Photo: Final Farewell
Vietnam Veteran Raymond Frank Meins Jr. was laid to rest Thursday in Mountain View Cemetery with a flag line and escort from the Patriot Guard Riders and other veterans groups. Meins retired as a sergeant first class and had served 24 years with the Army, stationed around the world and serving three tours in Vietnam. He was awarded three Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. He was very moved one day when he first saw the Patriot Guard Riders escorting a funeral procession and told his wife, Mary, that when his time came that's what he wanted, too. His wish came true Thursday as several veterans from PGR, American Legion and VFW paid their respects to the man and his service to the country. The Patriot Guard Riders provide escorts to honor service men and women who are leaving or arriving from tours of duty and for services such as a funeral. Families of servicemen and women are encouraged to contact the PGR for more information. Visit their Web site at www.patriotguard.org. Here, veterans stand and salute the casket carrying Meins before its journey to the cemetery.