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Old 07-16-2013, 12:06 PM   #16
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Rode down there this morning before it got too hot (it's cookin' here!), arriving shortly after they opened at 10:00. Had an excellent BBQ sandwich and headed back up the road. Even at 70, and with all the vents open on the 'Stich, I was still bathed in sweat by the time I pulled into my carport.

I'm not going to apologize for the hijack. If it keeps this thread up near the top, I'll be happy.

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No apology needed for bump. I'm having a hard time comprehending how an event as significant as this one attracts replies from 3 members, but a thread about putting a car tire on the back of a bike gets hundreds of replies.



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Blue Knight WV II will be in attendance however I am not sure of the number of bikes. I volunteered to organize the ride for the chapter and my plans are as follows:

  • Meet at 1100 hrs Eat N Park Bridgeport, WV Exit 119 of I-79 (Turn on US 50 EAST - Eat N Park is at the first light on the left).
  • Depart 1130 hrs for Hutson Funeral Home, 500 East Main St, Mannington, WV via I-79 and US Route 250. arriving at approximately 1230 hrs which is 1 hour prior to the event.

Current weather forecast looks good. If it remains good, I will be on the Road King - If rain is imminent I will be on the DR.

Anyone who wishes to accompany me (Blue Knight membership is not a requirement) can meet me at Eat N Park.

Following the event, I am planning to try and attend a Benefit Dinner at Lincoln High School(Shinnston) for a Wallace Firefighter who recently lost everything in a house fire. They're' having a spaghetti dinner at the school to help the family with their cost to replace everything. Anyone who would like to ride there with me is also more than welcome.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me directly or post here accordingly.
Thanks, iBiker. I think the Patriot Riders are meeting at Middletown Mall (Exit 132 off I-79) and arriving at the funeral home about the same time. I'll probably be showing up in my car from church in Morgantown about 1:00 or 1:15.
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:12 PM   #17
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I'm having a hard time comprehending how an event as significant as this one attracts replies from 3 members, but a thread about putting a car tire on the back of a bike gets hundreds of replies.
I agree.

I have been keeping up with the thread and would like to show my appreciation for what this gentleman did for our country, and be there. I even have the bike to make it but unfortunately I have to work and can't take the time off...
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Old 07-16-2013, 05:28 PM   #18
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I agree.

I have been keeping up with the thread and would like to show my appreciation for what this gentleman did for our country, and be there. I even have the bike to make it but unfortunately I have to work and can't take the time off...
Thanks for the note. I'm sure many folks would like to be there and have to work, and that is understandable. I just got lucky and had a brief window of opportunity to participate in this one.
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:26 PM   #19
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Here is the news report from a local tv station. Interesting.

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=vi...rney-Home10814
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:37 PM   #20
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Here is the news report from a local tv station. Interesting.

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=vi...rney-Home10814
Thank you!!

Would like to see the second part of that story if you could capture it.

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Old 07-17-2013, 03:02 AM   #21
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Here is the news report from a local tv station. Interesting.

http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=vi...rney-Home10814
Great story! Thanks for posting. I missed this because I watched Channel 12 last night for a change. Glad they put it on their website.

I am planning to ride with Patriot Guard Thursday from Morgantown to Pittsburgh to escort Sgt Kiger back to Mannington at noon. Rain or 90* heat won't make the trip the least bit unpleasant - I'm sure it will be a ride I remember for years. I'll try to post a photo or three.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:41 PM   #22
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It appears that this event is growing in size. I imagine it will be an enormous turnout. Here is some more coverage as the interest continues to grow:

http://wvmetronews.com/home-at-last-...irman-returns/
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:36 PM   #23
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Welcome home, Sgt Kiger

Today, I had the most meaningful, fulfilling ride of my lifetime. I contacted the WV Patriot Guard, and they invited me to ride along with them to escort Sgt Kiger's casket from Pittsburgh airport (where it was arriving at noon today) back to his hometown of Mannington WV. I knew it was going to be a day full of emotions, but I never guessed there wasn't going to be a dry eye in my helmet several times during the ride. This was truly one of those days you remember forever.



Sgt Jerome Kiger




A group of about 15 riders met in Morgantown WV early this morning and rode up to Pittsburgh, where we met about 30-40 other riders.




At noon, we headed over to the Pittsburgh Airport, where we waiting for Sgt Kiger's arrival. After a brief private ceremony with the family inside, the hearse exited the facility to begin Sgt Kiger's final journey home.
It was over 90 degrees, there were no restrooms, we had to wait over an hour, and not a single person complained about being there.




