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Venture into my crazy life w/ 2 boys!

This, sadly, is not the first military funeral our town has seen. I live in a small town and ALOT of our men and women join right after high school, useally for one if two reasons.  People here, most of the time, tend me be very patriotic and two there are few jobs here and they need work. I know "they" say the war is over, but it's not in my mind when our men & women are coming home in a casket. This is the first one I was able to attend, and I hope it's the last our town will ever see, and anywhere else for that matter. I was unable to attend the funeral, but I wanted to atleast line the street with the others to pay my respects as the hearse went by. I didn't know him but I'm thankful to him for giving his life protecting my family and I.My oldest was still in school, but I took my youngest with me.  I don't know if Phoenix will remember it, he's only 4, but I hope it taught him something. When he asked why we were there, I told him a solider died so we're here to say goodbye. He asked if he was my friend, I told him no, but he's a super hero who helps and protects us from bad guys (he's really into superheroes so that's the best way I could think to explain it lol). Some photos are mine, the ones that aren't are marked as not mine. The writting below each photo I got from a newpaper article.

 

(Newspaper article)

Deborah Taylor led her family across the tarmac to a casket draped in the American flag that contained the body of her middle son.

Her husband, Mark, gently placed his palm on the casket. Mrs. Taylor’s youngest son, Chris, did the same.

And then Mrs. Taylor followed, welcoming her son home.

In silence interrupted only by the hum of TV helicopters and clicks of news cameras, six Marines carried Cpl. Johnathan Taylor’s casket to a waiting hearse.

Along the way, three Marines lost their dress caps to a strong wind. A soldier retrieved them.

After Cpl. Taylor’s casket was placed into the hearse, Mrs. Taylor started to walk off with her family and friends. Then she stopped and walked over to the soldier holding the caps, taking them from his hand.

She returned the “cover” caps to their owners with a message.

“This was a sign from my son,” she said, “because he hated wearing his cover.”
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There were not this many people lined up where I was but I hear there were alot of large crowds along the way. Some teachers & daycare works brought the kids out from the nearby schools to pay their respects.
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(Newspaper article)
"Children sat on the curbs in front of their schools, waving small American flags. Veterans stood rigid in military salute. Government workers watched solemnly, right hands over their hearts.

Many carried flags of all sizes. Long ladder fire trucks flew gigantic American flags from the top rung.

At Inverness Christian Academy just south of Inverness, about 100 children lined the sidewalk waiting for the procession.

Fourth-grader Caleb Deal, 10, had never met Cpl. Taylor but he wanted to show his respects anyway.

“He risked his life to make us free,” Caleb said.

At the entrance to Clearview Estates, on top of the State Road 44 hill west of Inverness, Andrew Tarpey sat with a flag that he said was flown at ground zero.

“This is what being American is all about,” the Vietnam veteran said, explaining as he waited on the procession. “This young man made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Mrs. Taylor later said she especially appreciated seeing signs that referred to her son as “Butters,” the nickname he received in high school because he couldn’t hold onto the football.

“We knew those were his real friends,” she said.

She was struck by the number of children, especially.

“We saw some kids playing a song; I think it was in Brooksville. That really choked us up,” Mrs. Taylor said. “John loved children.”

The turnout, Mrs. Taylor said, was overwhelming.

“It was absolutely beautiful,” she said. “We can’t thank the community enough for their support and love.”"
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Enough said ="'(
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This and the rest are my photos.
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(Newspaper article)
The body of Cpl. Taylor, 23, arrived from Dover Air Force Base shortly after 1 p.m. at Hernando County Airport. Officers with Citrus and Hernando counties escorted Cpl. Taylor’s family and the hearse along a two-hour procession to the Wilder Funeral Home in Homosassa.

Joining were about 120 motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard and other veterans’ organizations. All told, the procession stretched nearly a mile long.

It headed from the airport toward U.S. 41, then north through Floral City and Inverness, west on State Road 44 to County Road 490 in Lecanto, and then west to U.S. 19 in Homosassa before it concluded at the funeral home.

Thousands of men, women and children lined sections of the route to pay their respects.

Rena Hoover stood in front of Carter’s Auto Recycling, owned by her father, and talked about her boyfriend who is a civilian in Afghanistan working with the military.

“It breaks his heart, so ultimately it breaks my heart,” Hoover said.

Cpl. Taylor, a 2006 graduate of Lecanto High School, served four combat tours — one in Iraq and three in Afghanistan. He joined the fourth tour in January and was on a foot patrol when an explosive device detonated near his feet.

He had just talked to his mother by phone before heading out on patrol. Cpl. Taylor, 23, died Feb. 22.

Before leaving for the airport, Mrs. Taylor showed a visitor some mementos she had gathered on a table in their Sugarmill Woods home. Covering the table was an American flag that her son brought back from Iraq, signed by men in his unit. Atop the table were photographs; in each, Johnathan is flashing a bright smile.

“He enjoyed his life and he enjoyed his life with the Marines,” Mrs. Taylor said.
 
 
 
 
 
If you're interested in watching video you can at this link...
http://www.livestream.com/chroniclelive/video?clipId=pla_337ddac7-49ff-4b08-916f-af200bb7f00e
The actual funeral precession starts at about 3:30 in the video.

 

 

I hope and pray the rest of the soldiers coming home goes this way...

 

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Toby6...
Mar. 5, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Thank You for Honoring this Young Soldier & his Family. Breaks my heart & makes it cry for this Family. You all make me Proud to be Christian American.

 ♥♥♥ Cpl. Johnathan Taylor ♥♥♥ May You Rest In PEACE!♥

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goatmom4
Mar. 5, 2011 at 6:27 PM

I am sorry he had to give his life   for  us but thank you    he can watch over from heaven

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Lb128f
Mar. 5, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Keeping the family in thought and prayer. So sad.

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Babyl...
Mar. 6, 2011 at 10:37 AM

veterans daySaying prayers and voting popular....so very sad and very unnecessary!

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