Featured Photograph for the week of July 8, 2012.
This photo was taken as a group of motorcycle police officers led a funeral procession for a fallen soldier.
THE STORY BEHIND THE PHOTO
April 16, 2011: PFC Joel Ramirez was barely a month into his first deployment when he was killed by a roadside bomb that detonated underneath his vehicle in the Nimroz Province of southwestern Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.
On Friday, April 29, 2011, the Texas Patriot Guard Riders joined local law enforcement and funeral personnel to escort Ramirez’ body from the Mid-Way Regional Airport, where it arrived by private jet, to the Wayne Boze Funeral Home about six miles away.
Citizens and flags lined much of the procession route to pay honor and tribute to Ramirez and to show a community’s love and support to his family, as seen in this video from the point of view of one of the Patriot Guard Riders.
- Star-Telegram, “Pfc. Joel Ramirez Obituary Notice.” Last modified April 20, 2011. Accessed July 14, 2012. http://www.pgrtexas.org/North Texas/2011/April/April-29-Ramirez.htm.
- MilitaryTimes, “Honor the Fallen: Army Spc. Joel A. Ramirez.” Accessed July 14, 2012. http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-pfc-joel-a-ramirez/6281623/.
- Texas Patriot Guard Riders, “North Texas PGR FINAL ITINERARY: PFC Joel A. Ramirez.” Accessed July 14, 2012. http://www.pgrtexas.org/North Texas/2011/April/April-29-Ramirez.htm.