The Honor Guard preparing for Sgt Kiger's hearse to exit the building.
Talk about dedication - these guys are in full dress uniforms and gloves, and it is 90* + several more * on the pavement.




With two Pennsylvania State Troopers providing escort to the WV state line, we did not have to worry about traffic breaking up the line. Thanks guys!




The moment I wanted to catch - Sgt Kiger finally returning to West Virginia nearly 69 years after his fateful mission.




At the WV state line, we were escorted by two Sheriff cars and a Sheriff Can-Am (yes, with lights and siren!). We exited I-79 at the new downtown Fairmont exit where fire trucks and other emergency vehicles lead the procession the final 12 miles to Mannington. It was quite a sight!

It was the next 12 miles that were most emotional, as I watched families with small kids waving flags and saluting and holding their hands over their hearts as we passed by. At several small businesses along Rt 250, groups of employees stood outside the front door of their shops to pay respects to Sgt Kiger as he passed. Oncoming traffic came to a stop and sat parked on the road while the half-mile-long procession passed. People apparently stopped what they were doing to witness this moment in history and to pay their respects. Very moving.




At the funeral home, the Patriot Guard provided a flag line and stood quietly at attention as the casket was taken from the hearse into the funeral home. You could have heard a pin drop.

Wow - what a ride! It was truly an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to pay respects to Sgt Kiger, a young man who gave his life to protect the freedoms we all take for granted too often. He never had the opportunity to marry and have a family, but the crowd today shows he certainly has an extended family that appreciates the sacrifice he made 69 years ago.

SUNDAY - 21 JULY - 1:30 PM - Sgt Kiger will be taken from the Hutson Funeral Home (500 Main St, Mannington WV - Rt 250) to the Mannington Memorial Gardens for a formal military ceremony and burial, 69 years to the day he ws shot down over Germany. I'm planning to be there, and I'm sure there will be more tears.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:26 AM   #24
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Mike, thank you very much for posting those. I got emotional just looking at your pictures.

I got your PM, and will get back with you a little later today. I have a doctor's appointment here shortly.

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TV News link: (TimesWV news)

http://timeswv.com/local/x316298833/...DEO-AND-PHOTOS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL...&v=xf3onVb846k
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Video links to local news station - 2 reports

Part 1 - July 16 - http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=vi...rney-Home10814

Part 2 - July 19 - http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=vi...-69-Years10867
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I'm having a hard time comprehending how an event as significant as this one attracts replies from 3 members, but a thread about putting a car tire on the back of a bike gets hundreds of replies.
Beats the number of replies I got from local ADVers for a benefit ride for servicemen and women in the care of the local VA hospital, a ride that cost nothing over whatever someone might put together as a gift for Christmas in July...
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Follow Up - Ceremony and Burial today

Sgt Kiger was buried today (Sunday 21 July 2013) between the graves of his mother and father, who planned ahead and saved that spot in case he was found. The town of Mannington (Population 2,000) was out in full force to show their appreciation for Sgt Kiger's sacrifice and to welcome him home.

Here are some photos of the day:





Front cover of service bulletin.





Inside cover with order of ceremony.






Downtown Mannington - residents lined the streets to say goodbye.





Farther down the street in downtown Mannington. Remember - the population of this town and surrounding area is only 2,000 and there were several hundred in the funeral procession.





At the local school, kids had stopped their baseball game to line up across from the funeral procession route.



There were many families like this with kids waving flags along the route.




Mannington Memorial Gardens - Patriot Riders are parked to the right. They helped lead the procession.





I did not take photos during the first part of the ceremony as it was rather formal. Here, though, Marcus Mooser (the German citizen who found the wreckage and reported it) is seen in the dark gray suit talking to the family.




At the end of the ceremony, one white dove was released to represent Sgt Kiger's spirit soaring to the skies. It can be seen flying near the middle of the photo.



Shortly after, a group of white doves was also released.




About half of the people parked below the ceremony site. It is a nice, peaceful setting.

Welcome Home and Rest In Peace, Sgt Kiger.



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Mike, once again, thank you very, very much for your photos.

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Mike, once again, thank you very, very much for your photos.

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Glad to share this great news. Here is a link to the evening news. I make a cameo appearance at 1:33 (I'm in the US Air Force dress blues saluting in the background - only the 3rd time I've had the uniform on since retiring in 2004)

http://www.wboy.com/story/22896112/w...after-69-years



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