Staff Sgt. Jonathan Turner, 41, served seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. A year after he retired, he died of combat related injuries. He was living in California. His family lived in Georgia and was unable to attend his funeral. There were plans to mail his cremated remains home to his mother, Annie Glanton, by FedEx. That's when the Patriot Guard Riders saddled up.


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"Turner was a great leader who inspired his fellow Marines," they said. They contacted all the Patriot Guard Rider state captains from California to Georgia. Within days, a convoy was assembled with each state's riders taking the remains to the state line and turning them over to riders from the next state. Sgt. Turner's remains were moved over 2,000 miles honorably, under flags. When the final set of riders presented the remains to his family, his mother said, "It's heartwarming to see all these people here. I know he was loved by a lot of people."