RUNNELS COUNTY - On Thursday, April 20, a group of Patriot Guard Riders from the Panhandle road through Runnels County while escorting five unaccompanied and unclaimed veteran's cremains from Amarillo to the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

RUNNELS COUNTY - On Thursday, April 20,  a group of Patriot Guard Riders from the Panhandle road through Runnels County while escorting five unaccompanied and unclaimed veteran’s cremains from Amarillo to the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

The 485-mile escort started in Amarillo and traveled through Lubbock, Sweetwater, Winters, Ballinger, Menard, Boerne and ended in San Antonio.  

Runnels County Sheriff's Department personnel as well as police personnel from Ballinger and Winters escorted the Patriot Guard Riders through the towns and assisted with stopping traffic along Highway 83 in Winters as well as Highways 67 and 158 in Ballinger, so the motorcyclists could ride through.

Personnel from the Runnels County Courthouse and other citizens waived U.S. flags as the Patriot Guard Riders came in to Ballinger from Winters and turned on Highway 83 to make the trip to San Antonio.

The group is traveled through Winters and then Ballinger, just after 1:30 p.m.
Thursday. The five veterans included three from the Vietnam War (one Army, two Air Force), one from the Korean War (Air Force) and one Navy veteran.  

These veterans have no known families and the Patriot Guard Riders will stand as their family during the funeral services.    

The funeral service for these five veterans will be held in the Assembly area of the Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, April 21.