Bikers find out marine’s remains being sent home by USPS – refuse to let it happen

Jonathan Turner is a marine soldier who served 17 years in the Marine Corps and made seven combat deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sadly at the age of 41, Jonathan died from injuries that had gotten the better of him. May he rest in peace.
People who serve our country to protect our rights should be treated with the utmost respect whether the are dead or alive.
The (PGR) Patriot Guard Riders are one such group that agree with this statement.

Turner’s mother was unable to make it to California, so the Marine Corps made the funeral arrangements. However, the plan to ship Staff Sergeant Turner’s remains to Georgia would hit a snag.
Instead, the Patriot Guard Riders stepped in to caravan Turner’s remains to Georgia. The group, which started as a way to provide a barrier between a group protesting military funerals and grieving families, has since expanded to fill out the ranks for homeless veterans who died and welcomes home troops returning from overseas.
“We did this primarily because his mother was unable to attend the services, and he had been cremated and we didn’t want him to go home in a Fed Ex box,” David Noble, the Vice President of Members for the group, told Riders from nine states took part in the cross-country trek.

The process:

Jonathan’s ashes needed to be shipped nearly 2,000 miles which was an extensive errand for the PGR. In only a couple of days however, they figured out how to compose a route with more than 100 MC members taking part in the operation.
One group of bikers delivered Jonathan’s cremated ashes to another group who they respectfully left the ashes with. From there the group delivered the ashes to yet another group and the act was repeated over the long trek until Jonathan was finally with his family.
“It’s heartwarming, to see all these people here,” Annie Glanton, Jonathan’s mother said: “I know that he was loved by a lot of people.”
What an extraordinary feat these bikers undertook to honor Jonathan. It is beautiful to people helping each other in this manner and paying respect to people who risked their lives for this country.
Below, see the video of Patriot Guard members handing over Staff Sgt. Turner’s remains.

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