Everyone in America can agree that those individuals who lay down their lives to protect and serve our country deserve to be given a proper ceremony when they pass in the line of duty. That is exactly what the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) insure happen for our service men and woman.
The PGR is an organization that attends funerals for members of the military, firefighters, and police officers and protect those funerals from protesters and harassment.
This amazing group fills out the attendance at funerals for indigent and homeless veterans, performs volunteer work for veteran’s organizations and also hosts homecoming celebrations for troops who are coming home from overseas.
When Staff Sgt. Jonathan Turner died in California from combat-related injuries a year after he retired, the PGR showed up for him, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
The 41-year-old veteran had served seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His family was unable to attend his funeral in California where he lived. That is when the California PGR stepped in to make sure that Turner’s remains would return to his family in an honorable manner.
“The California Patriot Guard Riders contacted all of the state captains from California to Georiga and explained the situation, that it wasn’t proper to ship this war hero home via FedEx,” Jeff Goodiel of the Georgia Patriot Guard Riders told Fox 5 Atlanta. “Within days, a convoy was assembled with each state’s Patriot Guard Riders driving Turner’s cremated remains across their state and then passing those remains off to the next group of riders.”
“Within days, a convoy was assembled with each state’s Patriot Guard Riders driving Turner’s cremated remains across their state and then passing those remains off to the next group of riders.”
This event marks a record for the PGR, being the longest trip of its kind with hundreds of volunteers transporting the remains over 2,000 miles.
“It’s heartwarming, to see all these people here,” said Annie Glanton, Turner’s mother, “I know that he was loved by a lot of people.”
“Turner was a great leader who inspired his fellow Marines, both in the Corps and in daily life,” their website reads. “You were his friend if you knew him for five minutes or five years. He would give you the shirt off his back.”
You can watch the video of the PGR in action below.
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