The Patriot Guard, a group of motorcyclists dedicated to honoring American troops, stepped in to make the final journey of a fallen Marine one of respect, accompanying his ashes home to his mother.

The biker group, best known for standing guard at military funerals to protect families and loved ones from the protests of the Westboro Baptist Church, saw the trip as part of their broader mission.

"As Patriot Guard Riders, most of us do ride. This is what we do. We show honor and respect for fallen heroes every day, and this is just a different extension of that,” said rider Jerry Ashbee.

The Guard learned that the remains of Staff Sgt. Jonathan Turner, a motorcyclist himself, would be shipped home to his mother in a box, and felt that the government was failing to show the appropriate respect to either Turner or his mother.

Instead, the patriotic bikers provided the honor guard the U.S. military failed to give the Marine and his family through a series of "dignified transfers" from one guard to another along the route from Turner's home in California to his mother in Georgia.


"As long as we've got troops overseas, until they all come home, we'll be there for them," said Patriot Guard rider Johnny Rivera.

Sgt. Turner died as a result of injuries sustained during the course seven tours of  in Iraq and Afghanistan.

h/t: Action News 5


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