A member of the Patriot Guard Riders leads a group of approximately 25 riders escorting the family of Nelson Edward “Mac” MacWilliams from San Vicente Inn to Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary for a celebration of MacWilliams’ life on Dec. 28. MacWilliams, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, was killed in a vehicle accident on Dec. 20. Patriot Guard Riders represent a nationwide group of motorcycle riders who attend funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family to show respect and shield mourners from interruptions created by any protestors.
Patriot Guard Riders gather for instructions in the parking lot of San Vicente Inn before escorting the family of Nelson Edward “Mac” MacWilliams to Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary on Wednesday morning.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders prepare to escort the family of Mac MacWilliams from San Vicente Inn to Bonham Bros. & Stewart Mortuary on 12th Street late Wednesday morning.
Sentinel photos/Karen Brainard