Army Sgt Jamar A. Hicks of Little Rock, Arkansas was killed in action in Afghanistan earlier this month. The 22-year old husband and father of a 1-year old son was afforded full military honors at the Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery on Friday, August 23, 2013. It was our honor to stand the “flag line” at his church services with the Patriot Guard Riders, escort his body to the cemetery , then stand the “flag line” again at his final resting place. Jamar gave his full measure of service to this country.
About 150 bikes and trikes from four states showed up in Little Rock to show their respects to a fallen soldier
One of several “Buffalo Soldiers” at the services - they are a black Marine Corps unit from Little Rock
The front fender of a bike that was painted with the “Warrior's Prayer”, taken from the Bible in Psalm 91.
These two riders from South Arkansas were also Rotarians and noticed the Rotary emblem on the windshield of our trike!
These are the “Big Flag” bikes lined up ahead of the hearse, ready to ride escort to the cemetery. We were near the front of the line behind the police cruisers
On Interstate 30, crossing over the Arkansas River and passing the Clinton Presidential Library
Motorcycle police provided road blocks for the mile-long escort to move through the city
We rode on the Interstates, and….
…through quiet neighborhoods, and…
…up city streets, led by 8 “mounted” law enforcement officers (LEOs)
All along the routes, people stopped to pay respect to the young soldier
Fire Departments usually display these huge flags that the escort passes under on the way to the cemetery
Different military untis were lined up for blocks along the sides of the street…
…as we made the turn into the cemetery.
All ages came to honor the fallen, including our 8 “escort motorcycle cops” standing behind
One of the PGR members who met us at the cemetery stood at attention as the flags passed
The rifle corps was waiting for their “21-gun salute” to conclude the services
This solitary older gentlemen, saluting our flags when we passed him, made me want to cry
“The Color Guard” and an old WWII soldier's “walker” by the bench
Standing the flag line at the cemetery, awaiting the family and friends of Sgt Hicks