Patriot Guard Riders from Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida take a break at Love’s Truck Stop in Clanton as they escort the U.S. Marine Aviation Memorial Tower from Cincinnati to Pensacola, Fla., on Aug. 16.

Archived Story

Monument passes through Clanton

Published 12:58pm Thursday, August 16, 2012

A memorial monument hailing from Ohio passed through Clanton on Thursday during its 716-mile journey to Florida.

Patriot Guard Riders were escorting the U.S. Marine Aviation Memorial Bell Tower from Cincinnati to Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola, Fla., to commemorate the U.S. Marine Aviation’s 100th anniversary.

“Our main mission is to shield and protect families of lost loved ones,” said Charles “Rainman” Davidson, senior ride captain of the Alabama Patriot Guard Riders. “This is a joyous mission because you’re celebrating Marine aviation.”

According to Davidson, the escort was comprised of about 50 riders from Alabama, Ohio, Kentucky and Florida by the time the group stopped at Love’s Truck Stop in Clanton on Thursday morning.

The Marine Aviation Memorial Tower will serve as the third national memorial to the U.S. Marine Corps.

The tower was built in Cincinnati, and its bell was transported separately, by plane.

Print Friendly

Editor's Picks

Off-duty officer at right place, right time to help arrest armed robber

Thorsby Police officer Gaines Silas saw someone fleeing from the Dollar General off Seventh Street South in Clanton shortly before 9 p.m., and the off-duty ... Read more

Verbena football title trophy found, to be returned to school

“We’re excited about getting that trophy back to the school," Verbena Principal Kelvin Boulware said. Read more

Fair may have found a temporary home at Clanton City Park

Fair organizers moved the event away from its long-time location when it became a safety hazard for the adjacent Chilton County Airport. Read more