Carrying the Fallen: Group escorts fallen veterans to San Antoni - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Carrying the Fallen: Group escorts fallen veterans to San Antonio

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

They do not know them, but they love them.

"They're family, they are family, brothers and sisters," said Orlando Sandoval, one of the riders and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars motorcycle group in Lubbock.

Two army soldiers and an Air Force member from the Vietnam War, an Air Force Member from the Korean war, and a Navy Veteran are among the group of fallen soldiers making the trip to San Antonio. 

"A soldier honors his country by serving for whatever time period they have chosen to do that with, and his country and community honors that individual in return for the rest of their life as a thank you," said Steve Oien, Chapter Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart on the South Plains. 

And today, this is their thank you. As part of the "Missing in America Project", members of the Texas Patriot Guard and local veterans are carrying the cremated remains of these five unclaimed veterans from Amarillo, to their final resting place at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. 

"I'm doing this out of respect for the brothers and sisters I couldn't bring home when I was in combat," said Sandoval.

A small act for those who have given so much. 

"It says a lot about a society, the way we treat our injured, the way we treat our dead, and the way we treat our fallen, when we respect that, and all the sacrifices they've made," said Benny Guerrero, Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 

These fallen soldiers have no family of their own, but hundreds of brothers who will stand by their side. 

"There is a bond, it does not matter what branch of the service you were in, you're a veteran, you served our country, and we did it together, and we are still a free nation because of that," said Oien.

The total trip from Amarillo to San Antonio is 485 miles. They will travel through Lubbock, Sweetwater, Menard, and Boerne on the way. Funeral services will start at 10:00 am on Friday, April 21st, 2017. 

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