Marine Corporal Richard Bennet died at the age of 25. Westboro Baptist Church heard about his passing and chose to protest at his funeral. When they arrived and got ready to picket, they saw who was sitting there, waiting for them.
Local residents here didn't think much of a sparsely decorated tree that popped up overnight in a nearby park,. They figured someone festive decided to simply add to the town's decorations. The lackluster Christmas tree didn't get much attention until someone happened to notice what was dangling from a branch.