Let’s Go Support a HERO: Marine Sgt. Dennis Kancler of Brecksville
I was distressed this morning to learn some upsetting news: the infamous and disgusting Westboro Baptist Church is calling on its members to protest at the upcoming funeral for Marine Sgt. Dennis Kancler, a hero from Brecksville who gave his life fighting for our country in Afghanistan.
I’d like to invite anyone who reads this post to join me in attending Sgt. Kancler’s funeral to show our support for this local hero and counteract the disgraceful displays of the Westboro protestors.
Several years ago, I had the honor of working with Sgt. Kancler’s father, Brecksville Police Chief Dennis Kancler. Chief Kancler is a wonderful man, and he frequently told me how proud he was of his Marine son. I was in Officer Candidate School with the Ohio Army National Guard at the time, and Chief Kancler would often stop by my office to talk about the great things his son was doing in the Marines.
A group called the Patriot Guard Riders is asking Ohioans to join them in attending Sgt. Kancler’s funeral in Brecksville on Thursday morning to protect his family from the Westboro protestors. I have taken the morning off work to attend and show my support, and I hope that other residents from Amherst and across northeast Ohio will join me.
Sgt. Kancler’s memorial service will take place this Thursday, August 11, at 10:00 AM, at Saint Basil the Great Catholic Church, 8700 Brecksville Road, Brecksville, Ohio. I contacted a representative of the Patriot Guard Riders, and was told that they welcome anyone to join them. If you can, please bring a small American flag to wave, or a respectful homemade sign voicing your support.
If you would like more information, please call my cell phone at (440) 506-0449. I would be proud to stand with you on Thursday morning and show support for a genuine American hero. I am embedding a map below with directions to Sgt. Kancler’s memorial service in Brecksville.