LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Patriot Guard Riders saw the unclaimed remains of 9 fallen military veterans safely through Livingston County to their final resting places at the Bath National Cemetery on Friday, where they were buried with full military honors.
The ride was part of the Veteran Recovery Program (VRP) which identifies and inters the unclaimed cremated remains of Veterans through the joint efforts of private, state, and federal organizations to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.
“Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family,” says the Patriot Guard Riders’ website. “Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives: 1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities. 2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors. We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.”
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office assisted with the escort through the county, which continued South to Bath.
“The LCSO was honored to assist the Patriot Guard in the escort of fallen servicemen through Livingston County today,” posted the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook on Friday. “On behalf of the men and women of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, we salute you.”
The riders entered Livingston County at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Rte. 20A, and traveled through the Village of Leicester to Rte. 36, through Mount Morris, and to Rte. 408 & 63 to the Hampton Corners staging area.
The full escort left Hampton Corners staging promptly at 11:30 a.m., traveled back to the Village of Mount Morris, and proceeded south on Rte. 36. The procession then traveled south on Rte. 36 through Sonyea and on to Dansville, and entered I-390 at Exit 5.