To Honor a Fallen Hero 2008July3

July 3, 2008

Army Spc. Joel A. Taylor 20, of Pinetown, N.C.

assigned to the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; died June 25 in Mosul, Iraq, of wounds sustained when his vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device on June 24.
Also killed were Sgt. Alejandro A. Dominguez and Pfc. James M. Yohn.

Photos and Story by Bubba
On arriving early in Washington, Donna and I first went to the funeral home and drove the route to the cemetery. As traffic allowed, we stopped and took photos of the homes and businesses that displayed flags and signs in honor of SPC Taylor.

By the time we got back to the funeral home, the previously empty parking lots had filled and people were walking from all directions.
We stayed long enough to get a few photos of the Patriot Guard Riders in attendance.

Eagles met and took up positions in several different locations along the route. Flag lines were established to honor the motorcade carrying SPC Joel Taylor to his home place.
Captain Bailey gathered with about a hundred people at the Food Lion in Washington near the funeral home.
TraderDave setup at Five Points, about 5 miles north of the turn onto Highway 32.
Donna and I went to the home of Washington Eagles Nicky and Crystal Hopkins who live on Highway 32. There we established our flag line with them. We were joined by five other local residents.

Unfortunately, I have no photos of the other groups that were along the funeral route. Once I set up the big flag, I cant go anywhere.

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