NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — As Nashville says goodbye to Officer John Anderson at the Cornerstone church, many others stood along the procession route to pay their respects.
It was a send off for a hero, handmade signs created by children were just one of the many kind gestures from strangers who wanted to honor the life of officer John Anderson. Law enforcement from all over the state, Tennessee first responders and people officer Anderson didn't even know lined the streets to honor a hero in blue.
Lights flashed down Gallatin Pike as Anderson's hearse followed.
Standing in support of his family was a group of children with their hands over their hearts. These kids are participating in a summer camp at Saint Joseph School.
With paint, markers and some paper they wrote a thank you message to a man who laid down his life for his city.
The students say they wanted to pay their respects to Officer Anderson, an officer who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"We're supporting officer Anderson with these signs for support because he was serving our country," said 11-year-old Seger Evens.
A big banner the kids created quoted Bible scripture saying "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
"Some of the signs say rest in peace, some showed love and compassion to the families and all the officers and fallen officers," said 10-year-old Julian Moultry.
Being a police officer is a job these kids say only the brave can do, and officer Anderson was one of them, and for that Officer Anderson's sacrifice will never be forgotten.
So people from near and far paraded the streets to say thank you and good bye.