Patriot Guard Riders pay their respects to Delbert Belton

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The Patriot Guard Riders makes a point to honor fallen servicemen across the country, and on Thursday they helped honor Delbert Belton.

The graveside service for the 88-year-old World War II veteran drew dozens to Greenwood Cemetery including Patriot Guard Riders with flags.  Many of the people at the service said they had never seen so many flags in their life.

“This is what all of our community is about," said one Patriot Guard Rider.

Patriot Guard Riders said they were even more moved to attend the funeral because of the way Belton died.  More than 240 riders attended the funeral.

The World War II veteran was beaten August 21st in a North Spokane parking lot. He died the following morning. Two teenagers were later arrested and charged.

“A guy who's seen action in combat comes back home, doesn't deserve to die like that," said Patriot Guard Captain Larry Griffith.”

The Patriot Guard Riders who attended the service for Belton came from four states.  Leaders said their goal was to act as one more symbol of the contribution Belton made to this nation. They also led a procession away from the service.

"It's our hope that they'll understand that there are people who cared about their departed one," said Griffith.”

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