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|Spc. Talbert Returns Home for Final Time
|It's not hard to gather a group for an event like a Patriot Guard ride to honor a fallen soldier, but one representative says it's unfortunate they've had to do it so many times.
Dave Greenlief from the local Family Readiness Group was involved in organizing the ride Tuesday that brought the body of Army Specialist Christopher Talbert to Galesburg's Colonial Baptist Church.
Bagpipes played 'Amazing Grace' as trumpeters followed with the playing of 'Taps' as the procession arrived at the church. More than 100 people came out to show support and pay their respects to Talbert and his family. Greenlief tells WGIL he's organized many of these rides and they are always difficult.
"I'm able to say it does not get any easier," Greenlief said. "I always thought...after the first three or four, 'wait a minute, this is getting too routine.' There's nothing routine about it. Today you're going to see the sadness on these people's faces; and it's different sadness than anybody else's."
Talbert's body was escorted in a long a line vehicles that was accompanied by around 100 Patriot Guard Riders and emergency vehicles. Flags lined the side street into the Colonial Baptist Church, as well as on Fremont Street where the church is located.
Greenlief says he wants to show his respect for service men and women when they come home since many veterans of the Vietnam War were not treated with the same respect when they went home. Greenlief says he wants people to remember veterans who've given the ultimate sacrifice so they won't be forgotten.
(The Patriot Guard Riders arrive Tuesday at Colonial Baptist Church in Galesburg.)
(WGIL News Story and Photos by Dominic Fortini.)
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