KINGMAN - The Patriot Guard Riders escorted the motorcycle tour Torches Across America through Kingman Tuesday evening to VFW Post 10386.
Torches Across America is a memorial tour seeking to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, the downing of Flight 93 that day and the soldiers who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. According to Gary Covert, who helped organize the event, the ride especially seeks to welcome home veterans who have survived those wars and show support for their families, who face many challenges while the soldier is away.
Covert, his wife Marge (who at age 87 was the oldest member of the tour so far) and other people ride to honor veterans and victims.
One man rode to honor his neighbor Nicole Miller, a 21-year-old woman flying to see her boyfriend when she died on Flight 93.
Torches Across America started at Imperial Beach, Calif., Tuesday morning and stayed the night in Kingman. VFW Post 10386 provided them a hot dinner after a short ceremony. The tour will continue across country until arriving at the 9/11 Memorial Site on Sept. 9. On Sept. 10 they will attend the Jersey City Memorial Service in New Jersey, be escorted to a new memorial at Liberty State Park and then on Sept. 12 go to Shanksville, Pa., for a memorial there.
The tour is bringing temporary portable walls that list the names of the fallen. Covert wishes that there were more permanent portable walls across America for touring groups like his, but for now the temporary walls are pulled along in a trailer.
Covert expressed gratitude to the veteran's groups who are hosting the tour as it travels across the country. He also wished to give thanks to American motorcyclists, whom he described as "the most patriotic group of Americans. You don't see anybody else doing this. I'm a part of it and proud of it."
For more information, visit www.torchesacrossamerica.com or find them on Facebook.