Bikers Ride 2,000 Miles To Bring Their Fallen Marine Friend’s Ashes To His Family
After a U.S. Marine passed away due to combat-related injuries, his family was unable to fly to get his remains. So a dedicated group of bikers stepped up to transport the veteran to his final resting place.
A Fallen Marine
Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jonathan Turner faithfully served in the Marines for 17 years. In that time, he was a part of seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The strong serviceman retired from the service in 2014 at the age of 40, settling in California.
Sadly, Staff Sergeant Turner passed away a year later, after injuries sustained in battle took their toll. Unfortunately, his family lived in Georgia and could not afford to come to California for his remains. The Marine Corps paid to have Turner’s body cremated and planned to ship his ashes through FedEx.
Remembering A Friend
Non-profit organization the Patriot Guard Riders heard of the plan and were taken aback. The organization is well known for attending funerals for military personnel, firefighters, and police officers, serving as support for grieving families as well. Turner was a part of their group, which had many motorcyclists and veterans as well.
For the PGR, Staff Sergeant Turner was a great friend who they missed dearly. “Turner was a great leader who inspired his fellow Marines, both in the Corps and in daily life,” the group shared on its website. “You were his friend if you knew him for five minutes or five years. He would give you the shirt off his back.” The members in California refused to let their fallen friend be shipped across the country like someone’s package.
The PGR in California quickly devised a better plan to honor their fallen friend “The California Patriot Guard Riders contacted all of the state captains from California to [Georgia] and explained the situation, that it wasn’t proper to ship this war hero home via FedEx,” Jeff Goodiel of the Georgia Patriot Guard Riders shared in an interview with Fox5 Atlanta. A caravan of hundreds of volunteers assembled to transport Turner’s ashes back home. A group of riders would take one part of the long journey and hand off the ashes to the next group to continue on to the destination.
As each group of riders handed off Turner’s remains, they all performed a small ceremony to pay proper tribute to him. With the help of many, Turner’s ashes made it to Georgia in August 2015, greatly touching his family mourning his passing. “It’s heartwarming, to see all these people here,” said Annie Glanton, Turner’s mother, when the group made it to Georgia. “I know that he was loved by a lot of people.”
More in Impact
Daughter’s Christmas Surprise Brings Her Mother To Tears In A Moment Of Need
When tragedy stuck Breanne Esplana’s family she feared that her mother, Margaret Sims, might never be able to enjoy Christmas again....December 9, 2018
George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Sully To Take On New Mission Helping More Vets
We were all touched by Jim McGrath’s photo of Sully, George H. W. Bush’s service dog, lying in front of the...December 8, 2018
Waitress Pays Kind Gesture To Grieving Customers, And They Pay It Forward In The Sweetest way
A waitress at a local diner frequently served a couple and their newborn baby in the establishment. When she noticed the...December 6, 2018
How This Mother-Of-Four Made A Career Of Being The ‘Bicycle Whisperer’
You know the expression, “It’s like riding a bicycle!” Well, for some of us, learning how to ride a bicycle wasn’t...December 3, 2018
Try These Jokes The Next Time You Need An IRL Comeback
Have you ever been insulted or offended by someone, but you don’t come up with the perfect clapback until hours after...December 2, 2018
For 33 Years, This Man Has Been Hosting Free Thanksgiving Dinner For Strangers
Thirty-three years ago, one man in Massachusetts was getting ready to suffer through a quiet and lonely Thanksgiving. Instead, he decided...November 30, 2018
The Origins Of ‘Movember’ And The Good Cause Behind The Facial Hair Challenge
You’ve probably noticed some your male friends and co-workers posting to social media about their attempts to grow mustaches and beards...November 28, 2018
U.S. Marine Saves A Life In Afghanistan, Not Knowing Someday He’d Be Saved In Return
U.S. Marine Craig Grossi was deployed to the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and soon found himself in the course of duty...November 28, 2018
Marines Bust A Move In Hilarious ‘Call Me Maybe’ Spoof, And We Have To Salute Them
Despite requiring constant vigilance while beleaguered by the dangers of war, members of the military still understand the value of humor...November 25, 2018