When word reached the Forum from the American Military Partner Association, that SSGT Dana Johnson, a member of the North Carolina National Guard, had been killed by an IED in Afghanistan earlier this month, we were concerned about how her wife would be treated by the Army. This was the first instance of a same gender married couple losing a wife in combat. It has been reported that all the dignity and respect afforded the survivors of all fallen patriots has been extended to Dana’s widow, Tracy Dice. Hundreds if not thousands lined the streets of her hometown to pay their respects to this much loved soldier.
Unfortunately, the so called Westboro Baptist Church (aka cult), after publishing a hateful press release, picketed both her memorial service and funeral. In addition to soldiers from Ft. Bragg and Marines from Camp Lejuene, the Patriot Guard Riders were there to block this group from upsetting the ceremonies. At one point, one of the members of the cult threw the United States flag on the ground and was arrested. To read more about this incident and view the video of this disgraceful conduct visit the Huffington Post.