Motorcyclists Rally Outside Soldier's Funeral

By: Ashley Davidson
By: Ashley Davidson

A solider with the local ties is being remembered as a hero today. 28-year-old Christopher Schornak was laid to rest in Franklin Tuesday afternoon. Schornak was stationed at Fort Campbell for four years. At the time of his death he was serving with the 1/12th Infantry, Fourth Brigade, Fourth ID out of Fort Hood, Texas. The scene outside Schornak's funeral was red, white, and blue. There were also a lot of black leather and motorcycles.

Most of the men outside Staff Sergeant Christopher Schornak's funeral didn't know him, but they consider him a brother.

Don Woodrick, of Mayfield, says: "We're here to show support and respect to Sergeant Schornak and his family for the sacrifice he made to the country."

About 60 bikers with the Patriot Guard Riders, carrying American flags in every shape and size, came to the services at Crafton Funeral Home in Franklin.

Doc Folickman, of Louisville says: "It's important for me to support military funerals to show my support for those who have given their lives to our country for our freedom. It's a good cause."

Most of the attendees have served in the military. One reason they feel obligated to come to soldier funerals is to block the protesters. But that isn't the main reason.

Woodrick says: "Earlier as we pulled in Chris Schornak's widow, young child, and his parents came over and shook our hands and thanked us. That's all the motivation we need to take the day off and come do this. They need the support."

Inside the funeral of Chris Schornak, members of the military stayed stoic throughout. They nodded their agreement when the chaplain spoke of what a great man he was and how he paid the ultimate price serving his country, something he loved doing. After the service many waved thanks to the motorcyclists in the procession.

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