Archive for Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Soldiers get VIP escort downtown

February 20, 2008

Richard Ogden wanted to give his new grandson-in-law a special treat to not only welcome him as the newest member of the family, but for safely returning back home after his second tour in Afghanistan.

Ogden, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a national organization of motorcycle enthusiasts who carry out missions to honor U.S. military members, enlisted the groups help Saturday to escort Army Spc. Matt Grigsby and his wife Katy Grigsby from McLouth to their wedding reception at the Tonganoxie VFW. The Oskaloosa couple exchanged their vows on Valentine's Day.

Under police escort from the city limits to the event site, Ogden and several other riders braved the cold and wet weather to give the newlyweds the VIP treatment.

Even the Tonganoxie Fire Department participated by hoisting a flag on the ladder for the riders to drive underneath.

Matt Grigsby was surprised to see the motorcycle caravan waiting for him.

"It was amazing:it really was," Grigsby said at the reception. "We had no idea and then there was like this whole escort thing. I just thought we were going to the reception."

Traveling with Grigsby was Army Spc. Jason Boswell, Matt's friend from Afghanistan. Before coming back home to Oskaloosa, Grigsby visited Boswell's family in Pennsylvania.

Grigsby and Boswell said they planned on volunteering for a tour in Iraq later this year.

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