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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SPC Jose A. Torre, Jr. 21 USA -a PGR Mission.

Everyone signed the back of this plaque to be presented to his parents.

On Tuesday 25 January 2011 the PGR (Patriot Guard Riders) will gather at the Katella Deli-Restaurant 4470 Katella Ave Los Alamitos, CA 90720. Following the mission briefing the PGR will move to the arrival site, there the PGR will form a flag line as SPC Torre is brought home to his family. Following his arrival the PGR will escort him 8 miles to Dimond & Shannon Mortuary 10630 Chapman Ave, Garden Grove, CA 92840. At the Mortuary the PGR will form a flag line as SPC Torre is taken from the coach.

Another PGR mission at Los Alamitos Air Base today Tuesday January 25, 2011.  The pictures really tell it all.  As the Gunny seargant said during the briefing, the family has had a baleful of grief dumped on their shoulders and all we can hope to do is help lift a small chunk of that off to make the burden a tiny bit lighter, so as time goes by it will lighten up enough that this loss of their son will not be the first and last thing they think of every day...So true!

Riders start showing up and the numbers are growing.  Estimate eventually over 230+ motorcycles, plus other vehicles.  Three STAR members are here today, Johney, Chuck and Me.

 Above in the center is "Gunny", Hollywood could not have done a better job casting for the part.

 Above is Mark our Wednesday flag night leader at the circle in Orange.

Everyone mounts up and we head out in two lines toward the Air Base at Los Alamitos just down the street from Katella Deli.

The route will take us past his High School in Garden Grove where the entire student body turns out to line the street to pay respects.  A very moving tribute and experience.
Police motorcycle escort is flawless, with every intersection held until the entire procession passes.
 We stop here at his High School

Everyone arrives at the funeral home

Additional photos provided by Johney Harper.

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