Updated 11/13/2012 05:48 PM
Patriot Guard Riders show up for specific duty
Family, friends and the community are saying goodbye to a fallen soldier who returned to his hometown of Corning. The body of Army Specialist Ryan Jayne arrived in the Twin Tiers Tuesday. Jayne was killed last weekend by a bomb in Afghanistan. He lived in Canisteo and was assigned to the 178th Engineer Battalion based out of Oswego. Katie Husband talked to people who ride for fallen heroes during the ceremonial procession.
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BIG FLATS, N.Y. -- Fallen Army Specialist Ryan Jayne flew into the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport for the last time.
"There will be tears running down the faces of a lot of our riders because the emotion is key, it's just unbelievable," said Tim Yetter, Patriot Guard Ride Captain Region Two.
Spoken like it's his first ride, but Tuesday's ride for Jayne was one of the hundreds Yetter has done. Jayne was only 22-years-old which, for some, that's too young.
"It crushes us because the family has lost one of their own so young," said Yetter.
Late Tuesday morning, Jayne's coffin, draped with an American flag, was removed from the airplane and was marched to the hearse. The procession left the Big Flats area and ended at Carpenter's Funeral Home in Corning.
"This is a hard one to explain because it always just makes the hair raise up on my neck because I'm so proud to be part of this, to honor veterans and proud to be an American," said Captain Richard Naylor, Ritual Team Corning American Legion Post 746.
Patriot Guard riders have received dozens of calls the past two years to honor older veterans, but when they receive a call for young soldiers like Jayne, it's especially difficult.
"Bury your Korean vets and your Vietnam vets, World War II vets and most of them have had a pretty decent length of life where a lot of these kids are 22, 23, 24," said Yetter.
It's a job they do for their country.
"Just pray for all of our troops. Let's get them home safely and let's have peace," said Naylor.
As the Twin Tiers community mourns the loss of one of its own.
The calling hours for Jayne will be at the Corning East High School from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. A full military service will follow on the football field.