tears as I slowly rode north on the feeder road of I-45 south of Dickinson today in the funeral procession of Pfc. Nathaniel Given, September 14, 1985 – December 27, 2006. Motorists pulled over to the side of the freeway, got out of their cars, walked through the wet grass and stood by the side of the road, saluting, hands over their hearts, crying, honoring this fallen soldier. At bridge overpasses, people pulled their cars over, got out and stood at the railing, honoring this fallen soldier. Businesses emptied of patrons along the route, stopping their daily routines to honor this fallen soldier. A large car dealer had the emergency lights on of every automobile, their employees and customers standing on the side of the road, honoring this fallen soldier.
This spontaneous display of silent honor by American citizens was an incredible sight to see. There were no politics, no shouting. Just quiet silence to honor this fallen soldier. I posted a few pictures here.
I am in awe at the turnout by the Patriot Guard and the community of Dickinson in honor of this fallen soldier. From the moment we left our staging area, all 166 of us, to the moment we left the cemetery with over 200 bikes, my pride in America and her people was restored in full. The sun hid and the rain fell. But our people stood strong, proudly honoring this fallen soldier. Honoring his courage, his commitment, his patriotism, our freedom. Thank you, Nathan, for your service to our country. May God comfort your family during this very difficult time.