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    This last Saturday, I attended a funeral in a small(ish) east Texas town.
    Having spent many years around larger towns, I had gotten used to the world just buzzing along as the funeral procession traveled down the highway.
    I was pleasantly surprised to see all but a handful of vehicles pull to the side of the road. The county deputy that blocked traffic so we could all turn into the cemetery safely had removed his hat and held it respectfully over his heart until the entire procession cleared the highway. It's a "respect" thing in the small town where I grew up.
    Where I have lived in Houston, Dallas, even Fort Worth, to pull to the side of the road for a funeral procession was a death wish!

    Just a shout out to the citizens of Palestine, Texas for their kindness and respect and the Anderson Co SO for their professional traffic control and respect.

    Many thanks!!

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    Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
    This last Saturday, I attended a funeral in a small(ish) east Texas town.
    Having spent many years around larger towns, I had gotten used to the world just buzzing along as the funeral procession traveled down the highway.
    I was pleasantly surprised to see all but a handful of vehicles pull to the side of the road. The county deputy that blocked traffic so we could all turn into the cemetery safely had removed his hat and held it respectfully over his heart until the entire procession cleared the highway. It's a "respect" thing in the small town where I grew up.
    Where I have lived in Houston, Dallas, even Fort Worth, to pull to the side of the road for a funeral procession was a death wish!

    Just a shout out to the citizens of Palestine, Texas for their kindness and respect and the Anderson Co SO for their professional traffic control and respect.

    Many thanks!!
    A nice thought and words Bubba ! Respect is still a fine aspect of our ever growing fast life style. It’s good to know some have not adopted the ‘meme’ frame of mind !

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    • #3
      Used to be the law in Indiana. Dunno if still is. Had a lib at work from Pittsburg go on a major rant about stupid hicks pulling over and stopping for funeral processions.

      By the time they got done venting the whole office was giving them the GFY stare.

      Yeah, party of tolerance and respect.... my arse.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CD2 View Post
        Used to be the law in Indiana. Dunno if still is. Had a lib at work from Pittsburg go on a major rant about stupid hicks pulling over and stopping for funeral processions.

        By the time they got done venting the whole office was giving them the GFY stare.

        Yeah, party of tolerance and respect.... my arse.
        Back about age 20, I'm driving on IH Loop 610 on the NW side of Houston when I see a funeral procession on the other side of the loop.
        I'm dodging and ducking traffic, trying to find a place to pull over.
        Nearly got hit twice before I realized, "This don't work in Houston!" and quickly rejoined the traffic flow.
        Sheila Jackson-Lee (D TX) would have been proud!

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        • #5
          It is the law in Ohio to yield at intersections for cars in procession with lights on. Don't have to pull over for approaching procession.

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          • #6
            In Alabama, there's no State law concerning funeral processions other than they are not to be harrassed. However, cities can pass their own ordinances concerning such. For instance, in Decatur, AL, a procession is limited to no more than 15 vehicles.

            I don't pull over if travelling in the opposite direction. But I yield if the procession is travelling through an intersection in front of me, even if there is no police escort.
            Trump 2020 - Keep America Great!

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            • #7
              I am not aware of any "laws" in either TX or OK about yielding to a funeral procession.
              All I have to go on is my experiences in my youth (my parents stopped for funerals) and young adulthood in east Texas where I stopped for funerals. ...and even removed my hat! It was a "respect" thing.
              There were 3 SO units.
              One led the procession.
              The other two blocked major intersections for the procession.
              In today's world, I was probably as surprised as anyone else that ANYBODY stopped!

              You'll have to admit, it would increase the safety over gawkers and rubber neckers.

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              • #8
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                Trump 2020 - Keep America Great!

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                • #9
                  There are many factors that have changed in our society, cultural makeup since I was a young teenager in the ‘50’s. There were different ‘american’ virtues in those days, more solidarity to principals and thoughts of others. In the years since with the extent of greater immigration, there has been a sincere loss of that true ‘americanization’ and a huge number of those living now in this country do not, and have not, accepted many of the norms of the past that I have known. The country has become too diversified, is no longer the ‘rural’ America with the old American values that I think many of us now miss. Many present cultures simply do not conform to those coveted values, jmho !

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                  • #10
                    Small town here, well 50K or so.
                    Had our second or third murder this year.
                    Urban type (same as others), this one an import.

                    Their culture sucks.

                    But sure, make fun of us crackers that pull over for a funeral procession.
                    We're stoopid, don't know "nuffin".

                    They demand "respect" and have none of their own.

                    Can't teach it either. generation after generation they have shunned the concept. Out of wedlock birthrate at 75%.

                    Unfortunately tolerance of that crap has led to a poisoning of outsiders.

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