Nebraska Honors War Hero Sgt. Randy Jay Matheny
George Lauer sent this news from Julieann the founder of Soldier’s Wish List Organization.
The pictures were taken at the memorial service for Randy Matheny in McCook, Nebraska.
They were taken by one of the Patriot Guard members who stood out there in the freezing Nebraska winter to honor an American hero.
Randy Matheny was the 20-year-old son of Jan and Duane Collins and Gary Matheny and his fiancee, Kay Chambers. Randy’s sister, Karen, and his brother, Paul, both serve in the U.S. military. –McCook Daily Gazette
Patriot Guard members line the Nebraska road to honor Sgt. Randy Jay Matheny.
Here’s a bit of history, one version anyway, on the founding of the Patriot Guard Riders:
It all started back in early August of 2005 with the American Legion Riders chapter 136 from Kansas. They were appalled to hear that a fallen hero’s memory was being tarnished by misguided religious zealots who were protesting at funerals. They decided to do something about it. At the ALR 136 August meeting, Director: Chuck ” Pappy ” Barshney appointed members, Terry “Darkhorse” Houck, Cregg “Bronco 6” Hansen, Steve “McDaddy” McDonald, and Bill ”Wild Bill” Logan to form a committee to strategize and form a battle plan to combat Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.
When they heard that the WBC was going to protest at the Funeral of Sgt. John Doles in Chelsea, Oklahoma, they established a Mission Statement, which included getting the families permission and contacting Law Enforcement and other Motorcycle Groups in Oklahoma. They agreed that their ultimate goal was to get veterans and motorcycle organizations involved in every state so that each state could handle the situation internally and not rely on other states to do the job. They were very successful in mustering riders to honor Sgt. Doles and limiting the intrusion by the WBC.
After the Chelsea Mission the Kansas American Legion Riders wanted all Motorcycle Groups/ Organizations to be recognized. On the 18th of October 2005 the Patriot Guard name was established and was announced on the 27th of October 2005 to the 100 + motorcyclists present at the Tonganoxie Mission to Honor Spc Lucas Frantz.
Please remember this brave Patriot Sgt. Randy J. Matheny who died for us.
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