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Fort Thomas Fallen Soldier

04.18.11

This post is dedicated to Brandon Pickering. Brandon was a resident of Fort Thomas and a 2008 Highlands High School grad. He was wounded when his unit was attacked with small arms fire and a rocket propelled grenade in Wardak province on April 8 in Afghanistan. Brandon passed away on Sunday, April 10 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

I have been to a few military services and as sad as they are, they are also a way to celebrate the fallen. This service for Brandon was surprisingly upbeat, which is not what I had expected but I’m sure was good for his friends and family attending. If you’ve ever been to a service for a fallen soldier you will recognize the Patriot Guard Riders in these photos. The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse group of riders from across the nation. They have one thing in common besides motorcycles. They have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join them!

I was asked by Brandon’s family to not publish photos my of his service, so I’ve only included exterior photos. Though only the Patriot Guard Riders are seen in the photographs, please keep Brandon in mind as you view them. And remember, the next time you see a soldier, seaman, airman, or any member of “your” military, thank them for their service….. it’s the very least you can do!

Here’s the entire gallery. Enjoy!

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