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Patriot Guard Honors Utah Soldier Laid to Rest Today

Patriot Guard Honors Utah Soldier Laid to Rest Today



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(KSL News) A Utah man killed in Iraq was laid to rest today.

And an organization called the Patriot Guard showed up in force to the Cathedral of the Madeleine to make sure Brandon Parr was afforded appropriate respect. The Patriot Guard is a collection mostly of motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to making sure funerals of U.S. servicemen are not encumbered by protests.

A zealously anti-homosexual church in Kansas has attracted quite a bit of attention for its picketing of some funerals, though members of the church have not yet made it to any services in Utah.

Patriot Guard Honors Utah Soldier Laid to Rest Today

The organizers of the Patriot Guard say they're dedicated to respecting the sacrifice of those who die for their country.

They've taken up positions at eight funerals in Utah so far in Utah without incident. They say they'll provide the honor for Iraq casualties any time they're invited by the family.

Patriot Guard Honors Utah Soldier Laid to Rest Today

Army Specialist Brandon Parr was an active-duty soldier on his second tour in Iraq.

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