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Guardsmen Angry about Church's Decision to Protest at Memorial Service

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YAKIMA, Wa -    Guardsmen say they are angry about a controversial church's decision to protest at a memorial service for a fallen soldier in Yakima.

The service for Maj. Alan Johnson will be this Saturday at 2pm at the Yakima Readiness Center.  Johnson was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq last week.

The Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at the service.  The church believes god is punishing America for harboring homosexuals by killing soldiers overseas.

"Well, I'd say as human beings and the fact that somebody's passed, no matter what your beliefs are, I think it's disgraceful," says Lt. James Jackl of the HHD 420th Chemical Battalion.

The governor will also be at the armory for the memorial service.  Tomorrow, she'll sign a bill into law that requires all protestors at military funerals to remain at least 500-feet away.

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