LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tribute to a fallen hero

Monday, July 23, 2012 | 3:57 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 23, 2012

Never, in all the 78 years of my life, have I seen such a spontaneous outpouring of people who filled the streets and sidewalks for blocks around First Baptist Church for the funeral service of Spc. Sterling Wyatt, native son and fallen hero of Columbia. No dictator had ordered them there, it was not a sports event or national disaster. It was love and gratitude for the sacrifice of this 21-year-old, who gave all for his country, and for his grieving family. It was an act of protection for the grieving family, and of righteous indignation against that nest of vipers from Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., who vowed to ruin the service with their ungodly, vile protest.