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Friday, January 9, 2009

Harley Motorcade Request

A friend of mine is a nurse. She unfortunately sees many very ill people on a regular basis. Earlier this week one of her patients passed away from cancer. This story ends up at The Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. I did a post on this cemetery previously here.

Lawrence (Larry) DeMiguel died on January 1st, 2009 at the very young age of 45. He was the father of seven and a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Alameda County Sherrif's Department. His oldest son is a marine Corporal who will soon be deployed to Iraq. Services were held Friday, January 9th, 2009.

One of his final requests was for a Harley Davidson motorcycle escort to his final resting place.

The Patriot Guard Riders along with the Fremont Harley Chapter represented the escort. The Patriot Guard's main mission~

"is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:

1.Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
2.Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means."

The Fremont Harley Owners Group (which my nurse friend belongs to, as do I) "have at least one common interest, Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Being a Member means meeting new people, making new friends, riding and having fun."

These two groups joined and gave Lawrence (Larry) DeMiguel his escort to his final resting place at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Here are a couple pictures of some of the motorcylces.

Although this next picture is rather difficult to see, if you enlarge it, you can see the bagpiper who played at the cemetery.

And one final picture I will share with you~

Lawrence (Larry) DeMiguel, you received the Harley Davidson motorcycle escort you desired. May you rest in peace.


Jennifer said...

Very cool.

Amy (WeTree) said...

Excellent tribute. Thank you for sharing it with us.

JoLyn said...

What a great tribute! And so nice that you documented it for them.

Cheryl Palmer said...

Hi Jennifer, Amy, and JoLyn! It was a special tribute and with special people attending. Thank you so much for commenting!

aundrea said...

I am Larrys niece, and his funeral was so beautiful. You guys were wonderful, and I know what you did would have made him so happy, it was exactly what he would have wanted. Thank you so much.

Cheryl Palmer said...

Hi Andrea,

The services were beautiful! I am so happy you enjoyed our participation and feel your uncle would have appreciated it. I am sure I am safe in saying we were all very happy and proud to to this for him and your family.

Valerie said...

I want to thank you so much for your beautiful page for my husband.You made all our wishes come true .I have been trying to leave you a message and a thank you for years.I have just been very upset and really not able to type or word but i am getting stronger day by day.i truely know you helped my seven kids to feel better just looking at this page makes me feel special.One day i hope to give back. Lots of love and thankful wishes . Mrs. Valerie DeMiguel

Cheryl Palmer said...

Valerie, you are so very welcome! I am sorry it took me awhile to see your comment. I am truly sorry for your loss and thank you for your comment. It must have been difficult for you to leave this, I understand. I hope this post did help you and your children, even if a tiny bit. It was our pleasure to ride for your husband and family. I appreciate your comment here very much. It reinforces and reenergizes me. My wish now is that you and your family are all doing well! Healing hugs to you and thank you again!