Texas A&M fans have more to be proud of than just their induction into the SEC this week. On Thursday, 650 students and alumni stood arm in arm in front of the Central Baptist Church in College Station to create a maroon wall, blocking the family of a fallen soldier from the hurtful protests of the Westboro Baptist Church. The family of Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale did not have to see the hate-filled group or hear about the hateful things they think of soldiers. The students and alumni stood in silence in respect for Tisdale and his family.
A call went out early in the week on Facebook for students and alumni to wear maroon and show up at the church on Thursday after rumors swirled that WBC planned to picket the funeral of the class of 1993 soldier. The maroon wall should cause fans pride to swell. Lt. Col. Tisdale had 650 12th men standing for him on Thursday. After the service at the Central Baptist Church, Tisdale was laid to rest at the Aggie Field of Honor. The military school showed its support Thursday in enough force to keep Westboro Baptist Church far from the funeral. It is not surprising that Aggies would stand up to the protest of the so-called church seeing as how many alumni end up serving this country in one of the five armed forces.
No soldier’s family should ever have to fear the protests of Westboro Baptist Church, and Texas A&M students insured the Tisdales did not have to see the hateful messages. Hopefully the students continue to stand up for soldiers from the area. The maroon wall is not just something to be feared on the football field but also when you choose to protest a fallen hero.