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Patriot Guard to escort WWII veterans
May 04, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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On Thursday, May 3, Patriot Guard Riders from around the Panhandle will team up to escort some honored guests on their trip through the area.

On Thursday, May 3, Patriot Guard Riders from around the Panhandle will team up to escort some honored guests on their trip through the area.

The special group is World War II veterans from Dawes County, on their way to Denver International Airport for an Honor Flight. From Denver, they will fly to Washington D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial for perhaps their only time.

A celebration has been planned in Chadron with an honor guard and a brass band to see the group off at 10:45 a.m. From there the group will be escorted south and along the west end of Alliance before stopping in Scottsbluff for lunch at the Elks Lodge. There will be about 22 people in the convoy.

“No matter how small the group, we need to honor our nation’s heroes – past, present and future,” said Steve Thomlison, ride captain for the Patriot Guard escort. “I’m sure we’ll be joined by Patriot Guard Riders from Alliance, Sidney and other areas.”

The public is invited to join these veterans for lunch at the Elks, which will be serving from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost to the public is $5.

Patriot Guard Riders will escort the veterans from Chadron, through Alliance, Scottsbluff and Gering, and on to the Colorado state line. Thomlison said they’ve already had local volunteers to escort them to DIA.

The World War II veterans should be going by Alliance at about 11:45 a.m., arriving in Scottsbluff at 1 p.m. After lunch, at about 2:15 p.m., the convoy heads south on Broadway through Gering and on to Kimball and Colorado.

Both Gering and Scottsbluff will have flags set out along the route and the public is encouraged to come out and watch.

“The Patriot Guard is here to respect and honor these warriors and their families and thank them for their service to our country,” Thomlison said. “We’re proud of each of them and humbled in their presence. They’re all true American heroes and the world is a safer place because of their commitment.”
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