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Allen “Butch” Cover of Fredericksburg – a member of the Patriot Guard – chats with (l-r) Elbert Rose, J. Harrell and Ken Creasy who are members of Spotsylvania’s American Legion Post 320 honor guard prior to the military funeral service for Jim Adams, a homeless Vietnam veteran who was struck and killed by a train in Fredericksburg on June 24, 2011. While the honor guard attends to the traditional ceremonies of a military funeral, the Patriot Guard’s self-proclaimed mission is to shield the funeral from any unwanted guests such as protesters. (Robert A. Martin / The Free Lance-Star)