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Group to protect military funerals from protestors

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL. -  This past Tuesday, March 2, 2011, the Supreme Court in Snyder v. Phelps, et al, 562 U.S. ___ (2011), ruled that the First Amendment protects the right of ne'er-do-wells to visibly and audibly protest in the face of family members at the funerals of their beloved sons and daughters who have recently died in military service to us and our country.

"Fortunately," says Martin C. Boire, Chairman of Support Our Troops, Inc." the First Amendment also guarantees we are free to speak in a positive manner at military funerals -- free to show our respect, our love and our gratitude for what has been done for us."

And so through Operation Honor Guard good Americans will be able to guard the honor and dignity of the ceremony in a positive, pleasant, memorable non-confrontational, manner.

The moral equation is quite simple, Mr. Boire continued, "these brave men watched out for us and our families, and we will now look out for them and their families. The youths whom a soldier has protected, will now see him safely off."

"In honor of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, and all those like him whose sacrifice has been so disrespected, and in support of the valiant battle that his parents fought on behalf of Matthew and his fellows, Support Our Troops® has created Operation Honor Guard™", said Bruce Jonas, Vice President of SupportOurTroops.Org.

Put more succinctly, to the guard the honor and dignity of the funeral ceremony, youths whom this soldier has protected, will now help see him safely off in proper and positive manner.

In this program, SupportOurTroops.Org will arrange, and if need be fund, the expenses of local high school bands to line the roadside in full uniform and formation, each member with a small American flag on their band hat, softly playing wonderful traditional American songs as the family arrives for the funeral, as well as during the proceedings and the departure. SupportOurTroops.Org will also arrange for the necessary permits and all necessary instructions for the band.

Just as these fallen soldiers have sacrificed to guard and protect us and our families, awesome American youths with the wisdom to appreciate that can now under the auspices of SupportOurTroops.Org stand in the gap to honor and guard the dignity of the funeral ceremony by protecting the family from interruption and pain, while honoring the memory of the lost soldier.

This is especially important due to the undesirables who, acting for their own personal gain, have shamelessly and selfishly sought to intrude upon a painfully private and tender moment meant only for family and friends.

Operation Honor Guard™ is meant to insulate the family, to whom America owes so much for what they have given, from any undue and unwarranted negative distractions caused by unwelcome visitors during such a personal moment. As Mr. Boire puts it, "They don't need a confrontation. They don't need a circus. They need the positive support like this will afford."

It assures that what these families mostly see, and in the background softly hear throughout the ceremony, are Americans who appreciate and respect them and their lost loved one.

They will recall positive images, and positive pleasant songs such as God Bless America, The National Anthem, America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic, This Land is Your Land, and other appropriate religious, American, and patriotic songs.

Operation Honor Guard™ assures that the proper dignity, respect and gratitude are given to fallen American soldiers and their families during military funerals for current active duty troops.

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