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 Tribunist.org. Riders from nine states took part in the cross-country trek.