In an amazing act of patriotism and honor, bikers across the nation made sure the remains of Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Johnathan Turner–a veteran of seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan–made it home to his mother.
When the Patriot Guard Riders caught wind that Turner, who died from combat-related injuries in California, was to be shipped back to his mother in Georgia via the mail, they put a stop to that plan and came up with a new one.
Turner’s mother was unable to attend the Marine Corps funeral given to her son in California, so they were simply going to ship the remains of her son back to Georgia.
Instead, the Patriot Guard Riders across the nation rode legs of the trip to get him back home. At each stop, the bikers did a ceremonial handing off to honor the fallen soldier.
The Patriot Guard Riders website identifies this group as follows:
“The Patriot Guard Riders is a 100% volunteer, Federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and Honorably Discharged Veterans.”
In a statement on their website, the Patriot Guard Riders posted this:
“Turner was a great leader who inspired his fellow Marines, both in the Corps and in daily life. You were his friend if you knew him for five minutes or five years. He would give you the shirt off his back.”
Marijo Tinlin is an author, blogger, editor and content marketer who lives in Boulder County Colorado. She is a wife and mother and she podcasts and blogs for several websites. Her book “How to Raise an American Patriot” features one of the greatest patriots of this country, Kevin Jackson.