Westboro announced their plans to protest at the site of the funeral for Pfc Cody J Patterson in Corvallis, Oregon. In the end, they never showed up. Supporters of the Army ranger had vowed to protect the services of young Mr Patterson and thousands showed up ready to do just that. A large contingent of Patriot Guard Riders, a motorcycle club whose goal is to protect the services of America's fallen heroes, were on hand to block any intrusion by Westboro.
All told, over 2,000 supporters, family, and friends of Pfc Patterson were on hand to assure him a somber and respectful goodbye. The counter protest grew through social networking until it's numbers were overwhelming and forced the Westboro "church" to slink away with their tails between their legs.
Joseph Hedberg, a National Guard veteran, tells KVAL, “We want to be completely peaceful, and we want to just represent the country that he fought and died for by having the American flag out here to keep the signs covered.”
"They went ahead and took it from there and shared it and posted it and started inviting more people,”
Pfc Patterson was killed in combat during an attack in the Zhari district of Afghanistan. Three other servicemen died in a mission to stop a suicide bomber.