PGR - "Honoring Hicks"

by Brenda Nelson August. 27, 2013 3824 views

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

Too many….

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

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Yves Monast 7 years, 11 months ago

awesome post must of been a wonderful day like the paint job on the tank....

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Marsha 7 years, 11 months ago

OK....couldn't get through it without crying. Sad, but beautiful tribute to this young man who gave all...

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Gillian Parsons 7 years, 11 months ago

All of you did the most wonderful job paying tribute to this man, sadly so many have lost their lives.

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Josy 7 years, 11 months ago

Great and emotional set.

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Larry Nelson 7 years, 11 months ago

Great reportage of an emotional mission completed with the Patriot Guard Riders!

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Sara G 7 years, 11 months ago

Very emotional post..beautifully done.

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Mike Meliska 7 years, 11 months ago

Amazing and touching set.

7 years, 11 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 11 months ago

Totally emotional and moving post, Brenda...Terrific report. I have a lump in my throat...

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