My friend Kimberly and I met up this morning and made our way to the big 2nd Baptist Church on Woodway and Voss Dr in Houston, TX.
The viewing started at 10 am, the service was at 11.
Amazingly, we made it into the parking lot.
Yes, that’s a 1/2 dozen box of glazed donuts on the Sheriff’s trunk. A little levity during such a somber time.
There was close to 11,000 people there. They simulcast the services to all four 2nd Baptist campus’ all across the city and to all the police precincts and annexes. When was the last time you went to a funeral with 11,000 other people? It was a very moving tribute that included law officers from NYPD, to Washington State. We saw badges, and emblems from cities across Texas, including 4 Texas Rangers that sat in front of us.
There were firefighters, and two Tower Trucks with a massive American flag to welcome folks to the church.
All the law enforcement officers lined up by unit under the Tower Trucks for the color guard, and the 21 gun salute. A great sea of hats was a very impressive sight.
The helicopter fly over was very impressive, and they performed the missing man formation for the occasion.
There were hundreds of bikers there. All in their leathers, patched, and there to show solidarity for the officers in mourning. We followed “La Familia” out of the parking lot. They were very lovely people, and thanked us for letting them go in front of us.
One of the most touching moments of the ceremony was during Pastor Ed Young’s closing. He encouraged us to ‘have the back’ of the officers who ‘deliver us from evil’. He was quite passionate and prophetic about the changes that will come in our society, and that he knew the change was coming because of the outpouring of support that came from Deputy Goforth’s murder.
Dr. Young encouraged the children of Deputy Goforth, telling them twice that their father did not ‘die in vain’.
There is a Go Fund Me page for the Goforth’s, if anyone is interested in making a contribution. http://www.gofundme.com/dgoforth
I’m very grateful to my friend Kimberly who gave up her day to go with me. I’m grateful for the law officers who do their jobs daily, with little or no thanks. I’m very grateful for the peaceful existence I can enjoy because of their diligence and care.