These “Boots”

Some boots are made for walking, some for fashion, some for protection, some for service, and some for combat.  These boots were made for all those things:

Lance Corporal Scott "Boots" Harper

I was so honored to be a small part of the “Welcome Home” crowd that lined the streets and roads of Douglas County this morning (it’s Thursday as I write this) to welcome home the body of Lance Corporal Scott “Boots” Harper.   He was 21 years old.  He got his nickname because he loved boots and wore them all the time. Even when he was wearing shorts, according to friends and family, he was wearing boots.  How fitting that in his chosen profession, his uniform would include boots.  But these boots were made for combat.

Scott Harper had long known what he wanted to do with his life.  He told his dad way back when that he wanted to “one of the few, one of the chosen.”  How fitting that he would choose to be “one of the few, the proud, the Marines”?  Yes, he was chosen to serve and he was very proud of being a Marine.   In his last conversation with his son, Scott’s father told reporters that Scott’s grandmother had ordered him a new pair of boots and he asked his dad if they had come in yet.  His father told him that they indeed had.  He wanted to know how soon he could send them.  Scott’s father took them to the post office and mailed them out on Tuesday.  Two days later, before he could even receive his new boots, Scott was killed in Afghanistan.   So far he is the only Douglas County native to have lost his life in the war in Afghanistan.  I hope he remains the only one.

Scott Harper

As sad as it is to lose a loved one, especially one so young, at least he died doing what he loved.  He knew early on what he wanted his life path to be.  He wanted to be a Marine.  And he died doing exactly what he wanted to do.  He was protecting his family, his friends and his country.  It was his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Scott’s body was flown into Charlie Brown airport, which is a small regional airport, not too far from Douglas County.  They brought him by motorcade back “home” to Douglas County escorted by numerous police agencies and motorcyclists including the Patriot Guard.  They had asked that citizens come and line the route to show support for his family.  I don’t know why but I felt pulled to be there.  I’m not disappointed that I did because even though I never personally met this young man I felt honored to be a part of his welcoming home.  The outpouring of love and support for his family and friends was unreal.

His funeral will be Sunday.  I hope it goes off smoothly because there is an extremist group (under the guise of being a church and Christians) that has already planned to picket his funeral.  I find this reprehensible and despicable.  It is hard enough to lose someone you love but to lose someone you love and have to deal with hate mongers at the same time would be more than I could handle.  I was hoping that our local law enforcement would put a stop to it but legally there is nothing they can do to stop it.  The law has no legal reason NOT to give them a permit to gather in protest.  I think what angers me the most (I’m not sure so many things anger me about this group) is that they made the statement that he died to give them the right to protest his funeral.  I mean I get what they mean… that he died fighting to protect the country and constitution that gives them the right to gather in protest, but come on!  Have you no human decency?

I think what I find even more reprehensible is the fact that this group calls themselves Christians.  IMHO they are anything BUT Christians.  They are hate mongers, racists, bigots and bullies.  They hide behind the bible and twist its words to further their cause.  My daughter kind of put it in a nutshell when she said “I have a hard time taking any group whose website is called “God hates fags” seriously. Some people just disgust me.”  I agree wholeheartedly!

This is a flyer they are distributing for Scott Harper’s funeral and it literally disgusts me:

“GOD HATES AMERICA & IS KILLING OUR TROOPS IN HIS WRATH.

Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom & play taps to a fallen fool. This message to be preached in respectful, lawful proximity to the memorial of Lance Cpl. Scott D. Harper Sun., Oct. 23 at 2:15 p.m.

Ephesus Baptist Church

8445 Ephesus Church Rd., Villa Rica, GA

Lance Cpl. Harper gave his life for the Constitutional right of WBC to warn America. To deny us our First Amendment rights is to declare to the world that Lance Cpl. Harper died in vain, and that America is a nation of sodomite hypocrites.

“Except the Lord build the house, They labor in vain that build it; Except the Lord keep the city, The watchman waketh but in vain.” Psa. 127:1.

The Lord no longer builds the American house; nor does the Lord watch over and protect America. These soldiers are dying for the homosexual and other sins of America. God is now America’s enemy, and God Himself is fighting against America.

THANK GOD FOR IEDs.”

Is that not the most disgusting thing you have ever read?  And we HAVE to let them picket.  My thought is that (and I mean this in the most respectful and loving way possible) Douglas County is just redneck enough that we will NOT put up with their crap.  I have a feeling that IF they show up, they will most likely be sorry that they did because I don’t think Douglas County citizens are going to take lightly to anyone, much less this sack of crap cretins that call themselves Christians, going after one of their own.  We may be small in numbers but we stick together and we stick up for one another.  They may rue the day they messed with Scott Harper’s family, friends and neighbors.

The word has been put out for all Douglas County citizens to show up to line the road/streets between the church and cemetery to at least form a buffer between these idiots and Scott Harper’s family.  I pray that no one gets hurt but I pray even harder that these disrespectful cretins decide NOT to come to Douglas County and I think at the very least they owe Boots’ family a public apology for even threatening to show up or even mention his name on their website.  They are not good enough, in my opinion, to be allowed to utter his name.  They are NOT Christians and they give a really bad name to those that are.  If that is what Christianity has come to then I want no part of it.

