Patriot Guard Riders Line Up To Escort An Ottumwa Hero Home
by Shelly Spaur
It’s 8:30 am on a Saturday morning in June in eastern Iowa.
While many families begin their weekend and children celebrate being out of school, a group of strangers gather in a parking lot. The sound of pipes rumbling fills the air as motorcycles begin to line up. These strangers from across the state have gathered to support a family they don’t know. Today, one of America’s young men is being brought home. Home to his land, home to his family, home to what will be his final resting place in a small Southeastern Iowa town. Today, these strangers, who have become a family all of their own, known as the Patriot Guard Riders, will escort Ottumwa’s fallen Marine, Lance Corporal Adam Wolff, from the Cedar Rapids airport back to his hometown of Ottumwa, Iowa.
Flags will fly, heads will bow, hugs given and tears cried as these riders attempt to offer honor and support to a family and a Marine, who has given the ultimate sacrifice so that we may continue to live in the Land of the Free. May God continue to bless all of our service men and women, their families, and these riders.