It’s a great honor to kick off BiketrashHoliday.com with an unusual and special Patriot Guard ride on the 4th of July!
In general, the Patriot Guard is a nationwide group of motorcyclists who attend the funerals of veterans when invited by their families. We provide motorcycle escorts and silently stand in a flag line to show our respect for the soldier and family, and the missions are quiet and somber. Read about the PGR mission statement.
Today’s joyful mission was to provide a motorcycle escort and form a flag line for SPC Adam Cody Huckstep, who returned home today on leave from Iraq, where he’s been deployed since October of 2009. The ride staged at a fire station, which was also hosting a pancake-breakfast fundraiser. How 4th of July is that? Too bad for this pancake freak the fundraiser was such a success that a lot of us didn’t get in!
I missed being in the escort because of last-second logistical changes and there were so many enthusiastic folks from the fundraiser who wanted to be a part of the flag line, that I was able to step back, take some pics, and appreciate the diverse group of people that had come together to honor this soldier. No divisive political rhetoric, but a unified gathering of grateful Americans. Sweet!
Photos of one section of the flag line and some Patriot Guard bikes.
This woman insisted on showing off her flag.
The Military Moms of Texas were out in full force. Among other things, these dedicated moms pack care packages each week to send to the troops. In fact, in his remarks, Specialist Huckstep talked about how much the troops appreciate the care packages.
While waiting for our unsung hero to arrive, I contemplated what it all means and was mindful of Eleanor Roosevelt’s words, “And if there be war, help me to remember to ask and answer, ‘Am I worth dying for?'” No quick answer for a thoughtful person. May I often and honestly examine my reply.
This 30-second video clip shows the procession and SPC Huckstep.
It was difficult getting close enough for a picture because of all the friends and family.
No, this wasn’t an entertaining ride adventure, but it touched me deeply and I can’t think of a better way to have spent our nation’s Independence Day. Godspeed, Specialist Huckstep!
Peace on the Road!
P.S. Auntie Biketrash says, Always thank a vet!