In a time of such divisiveness it is really nice to hear a good story about a veteran that simply warms your heart. Just a week ago a video went viral on social media of a family meeting the casket of their fallen soldier on a Delta airlines flight. This week something else happened that will make you not lose faith in humanity.
An organization called The Patriot Guard Riders, known as the PGR, has members attend the funerals of fallen veterans and military soldiers who do not have somebody or anybody to be their for them. Some of their duties entail forming an honor guard at the burials to protect those in mourning from any harassment from anti-military protestors.
Sometimes they even have the chance to greet returning troops that are coming home from overseas tours during their welcoming celebration. They found out they have a new job. Staff Sergeant Jonathan Turner died this past week in California from combat related fatal injuries.
He had served during numerous tours of service as a Marine in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unfortunately his mother could not afford to fly to the West Coast for his funeral so the organization took care of all of the funeral arrangements and even shipped his ashes to his mother.
By mailing it they would have had to put them in a FedEx container which was unacceptable for them. Thus, they paid for a caravan to personally escort the ashes from California to Georgia. That’s one long car ride.
The remains were passed from one biker to another as they collectively biked thousands of miles to pass this Marines ashes to his family. Now that is some real American love and dedication.
Oklahoma Patriot Guard Riders Captain, David Noble said,
“We did this primarily because his mother was unable to attend the services, and he had been cremated and we didn’t want him to go home in a Fed Ex box.”
The Patriot Guard website said the following about the fallen Marine,
“You were his friend if you knew him for five minutes or five years. He would give you the shirt off his back.”
Their is no greater respect we should have than the respect we have for our veterans and the sacrifices they make.