More than 450 people stood side-by-side on the front lawn of Central Baptist Church in College Station Thursday, creating what quickly became known as the “Maroon Wall” in honor of fallen soldier Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale.
Many who came said they were there not only to show their appreciation and support for Tisdale, but to form a line separating those inside the church from any potential unwelcome guests.
As they often do in advance of military funerals, members of the extremist Westboro Baptist Church out of Topeka, Kan., had issued a press release indicating they’d be showing up in protest of Tisdale’s funeral.
There was no sign of them throughout the day. . .