LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The long journey home started Sunday for World War II veteran Robert D. Brooks. His body was found in March inside a suitcase in Prairie County.
Patriot Guard Riders escorted him to his final resting place. Veteran riders lined the streets in Little Rock in preparation of escorting the ashes of PFC Robert D. Brooks.
His body was taken from New York and found inside a suitcase in Prairie County. Vietnam War Veteran Dwight Witcher was proud to be of service and hopes this will show onlookers how to treat one of their own.
"Our generation has such a tremendous appreciation for the World War II generation,” Wither said."Mr. Brooks being a War World II veteran deserve all of the respect that we can give him."
A war veteran himself he knows the dangers of fighting for our country and wanted to ensure he paid his respect. Commandant for Marine Corps League Larry Beyette said his organization was honored to take part in the service.
"I think that it's important for not only our generation but future generations to bring respect to those who earn us the right to do that,” Beyette said.
Guard Riders will travel more than 800 miles through Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina as they transport his ashes to his family. WWII and Korean War Veteran Herbert “Lucky” Page said the service brings attention and allows Americans to understand the history of our military.
"It's for all of the younger generations to find out what went on back in the wars and everything,” Page said.
Along the journey, more bikers are expected to join as they honor his service to our country. And as they escort his ashes, they’re reminded of a fellow soldier's service and honor an American hero.
"Good things and bad things can happen to you,” Beyette said. “And in order for good things to happen, I think that we have to make sacrifices ourselves at all levels."