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Human shield planned at Marine’s funeral

WZZM-TV • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price was killed fighting in Afghanistan on July 29. Sgt. Price was 27 years old and on his sixth deployment in Afghanistan. In honor of the Marine, the Holland mayor is ordering U.S. flags throughout the city to half staff Wednesday through Saturday.

Price's body will arrive at Tulip City Airport at 10 a.m.

Funeral services are Saturday at 10 a.m. at Central Wesleyan Church, 446 West 40th St., Holland. Visitation begins Wednesday at Langeland-Sterenberg Funeral Home.

A church known for its noisy, anti-military funerals, says it plans to protest on Saturday.

On Monday, President Obama signed a new law that restricts protesters from gathering within 300 feet of a military funeral two hours before and two hours after a service, saying, "The graves of our veterans are hallowed grounds."

Members of the community of Holland are already planning a counter-protest. Two women created a Facebook page, asking thousands of people to help them form a human shield to protect the family.

Hundreds of people from across the country have pledged their support.

One woman wrote, "I think it shows that people are truly upset that someone may and could try to blemish someone's truly brave sacrifice for freedom, justice, democracy and loyalty."

It's not known if the protestors will show up. Organizers say if you want to help form the human shield, to please bring an American flag, not a protest sign.

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