- 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.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Patriot Guard Mission Los Alamitos
Christopher G. Singer, Corporal US Marine Corps. KIA Afghanistan 2011 age 23. Arriving Los Alamitos Reserve Air Base, today-Tuesday- January 31, 2012. Patriot Guard is providing escort from arrival to Funeral home in Laguna Niguel. The turnout is quite large including Sheriff and police escorts, news media and close to 200 riders from Patriot Guard, American Legion, STAR and a number of other groups and individuals. No one in the Patriot Guard group is getting paid, it’s all a volunteer commitment on every ones part, as a way of letting the parents and family know that we care.
We arrive at the air base and form two long lines of attendees holding flags or standing at attention like me. Due to the sun and my back problem I have to go back and sit out the last few minutes after arrival but we all get ready for the escort duty to Orange County.
Three intrepid STAR members
We form a column of two motorcycles behind the hearse, family and missing man formation. The entire group stretches for about ½ mile when we get on the freeway. With police escorts all traffic is blocked at on ramps and we proceed down Interstate 405 to Laguna Niguel. Most amazing is that virtually every overpass has at least one fire truck and another emergency vehicle with its crew members standing at attention as we pass underneath.
I understand his father is in the Sheriff's Dept. but no idea how the fire departments were so involved.
Our mission is complete as the casket is brought into the funeral home and we depart.