Maroon Wall

Jana Bowman of Bryan proudly displays an American flag as she takes part in honoring the memory of Lt. Col.Roy Tisdale along with hundreds of others who showed thier support outside Central Baptist Church in College Station, where Tisdale's funeral was held Thursday afternoon.

July 5, 2012: More than 450 students, parents and children from around the community gathered on the front lawn of Central Baptist Church in College Station, creating what quickly became known as the "Maroon Wall" in honor of fallen soldier Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, Texas A&M Class of '92.

The wall was created as a way to keep Westboro Baptist Church members, who had announced plans to protest during the service, from disturbing Tisdale's family.

"When we first set it up, we were expecting maybe a handful of people out there," 21-year-old event organizer Chris Rowan said in an interview with The Eagle after the services. "I'm still overwhelmed about how many people came out. There was so much love coming from this."

July 5, 1950: Gov. Allan Shrivers presented a full-scale Liberty Bell replica to Texas A&M during a fundraising event, according to state archives. It was given in recognition of A&M's contributions during World War II. He said, “No one suffered more than the Aggies, so we will give it to them." The bell sits on display in the Academic Building.

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