Dear Editor:

On Saturday my family buried my cousin who died at the young age of 55 after serving in the military for 30 years.

The funeral procession followed U.S. Highway 231 to Highway 14 and then a short distance down Highway 111. To those who stopped for the procession, I would like to thank each of you for showing your respect to my cousin and to my family. May God bless each of you for doing the “right thing.”

To the Wetumpka Police Department, I want to thank you for the escorts and for standing at parade arrest for a fellow solider. I was more than impressed, I was deeply touched.

To those who did not stop, I want you to know that you disrespected a soldier who protected your lives by keeping the battle overseas and you disrespected my family. I suppose I should not be shocked. More than likely you do not pull to the side of the road for law enforcement or ambulances. Keep in mind they may be in route to save one of your family members lives and you just got in their way causing them to lose precious time.

For those of you who do not know any better, a funeral procession begins with an officer escort and ends with an officer escort. I ask that you please stop for the families that have lost their loved one. They are hurting. Your respect, believe it or not, is necessary at this time.

Seriously, are you in such a hurry that you cannot stop for a few moments or are you so selfish that you just don’t care? Perhaps you should take this time to reflect on your own life, those of your family members and then thank God that they are still in your life.

Angie Taylor