Members of the American Legion Post 74, along with a detective and first lieutenant with the Hopkinsville Police Department barricaded the cemetery expecting a visit from the president. However, schedule conflicts prevented the president’s tour, but didn’t mitigate the possibility of potential threats.
Herb Follis, the Post 74 commander, said they had to turn at least one person away for attempting to place Bush-opposing banners on the wall of the cemetery. He said others were allowed to enter because they were visiting gravesites.
Follis said the individual, who wasn’t named, was asked to leave and did so with little altercation.
“That’s ridiculous,” Follis said of the attempt.
Follis also said the group of Post 74 members came to a salute when the presidential motorcade was passing through, but it was so fast, they barley had time to pull off the introduction.