Aggies join hands to form wall blocking Westboro Baptist Church protesters from alum’s funeral

Posted on 06 Jul 2012 at 1:41pm

In an effort of unity and pride, a group of Aggies formed a human wall Thursday to block potential anti-gay hate group protesters from a funeral of one of their own.

The students organized the event after the church announced it would protest former Aggie Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale’s funeral. He was killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg on June 28.

More than 600 Aggie students lined up in front of Central Baptist Church in Bryan on Thursday afternoon to hide the protesters — who never showed up — from the grieving family, according to BuzzFeed.

As a Texas native, I’ve always been proud of the solidarity the people of Lone Star State display on a daily basis, but actions like this make me truly proud to call Texas my home.

From the event page:

Westboro Baptist Church has announced their intention to protest the funeral of a fallen Ag.

Lt Col. Roy Tisdale

It is proposed that we respond with true Aggie spirit.

In response to their yelling, we will be silent. Like silver taps, like Bonfire Memorial.

In response to their signs of hate, we will wear maroon.

In response to their mob anger, we will form a line, arm in arm.

This is a silent vigil. A manifestation of our solidarity.

We must establish and enforce some ground rules, because Westboro loves pushing their constitutional rights down our throat.

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