Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Stops in Mesa County

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A tribute to our fallen soldiers rode through town Tuesday evening. Coinciding with Sturgis week, a torch representing our fallen soldiers is being escorted across the country by Patriot Guard Riders.

“It’s not get on our bikes and go as fast as we can — its a solemn thing with this torch,” Patriot Guard Rider, Art (Groady) Edwards said. 

From Washington to South Dakota, Patriot Guard Riders are traveling half way across the country to honor America’s fallen heroes with a single lit torch. Earlier this evening the procession made its way from Fruita’s Vietnam War Memorial, to Grand Junction’s VFW Post 1247.

“Its an honor, because this is the route that they wanted to take and then to have our people on it- its a big deal for us,” Edwards said.

Local veterans at the VFW provided dinner and a place to stay for the torch escorts, before they head out to the Battlement Mesa Wednesday morning.

“It’s our way of honoring these gentlemen and ladies that’s coming through here,” local veteran, Roger McGuire said.

Overnight, local Patriot Guard Riders will stand guard in front of VFW Post 1247. The fallen soldiers memorial torch will stay lit throughout its entire journey.

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