A large, enthusiastic crowd awaited the arrival of the Fallen Soldier Cart May 14 at Love's Travel Stop in Tehachapi.  

The sidewalks were filled with veterans, enlisted personnel and civilians waving American flags.

Dozens of motorcycle riders escorted the the cart on a 1,163-mile journey, which started in Seattle on May 11 and was to arrive in Ontario on May 14.

The riders included members of The American Legion, American Legion Riders, Patriot Guard Riders, H.O.G. (Harley Owners Group), Vietnam Combat Vets, Bakersfield Freedom Riders and other patriots.

Alaska Airline baggage handlers and mechanics formed an all-volunteer group known as the Alaska Airlines Fallen Soldier Program and developed protocol for the loading and unloading to ensure the remains of America's heroes were handled with dignity and honor.

The group obtained old luggage carts and refurbished them by painting them blue and adorning them with American flag curtains and military insignia. Alaska Airlines dedicated one of these patriotic carts to be used by the Ontario International Airport in Ontario.