This is a link to a video someone took of the procession:

I know one thing they couldn’t do was tear our community apart. If nothing else, the “threat” of them coming into our county helped to pull us closer together.  As I was standing there waiting for the procession bringing Scott home I looked around and saw citizens from all walks of life, all there to do the same thing.  We were all there to honor our fallen hometown hero.  And the flag flying on the patriot guard motorcycles said it all for me “Standing for those who have fallen”.

The majority of people there were wearing red, white and blue and/or boots.  All to honor “Boots” Harper.   Greystone Power had two of their bucket trucks across the road from each other in front of their building with buckets extended overhead and a huge American flag hanging between the two buckets.  Parents were there with children they had taken out of school just for this occasion.  Grandparents with their grandchildren, young and old, teaching them what it is to be an American.  Ex-military were there wearing their hats in tribute.  Businesses closed down for a while just so their employees could go and stand and give honor to this young man who gave his life for us, who died protecting us.  Scott Harper, in his young life and early death, did something few others have been able to do.  He brought together a whole community who stood together, side by side and were made stronger because of him.

May we always stand for those who serve and protect us and thank them and honor them, both while they are alive and if necessary, in their death.  Let us not forget what they sacrifice for us.

RIP Lance Corporal Scott Boots Harper.

ADDENDUM:  I just wanted to add the link to the news video from Channel 23.  It’s about 16 minutes long but very moving and makes me so proud to be from Douglas County:

http://vimeo.com/31051328

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13 Responses to These “Boots”

  1. suzicate says:

    Beautiful introduction paragraph. This is so incredibly sad. I cried through the entire video clip. My heart and prayers are with this family and all other families of fallen soldiers. I hope everyone takes the time to thank those who risk their lives every day for our freedom. The cost of freedom is high and only the courageous take it in their hands. May God bless them all and their families for their sacrifice.

  2. Ron says:

    OMG, Peg…yours is the second video post I’ve cried over this morning.

    How sad.

    To think that people (who proclaim to be Christians) would act this way, totally blows me away.

    ” They are NOT Christians and they give a really bad name to those that are. If that is what Christianity has come to then I want no part of it.”

    You’re right, my friend…unfortunately they do give Christians a bad name. However, I know many Christians who are not this way.

    “May we always stand for those who serve and protect us and thank them and honor them, both while they are alive and if necessary, in their death. Let us not forget what they sacrifice for us.”

    Amen.

    RIP Scott. And thank you.

    X

  3. Stacey says:

    I think that if they think God hates America and has chosen to turn his back on it, then they should probably get the eff out of our country. I’m not really sure which “God” they’re worshipping either, doesn’t sound like the one I was taught about.

    I think its fantastic that you went to this, Peg. But I already knew that you were a good human being, loving and giving.

    Thoughts and prayers to his family, especially on that difficult day of his funeral.

    ♥Spot

    • pegbur7 says:

      Thanks Stacey. Tomorrow is his funeral and I’m hoping those idiots will stay the eff out of our county and I think you’re right. If they don’t like it here in the good old USof A then they can get the heck out of dodge. I’m sure not gonna try to stop them!

  4. terrepruitt says:

    I am ever so grateful to those in the military and their families for all of their sacrifices. Him and his family are in my prayers.

  5. I hate those Westboro creeps as much as anyone else. But I think they inadvertently started a good thing, having people from all walks of life come together in the Patriot Guard Riders, to honor those fallen in the line of duty and their families, and to nonviolently shield the mourning families from any protesters. They may have the Constitutional right to protest, but we have the constitutional right to isolate and ignore these cretins, and show America who really behaves in a Christian manner.

  6. I met Scott when he first got to 1/2 in 2009, I was his platoon Corpsman, and also one of the people who were lucky enough to get a chance to make a impact on such a wonderful individuals life.
    I am very moved by this article. And i appreciate you writing it.
    I agree with everything you Said About Westboro Baptist Church. In the extremest part of my brain, i think they should all be tied to a wall and shot.
    but the logical side says to let them protest. And although their message upsets everyone, especially veterans like myself, i just honestly think that one day, they will realize what they have done, the people they have hurt with their protest, the pure evil behind their message, and That their God doesn’t take kindly ugly.
    That torment and pain, will be greater than any “ass-whooping” any of us can give them. Although a little Radical-Christian-Fundamentalist-Ass Kickin’ aint never hurt nobody 🙂

    RIP Harper, May you live forever.
    Doc Goudeau.

    • pegbur7 says:

      Thank you for your kind words Justin. I do appreciate it. Thankfully they didn’t show up. I think they must have realized that Douglas Countians would give them the Radical-Christian-Fundmentalist-Ass Kickin’ of their life! Whatever the reason for their not showing up, I am thankful. I am also thankful for all Scott Harper and all the other service men and women do for the rest of us civilians. If it weren’t for all of them we might not have the freedom to even talk about who has the right to do what. Thanks for visiting and I do hope you’ll stop back by!

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