Every rider has lost a brother or sister in an automobile versus motorcycle accident. On a Tuesday afternoon, a couple in our local Christian Motorcyclists Association chapter were in this type of accident.
A sixteen-year-old driver failed to look twice and pulled out in front of the trike. The husband died at the hospital and his wife was life flighted a hundred miles to a trauma unit. Her multiple broken bones and internal bleeding required life support. The teen driver had minor physical injuries.
On Sunday afternoon, Bill and I rode to the local funeral home to attend the visitation for the husband. A sad occasion, BUT we all know he is in heaven with Jesus. He loved the Lord. Paying our respects didn't end with the visitation at the funeral home.
On the following Monday morning, the sound of motorcycle engines could be heard converging on the Mace's grocery store parking lot. As each rider pulled in and shut down their ride, a tight knot of sad riders formed around them to shake hands, or hug each other.
At 9:00 A.M., kickstand up time, ten bikes pulled out to form a staggered line. We rolled down the highway, headed for the church, to fulfill the family's wish for their veteran dad - honor our fallen brother, their dad, with a flag line and motorcycle escort.
At the church, Patriot Guard riders handed out American flags for a flag line to honor our fallen Christian brother. Riders continued to arrive in order to escort a fallen rider on his last ride home.
Six solemn faced, chapter brothers carried the casket to the hearse.
A half-mile of motorcycles escorted our friend, acquaintance, and brother to the cemetery. At the cemetery, military honors were rendered in the form of another flag line, a three shot rifle salute, and presenting the folded casket flag to a family member.