PATRIOT GUARD - "We Will Not Forget"

by Brenda Nelson May. 27, 2013 3350 views

Larry and I rode with the Patriot Guard Riders for the Memorial Day ceremony at the Arkansas Veteran's Cemetery near Little Rock.

The Arkansas Veteran's Cemetery, where thousands of our warriors are laid to rest

My favorite veteran

“Kick stands up!” - leaving from the staging area for the cemetery in two rows of bikes carrying the US, Arkansas, Patriot Guard, and POW/MIA flags

And even with as many plots as there are, they are still making room for more.

This WWII veteran led the procession of men and women who represented all the different wars and conflicts

I noticed this little bench under the shade of a tree that had been donated by the Patriot Guard Riders at the cemetery

The Color Guard brought in the American flag and the banners of various military organizations. The man on the far left is the Governor of Arkansas, Mike Beebe, who was the guest speaker

The playing of “Taps” is always an emotional moment in each ceremony

The Patriot Guard Riders stood a “flag line” around the entire site in the hot sun for over an hour. Here they bow for the final benediction

Following the ceremony, the local Veterans' groups held a free lunch for everyone. The man on the left served in Vietnam, the young man in the middle rode with us and had just returned from Afghanistan, and the man on the right served in Iraqi Freedom.

Getting ready for the 4-hour ride back home

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Juhász Imre 8 years, 1 month ago

Wonderful tribute, great post!

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Moira 8 years, 1 month ago

Great report on this important memorial day .
BTW love your T-Shirts.

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Sara G 8 years, 2 months ago

Very well covered, Brenda..Thanks to people like you to honor them publicly..

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Felecia Eby 8 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful post Brenda. Five brought a tear to my eye.

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Marsha 8 years, 2 months ago

Your eye and camera caught some fantastic images, Brenda....well done....

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Dan Ravasio 8 years, 2 months ago

Totally moving stuff Brenda....

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Gillian Parsons 8 years, 2 months ago

Wonderful tribute to so many who fought, and what a handsome pair you make.

8 years, 2 months ago Edited
Josy 8 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful series Brenda and undoubtedly very moving !

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