Jonathan Turner was an American hero. Hailing originally from Georgia, the Marine Staff Sgt. served seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After sustaining serious combat injuries, Turner was forced to retire. One year after his retirement, he died as a result of those injuries.
Unfortunately, Turner died in California, where he was living at the time. This posed a problem for his family back in College Park, Georgia.
Turner’s family was simply unable to travel all the way to California in order to make arrangements. This unique set of circumstances meant that Turner’s remains would have to be sent to Georgia, via mail.
If you take issue with the notion that a war hero’s remains would travel home in a cardboard box, you’re not alone. Fortunately, the Patriot Guard Riders were in a position to take action.
The PGR is a biker’s organization that, in part, attends military funerals in order to protect funeral goers from potential protesters and harassment. Every veteran deserves a respectable burial, and the PGR exist to make that happen.
After the PGR caught wind of Turner’s arrangements, they decided to organize their largest operation to date. PGR chapters from California to Georgia, collaborated to give Turner a hero’s homecoming.
Jonathan Turner’s remains were carried across the entire length of the continental U.S. via motorcycle relay. Naturally, Turner’s mother was thrilled, stating, “It’s heartwarming, to see all these people here.”
“We did this primarily because his mother was unable to attend the services,” said Oklahoma Patriot Guard Riders Capt. David Noble, “and he had been cremated and we didn’t want him to go home in a Fed Ex box.”
Impressively, the PGR says that the convoy was organized within a matter of mere days. Their dedication and coordination is truly remarkable, as is the service that they provide.
Of course, the admirable group was more than happy to be a part of Turner’s last journey home. They know that military service entails great sacrifice, and they were more than willing to give just a little bit back.
The touching procession included motorcyclists, American flags, Marine Corps flags, and an air of sacred solemnity. Indeed, the Patriot Guard Riders were able to do something truly great for Staff Sgt. Jonathan Turner and his family.
-When the bikers found out what’s going on, they immediately step in…