July 17, 2006, - 11:51 am
By Debbie Schlussel
As I wrote, a week ago, Sgt. Duane Dreasky (here and here), a brave U.S. soldier and Army National Guardsman, passed away–after 8 valiant months fighting to live.
The Michigan-based man was the last of several U.S. military victims of a terrorist IED targeted at the HumVee in which they were riding. Despite horrible burns over 75% of his body, he tried to salute President Bush when he visited his hospital room and established a scholarship to help others–even though he was in dire straits himself.
Unfortunately, his funeral may be targeted by the vile, wacko military funeral protesters you’ve been reading about elsewhere. Sgt. Dreasky’s close friend, Brad Gerard, writes and sends this photo taken just days before he was attacked by terrorists:
Duane was my friend. Sometimes nicer things are said about someone once they have died, but in this case all of the good things are true. Duane is someone who I am proud to have called a friend. Here is a picture from an email to me just 12 days before his accident. I am sure this is how he would like to be remembered. . . .
There will be a service for Duane Sat. July 22nd 11:00 AM at Walled
Lake Western High School. He is now at O’Brien Funeral Home in Novi with viewing expected for Thursday and Friday. I understand protesters are expected at his service. If Duane were here he would be enraged. I don’t know how to feel.
If you live in the Detroit area, please attend this service at Walled Lake Western High School and block/drown out the protesters. While he may have died protecting their right to free speech, their actions are an outrage. More proof that there’s no accounting for good taste in America.
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