by Larry Little
American flags could be seen, waving in the wind all along South Street in Nacogdoches Saturday afternoon, as dozens came out to honor Army Specialist Travis Buford. "It's very emotional we are honoring a young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country, for all of us to be able to stand here and do this today," says Rollie Winfree with the Patriot Guard Riders. "We honor all of our service men and women who allow us to have the freedom to do all that we do," says Bobbie Wrecter.
Buford died last week in Iraq after a bomb exploded near the vehicle he was riding in. Bobbie Wrecter's son is a Marine, currently serving in Iraq. "No matter what branch of the military you are in we are all one big family. They are all of our sons, daughters, husbands," says Wrecter.
A group that protest soldier's funerals, the Westboro Church stated in a web site press release, they would be at Buford's funeral. They were a no show and with all of the patriotism, there was no place for politics.