By: Staci Stallings
If you’ve been alive this last month, you know that certain celebrities have passed on. There’s no need to name them. You know who they are. Why? Because their deaths were reported and reported and re-reported on every station, every channel, every newcast for at least a week. News? What other news? There was no other news. Through this lense the world saw an America obsessed with fame, obsessed with entertainment… and it is easy to buy into that belief if that’s all you see.
But strangely, that’s not the America I live in. Did people here know about the celebrities’ deaths? Yes. We knew, but we didn’t stop everything like the reporters seemed to want us to.
Around the same time another young man died. He died defending this country in Afghanistan. He was killed in action. His death wasn’t reported breathlessly on the six o’clock news across the country. News of his impending funeral didn’t even make more than a single line appearance in the local paper. The line in the paper simply told the time and route of his final trip home.
It’s easy to believe that America only cares about rock stars and celebrities, that we are so vapid that only entertainment gossip matters to us. But on June 11, 2009, another America showed up, one they don’t report, one they don’t even acknowledge exists most of the time. But I will tell you that it is THIS America where I live… though Texas and Georgia are merely two states not even connected by bordering acreage. This is the America they don’t report, but it’s the America I think you should remember exists because vapid isn’t even in this America’s dictionary.
(The video is 12:37 but it’s worth every second.)
Killed in action the week before, the body of Sergeant First Class John C. Beale was returned to Falcon Field in Peachtree City, Georgia, just south of Atlanta, on June 11, 2009. Sergeant Beale was from Henry County and local police escorted the procession from Atlanta to the funeral home in McDonough, Henry County, Georgia.
A simple notice had been placed in the local papers indicating the route to be taken and the approximate time.
This is what happened along the way, all the way from Atlanta to McDonough.
/HT redstate, no quarter
God bless SFC Beale and God bless America!