"HONOR in a SMALL TOWN"

by Brenda Nelson July. 26, 2013 4064 views

Gentry, Arkansas knew how to show respect and honor for its own, as only rural Americans can. It was a day of mourning and remembering for Ben Tuttle, who, at age 19, was taken to his final destination.

Horsepower everywhere

This female Marine from Quantico had brought Ben's body from Germany back to his hometown

This Marine unit from Oklahoma met Ben at the airport and stayed with his body until the burial

Larry listened with other Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) during a briefing about our mission

Hundreds of PGR lined both sides of the street around the church

“Larry the Flagman” from Illinois brought 2380 American flags to be placed along the streets and the highway to the cemetery. It was his 112 mission for fallen soldiers

Each of us who stood the flagline for 45 minutes prior to the services held a 10-foot flagpole and a bottle of water in the heat

Thankfully, God gave us an overcast sky

This was my favorite photo of the day - an older veteran standing across the street from me

This boy make a “flagpole” from his crutch

This Patriot Guard rider was also a member of Seal Team One

This young man was on the motorcycle next to us

Escorting the body to the cemetery, while people lined the streets and roads the entire 17-mile ride

Another rural fire department came out to show their respect along the route

Once at the cemetery, the PGR stand another flagline around the burial site

The Rifle Corps that performed the 21-Gun Salute

“The Lone Marine”

One of the many patches worn by the PGR

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Helen Hooker 8 years ago

What a wonderful gesture by everyone there - thanks for sharing these.

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Sandra Vermeulen 8 years ago

This is such toughing report ...

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Josy 8 years ago

Grat and emotional moments !

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Gillian Parsons 8 years ago

Great tribute to this young man by everyone so wonderful to see...........................

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Yves Monast 8 years ago

Wonderful post nice to see all the people gaddered for a tribute

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Larry Nelson 8 years ago

Great reportage set of a very emotional event. What an honor to ride with the Patriot Guard Riders for this young Marine.

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