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Patriot guard riders give WWII vet one final escort

Posted: 11:57 AM, Apr 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-30 13:44:13-04

The Patriot Guard Riders will go wherever they need to in order to make sure they get veterans to their final resting place and Friday morning they had a ways to go.

“This is one of them that's pretty far," says Kellie Ayers, ride captain. 

187 miles specifically. That's how far the riders will go to get Karl Momsen's body from Omaha to his final resting place in Everly, Iowa. 

Now they're not doing this alone, they'll get some help from the Iowa riders along the way. 

"This one we'll have quite a few of us, we're going to be riding up to about the Sioux City area. Some of us will drop off and come back and others will join us along the way,” says Ayers. 

Nobody can argue that Momsen does not deserve the escort. He was wounded during the Battle of Okinawa, eventually earning the Purple Heart.

"If it weren't for these veterans, we wouldn't be where we are today. So we just go show our respect and let them know that we do remember them and we do thank them for their service."

So after holding flags during a mock burial ceremony at the church, the riders hopped on their bikes and led the way for Karl Momsen's final journey.