A group of veterans and bikers with a deep respect for those who serve their country transported the remains of a fallen American hero across the country with honor and respect.

Staff Sgt. Jonathan Turner was a brave American who voluntarily joined the United States Marine Corps and served the organization with distinction. He completed seven tours of Iraq before moving to California. Unfortunately, he passed away due to a combat-related injury at the young age of 41 years old, thousands of miles away from his family who lived in Georgia.

The military decided to send Turner’s remains in a brown UPS box via ground shipping, but a veterans’ group felt that this was not a fitting way to honor a true American hero. The Patriot Guard Riders, a group of bikers with a deep respect for those who serve their country, decided to take it upon themselves to transport Turner’s remains from California to Georgia in a way that was more fitting for a hero.

The Patriot Guard Riders, or PGR, was founded as a response to the Westboro Baptist Church’s protests at veterans’ funerals. The group made it their mission to support veterans and those who served the United States of America. When they learned that Turner’s remains were going to be shipped in a UPS box, they knew they had to step in and transport him home the right way.

“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,” Jeff Goodiel of the Georgia Patriot Guard Riders told Fox 5 Atlanta. “Within days, a convoy was assembled with each state’s Patriot Guard Riders driving Turner’s cremated remains across their state and then passing those remains off to the next group of riders.”

Hundreds of volunteers from the PGR banded together to transport Turner’s remains 2,000 miles across the country. This became the longest ride in PGR history, with each state’s Patriot Guard Riders driving Turner’s remains across their state and then passing them off to the next group of riders. The PGR members worked tirelessly to ensure that Turner’s remains were transported with honor and respect.

“It’s heartwarming to see all these people here,” said Annie Glanton, Turner’s mother. “I know that he was loved by a lot of people.”

The PGR’s mission to transport Turner’s remains was an act of selflessness and honor. They didn’t do it for recognition or praise; they did it because they believed that it was the right thing to do. Their dedication to honoring those who served the United States of America is truly inspiring.

“We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove,” the group wrote on their website. “It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.”

The Patriot Guard Riders’ mission is one of respect and honor, and they proved that with their selfless act to transport Turner’s remains home. Turner’s family was able to receive their loved one in a way that was fitting for a true American hero, thanks to the dedication and hard work of the PGR. Their work is a testament to the spirit of patriotism and honor that is alive and well in America.

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Source: AWM

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