I didn't know a lot about the Patriot Guard Riders until today. I thank God that I didn't. If I did, that would mean that maybe the worst had happened to our family. It hasn't. We're very fortunate.
However, Big D was asked yesterday to ride with the Patriot Guard Riders on a mission to bring Pvt. Corey L. Hicks home to his final resting place. Today, the PGR met the plane and escorted Pvt. Hicks to the funeral home for the viewing. Tomorrow, they will escort Pvt. Hicks to his final resting place. Big D said he was quite moved, this was really close to home for him, having 3 kids in the military - but he felt compelled to do it.
War protestors are expected tomorrow at the funeral...yes, I said war protestors at a funeral of a hero. It makes me sick. Big D was told to physically turn his back to the protestors and ignore them. Apparently, these particular protestors are just looking for someone to touch them or say something to them so they can then sue claiming their first ammendment rights, blah, blah, blah. Still makes me sick.
Anyway, when Big D came home this afternoon, he told me all about his experience, and he was totally emotionally and physically drained. He had lived a lifetime in those few hours. And he's gearing up to do it again tomorrow. I only wish I could go with him.
I wanted to spread the word about this fantastic group of riders, in case any of my readers didn't know about them. I have the utmost respect for them and for what they do. Kudos to the PGR.
And my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Pvt. Corey L. Hicks of the 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division based in Fort Hood, Texas. Stand down, soldier. Your mission is complete.