The California Patriot Guard Riders are the living proof that the honor of the country and of those who falls for this country is of utmost importance to them.
Jonathan Turner, a Marine Corps Staff Sergeant spent seventeen years with the USMC. During that period, he went on seven tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. Turner retired in 2014 at the age of 40.
He d*ed just a year later from combat-related injuries in California. Turner’s family lives in Georgia and they were truly devastated at the news but were equally helpless as they couldn’t afford to fly to California to pick up his cremated remains.
So they decided to have Turner’s remains shipped to them in a USPS box. But the California Patriot Guard Riders quickly said they would transport Turner’s remains to Georgia themselves.
PGR said on their website, “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.”
Jeff Goodiel of the Georgia Patriot Guard Riders told Fox 5 News,“The California Patriot Guard Riders contacted all of the state captains from California to [Georgia] and explained the situation, that it wasn’t proper to ship this war hero home via FedEx.”
Hundreds of volunteers took part in the caravan, riding for more than 2,000 miles.
A PGR member from Oklahoma said, “I got on the road at 6 o’clock [Friday] night out of Huntsville, Alabama and I rode over to Oklahoma. I need the family to know that you’re not alone and we care.”
Each group of riders handed off Turner’s remains while they performed a small ceremony to pay their respects to him. A video was shot and posted on YouTube.
Turner’s family was touched by the effort. Turner’s Mother said, “It’s heartwarming, to see all these people here. I know that he was loved by a lot of people.”
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