WICHITA, Kansas – It’s been just over a month since a helicopter crash in Nepal claimed the lives of six Marines, including the pilot, Wichita native Captain Chris Norgren.
About three dozen motorcyclists, all representing various military branches gathered this evening to show their support for Norgren.
The riders came from American Legion Post 136 in Mulvane and the VFW Post 3115.
They helped escort a procession, carrying Captain Norgren’s body from the funeral home to the church in west Wichita, prior to his funeral tomorrow morning.
Jerry Allen, known as Jarhead by his fellow riders, served in the Marine Corps and says the death of one of his fellow Marines hits close to home.
“I feel for all Marines and the six that perished over there that was kind of a blow for that type of an accident to happen,” said Allen.
Michael Vore, the Director of the American Legion Riders from Post 136, calls the experience riding for Norgren humbling.
“Anytime one of them loses their life it’s a major blow to all of us, we all kind of lose a piece of ourselves,” said Vore.
As the procession began, Vore touched on the importance this event serves in remembering one of their own.
“It’s important that we don’t forget what he’s done and show the family how much this community respects them and respects what they’ve given up for us,” said Vore.
The funeral for Captain Norgren is set to be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, in Wichita.
The public is welcome to attend.
The American Legion and VFW riders say they will be in attendance, holding the flag line before the services, as well as, leading the procession from the church to the cemetery.