KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The town of Milan, Mo., mourned while a group of motorcyclists made sure a fallen soldier was treated with respect on his journey home.
The family of 20-year-old Army Private Jonathon Michael Dean Hostetter wept as his body arrived on a chartered jet and was transferred to a waiting hearse at Kansas City International Airport.
Hostetter was killed in Afghanistan on August 23 by an IED. He was serving in an engineering battalion.
Hostetter's family was far from alone as they made their way from Kansas City to their home near Milan, Mo. They were accompanied by dozens of motorcyclists from the Patriot Guard Riders. The organization was formed in 2005 to counteract protests at soldiers' funerals.
Chuck Wilson led 15 riders from Milan's American Legion Post who joined in with the Patriot Guard. He said Hostetter could have done other things with his life but chose military service.
"He was an honor student," Wilson said. "He was an excellent athlete. He had gotten scholarships and yet he decided to defend our country."
Hostetter's funeral is scheduled for Thursday.
For more photos of the Milan veteran's procession, visit the Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune's website at http://bit.ly/17xWQYu