“Welcome to Indiana.”
Greetings and warm welcomes from strangers on a hot Sunday afternoon, as members of the Patriot Guard Riders on a mission made a stop at the Quality Inn and Suites in Terre Haute.
The group is on what’s called a ‘pony express’, delivering the remains of fallen Arizona Officer and Retired Army Veteran Paul Lazinsky to Arlington National Cemetery.
“It’s a great honor for me and the rest of the riders in every state to take part in this and show him the honor and respect he deserves.”
The man you see on your screen is the Assistant State Captain, Arizona Patriot Guard Riders, on the back of his bike the ashes of the officer who made the ultimate sacrifice.
He wishes to keep his name anonymous, saying the focus should be on the man who served for his country not those helping the fallen hero get home.
“This is all about showing honor and respect to this veteran. 17 years as a law enforcement officer in Arizona and prior to that he was 23 years, United States Army. So he had forty years of services before self. He deserves this.”
The Arizona riders started their journey on Thursday and along the way members of the group from 5 state have joined the ride.
Monday morning Hoosier members will join the express.
“It wouldn’t matter if he was a Marine, Navy or Air Force, we are all brothers and sisters.”
The group will continue their journey Monday and ride from Terre Haute to West Virginia.
They will then arrive in Arlington National Cemetery, Tuesday.
And their journey will end Wednesday when the riders will be met by Arlington Police and the officers family.
In total members of the group who started in Arizona will ride more than 2 thousand miles and that’s just one way.