I grew up in a one stoplight town. It prides itself on its hometown hospitality and values, but never have I seen it unite the way it has over the past week to honor one of their own. Twenty-three year old Josh Witsman, sacrificed his life in Afghanistan for our country, and Covington brought him home with dignity and honor last night.
Thousands of flags lined the processional for over 14 miles of beauty that couldn’t be described. Thousands of people gathered and lined the streets to pay their respects. Hundreds of motorcycles, emergency professionals, family, and military members took part in a processional that stretched for over five miles. Something so incredibly sad, yet so absolutely special to be a part of.
Some saluted, some held their hands over their hearts, some shed tears freely, but together we honored him with a profound silence.
We are humbled and extremely grateful for those who have paid such a high price for our freedom.
May we never take this flag and for which it stands, for granted.
Our hearts and our prayers go out to the Witsman family.