Bringing a fallen hero home
August 16, 2012
body of Army Specialist Ethan Martin, 22, killed
in Afghanistan August 7, will be flown to the
Sandpoint Airport from Dover Air Force Base,
Delaware, on Friday, and escorted to Bonners
Ferry with his family in a military cortege.
Also accompanying the cortege will be the
Patriot Riders, a motorcycle group comprised
primarily of military veterans and their
families whose mission is to honor all the
fallen heroes in this nation's war on terror.
A grass-roots effort is now underway by many in
Bonners Ferry to show the family just how much
this community respects and honors the
terrible sacrifice they've laid on the alter of
Local businesses from Sandpoint to Bonners Ferry
are being asked to update their signs to honor
Ethan Martin, and Boundary County residents,
church and civic groups, Boy Scouts, Girl
Scouts, law enforcement groups, fire
departments, and more are being asked to gather
on the Bonners Ferry National Guard Armory at 11
a.m. or earlier Friday, August 17, and from
there to line the route the cortege will pass
through our city.
The family has expressed significant concern
that the solemn procession may be disrupted by
protesters, however, the Patriot Riders have
assured that any protesters who may show up
will only be allowed their protest a respectful
distance away; well out of sight of those there
to honor Ethan.
According to several national media outlets,
Westboro Baptist Church representatives have
threatened protests at several funerals for
fallen heroes in recent weeks, but have not
appeared at any.
In Bonners Ferry, it is hoped that those
reflecting our love and gratitude to the family
for their sacrifice line the cortege's route all
the way through Bonners Ferry.
It is likely, however, that the family will see
people in places all along the route on U.S. 95 from
Sandpoint to Bonners Ferry, waving flags, hand over heart as the
cortege passes slowly by, those in military or
law enforcement dress solemnly saluting, a
grateful nation personified.