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PATRIOT GUARD - "Standing for the Fallen"

2014.10.20
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Last Friday and Saturday, we went on two Patriot Guard Riders' missions to Central Arkansas - one veteran was 89 years old and the other was 74. It is always such an honor to pay our respects to those who stood for us in times of war and peace.
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We fly a 3x5 foot "parade flag" behind our bike on these missions
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The Catholic church where the services were held
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Standing the flag line while the family and friends arrive at the church - about 30 minutes in silence
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Breaking down the flags without ever letting them touch the ground
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People along the sides of the streets and roads stopped to pay respect to the veteran as we escorted his body to the cemetery
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Riding "drag" in front of the hearse
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The Honor Guard came to pay full military honors to the veteran - the two Marines folded and presented the flag to the family and the Navy corpsman played "Taps"
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I'm not allowed to take photos of the family or the actual ceremonies
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After the mission, we always go with other riders to have lunch somewhere. The man on the left is the ride captain/veteran and the rider on the right is a local pastor/veteran.
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Another beautiful morning for another veteran's services
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"Mounting Up" to escort the body to the cemetery
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A field along the 9-mile route to the small country gravesite
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Larry and the ride captain getting the flags ready to stand the respect line at the cemetery
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On the way back over, over the Ozark Mountains
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6 Comments
MoMac What a lovely way you respect your veterans , and love that last capture plus the 10th one.
MoMac · 2014-10-20: 17:03
StillBill Great post. You guys are to be commended for your continued support.
StillBill · 2014-10-20: 17:07
girafferacing A wonderful gesture of support
girafferacing · 2014-10-20: 17:16
josy63 Beautiful and moving tribute.
josy63 · 2014-10-21: 02:54
skmarar It's great to remember the sacrifice of those who laid down their lives for generations to come - nice tribute, Brenda :)
skmarar · 2014-10-21: 03:30
lookagain Wonderful endeavor on your part! I'm sure the families were extremely grateful. At my dad's graveside service there was a 2 man honor guard (Navy). They did a flag ceremony and one of them played taps....it was touching and beautiful...
lookagain · 2014-10-21: 08:40
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