Patriot Guard Riders provide an escort
The Patriot Guard Riders, an Indiana group of motorcylists that provides an honor escort for fallen servicemen, had more than 200 riders participating in the procession honoring Army Sgt. Jonathon Hunter Tuesday morning.
“We’ve done this in rain, hail, we’ve even done it in snow,” said Ron Coleman of Peru, who leads the group. “We are here to show respect and honor to the family.”
Coleman said he has participated in hundreds of escorts since joining the organization when it was founded 11 years ago and couldn’t even guess the number of rides he has participated in.
Although the rain was threatening just prior to the procession, “once we roll, we’re going,” Coleman said.
Classmates honor their friend
Two classmates of Army Sgt. Jonathon Hunter were in the public viewing area for the return of his remains to his hometown Tuesday morning. Kaitlin Stotts and Justin Perry, both of Columbus, graduated with Hunter in 2011 from Columbus East High School, and Stotts said she was a good friend of his.
“It’s been hard to hear about it,” she said. “You never expect it to happen so close to home,” she said of losing her friend. “Freedom isn’t free.”
Tax-deductible contributions may be mailed or dropped off at: Jonathon Michael Hunter Legacy Fund, Heritage Fund – The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, 538 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201
Online contributions may be made at heritagefundbc.org.
Livestream of funeral to be available
As of Tuesday morning, nearly $26,000 toward a goal of $50,000 had been reached through donations by about 500 people. To participate, visit gofundme.com/support-for-sgt-jonathon-hunter.