I am hesitant to write about this tonight. It often seems that the death of a soldier is used to politicize the war in Iraq and how we should/shouldn’t be there. That is not the purpose tonight. Should anyone perceive that as my intention, please forgive me, as it is not.
Tonight I want to show you your America. It is so easy to get caught up in the sludge of our current politics. It’s a mess, no doubt. But America, the real America, IS NOT DEAD!
Tonight, St. Louis welcomed home Pvt. Lucas M. Gregg of Wright City MO. He died last week from injuries suffered in a non-combat related incident.
Pvt. Bregg was escorted home for one last trip through his home town, Wright City, Missouri, by the Patriot Guard, and by many officers from local law enforcement and fire agencies before being brought to a funeral home in St. Charles.
We passed many overpasses on the way to O’Fallon before selecting our spot to join many other St. Louisans in honoring this man’s sacrifice to his Nation. They all nearly looked like this:
I’m sure that as you neared his hometown, the crowds only grew larger. You could also spot a smattering of people in parking lots and fields along the route which we drove.
As we waited for the procession to make its way down I-70, many many cars blew their horns, waved or displayed some other sign of support. I damn near cried at how many there were.
That is your America folks. It may be down, but don’t count it out. It is very much alive and well.
Godspeed Private Bregg. No amount of words can ever repay you for your service or your sacrifice. Thank you.