Once upon a time, there was a young boy from the Kansas City area who grew up to become a soldier. His name was Jacob, and he was sent to Afghanistan to do his patriotic duty.
Sadly, Jacob was killed at the young age of 20 by a suicide bomber in Kandahar Province.
His family was understandably devastated, and scheduled his funeral for today - Tuesday, Nov. 23rd.
Unfortunately, an evil man named Fred Phelps heard about the funeral and decided to bring his crazy family to our town and protest.
Crazy Fred likes to protest military funerals by carrying signs that are disturbing and hateful, and to everyone's dismay, the Supreme Court has ruled that Crazy Fred has a constitutional right to spread his hate at funerals.
Well, you can imagine that the families of fallen, heroic soldiers don't need to see hateful signs at their loved one's funerals.
So...Operation Patriot Shield was born.
The plan? Line the streets near the church and the cemetery with hundreds - no, thousands - of red-blooded Americans, holding American flags of support -so that Fred and his crazy family can't get NEAR the deceased soldier's family.
We'll "shield" the family from Crazy Fred with patriotism.
And guess what?
It worked. Today, there were hundreds and hundreds of people, lining the streets of our town, and Crazy Fred got frustrated and left the funeral early. Before Jacob's family could ever see him. And his hate-filled messages.
The Drama Queen was woefully underdressed for standing out in the cold, for over four hours, holding a METAL pole and a huge American flag - but it was so worth it.
The Drama Queen cried. Jacob's family and friend cried. Veterans cried.
And Crazy Fred got mad. And left.
Poor Fred. Not.