by Diane Tuazon
MIDLAND - Captain Joshua Meadows served as a Marine in Afghanistan, and having a community come together to ride around town with flags held high was their way of showing how much they cared.
"This Marine gave his life for our Country, the least we can do is show respect and honor his family with him in memory and to come out and do what we did today," Bill McNeil of Patriot Guard Riders said.
As fellow marines awaited Capt. Meadows' arrival and Patriot Gaurd Riders close at hand, many say being there on Sunday showed a great deal of respect.
"To see people show respect to a fallen soldier. We've got freedom, because of these guys that fight for them," Larry Walsh with the Patriot Guard Riders, said.
"He wrote that ultimate check that every soldier fights for everyday in order to protect our freedom and the least we can do is be here and honor him," McNeil said.
Although they may not have known Capt. Meadows personally, some Patriot Guard Riders say they feel the loss of their own.
"He gave us his life. I didn't know him personally, but yeah he's my brother," McNeil said.
"It doesn't take a personal knowledge; this brother died in the line of duty for the things we enjoy in our country everyday," Walsh said.
Captain Meadows leaves behind a wife who is pregnant.
If you would like to honor him, a memorial service is planned for two on Tuesday afternoon at the Commemorative Air Force Museum.
Everyone is welcome to attend.