Published: August 27, 2021
Dozens of riders were in Mishawaka tonight to honor the 13 U.S. service members killed in an attack in Afghanistan.
Marine Riders Michiana organized the ride from Elkhart, but eight other motorcycle clubs came out to show their support.
Organizers had a message for the community tonight. The veterans we spoke with today wanted to remind the community that the victims of yesterday’s attack aren’t just numbers.
According to the Pharos Tribune, one of the soldiers killed was Corporal Humberto Sanchez from Logansport. These are family members who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country.
The flags were at half-staff on the corner of Liberty Road. Dozens of veterans rolled in to honor the 13 military members who were lost during a deadly suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
The President of Marine Riders Michiana — Richard Horner — says a lot of families will receive knocks on their door today to find out their loved ones are lost.
“They’re not just numbers, they have names, they have families, they are young men that are serving their country, doing what they’ve been asked to do, what their country has asked them to do, and paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Horner.
Travis King served in Afghanistan as a combat engineer for the Marine Corps, and today’s event held special meaning for him.
“Now’s the time for us to step up and show those gold star families that we’re here for them and we’re ready to support them for their loss,” said King.
King says it’s an opportunity for community members who did not serve to remember that behind every uniform is a person.
“I say civilians can learn that it’s a brother, a sister, a family member that’s lost. Not just a military member, but somebody’s family member is lost.”
Horner says events like the one today allow us to remember, memorialize, and bring awareness to how important a service members life is.
“Slow down your busy lives, appreciate, thank them for what they’ve done, what they’ve sacrificed, what those that haven’t passed away have sacrificed, what those that are wounded are sacrificing right now. Keep them in your hearts, keep them in your minds, and especially keep them in your prayers.”
Horner says beyond simply honoring a service member by saying “thank you for your service.” He encourages anyone to financially support organizations that help veterans, gold and blue star families.
You can also help physically and emotionally support military families by volunteering for these organizations.
Marine Riders Michiana honor 13 soldiers killed in Kabul
August 27, 2021