27 December 2008
Kansas American Legion Rider Area Director, Patriot Guard
Co-Captain, and US Army 26th Airborne Pathfinder Veteran Greg
"Ebay" Hansen was laid to rest. Greg was a good husband, a good
father, a great man, and a brother in arms.
The staging crew and road guards arrived at the staging area to
start organizing the cages and motorcycles as they rolled in.
Temperature was 25 degrees with wind-chill in the teens. The
sun shined briefly before snow flurries started. The Riders on
motorcycles and Riders who caged did not let the weather get in
the way. The cages and non-flagged motorcycles departed to Hope
Community Church after the briefing. The flagged motorcycles
arrived about 15 minutes later. We flew a small number of
American flags followed by two Kansas flags, then several of
each military service branch flags, plus POW/MIA, ALR and
Chaplain flags. After those, many American flags were flown on
the motorcycles that followed that group. Ebay would have
loved that sight. We all formed an avenue of flags in
preparation to receive Ebay. His hearse was escorted from
Lakeview Mortuary by a motorcycle Honor Guard which consisted of
American Legion Riders from many Posts. Andover Police and the
Butler County Sheriff department provided escort for the groups
of motorcycles and cages. All riders, friends and active
military gave a salute as Ebay was removed from the hearse.
Assigned AL Riders
took turns standing guard over the casket and Ebay. ALR 406
riders, led by Bruno, provided a motorcycle escort of the family
and friends to the church. The funeral services started several
minutes after 1400 hr. It was standing room only with people
standing all the way to the front entrance and out the front
door. US Marine Corps Reverend Doctor Kenton D. Van officiated
at the services. Kenton Van is an American Legion Rider whose
ride name is "Saint", and he was a personal friend of Ebay.
"Saint" gave a very uplifting eulogy and spoke from the heart
about his friendship with Ebay. Cregg "Bronco 6" Hansen, US
Army Master Sergeant Juanita Milligan (combat-wounded Iraqi War
Veteran), and Darkhorse spoke of Ebay's leadership and service
to all who knew him and his continued service to America. Greg
"Ebay" Hansen's name was known by thousands of people in Kansas
as well as in every state in the USA, and by our men and women
fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq.
service, Ebay's casket was led outside by Charles "Bagpiper"
Liles. The US Army 1st Infantry Division Funeral Squad from
Fort Riley, Kansas provided full military honors for Ebay. They
folded his casket flag while in the church, then gave him a
21-gun salute and played "Taps" after he was moved outside by
the hearse. Ebay was returned to the mortuary for cremation.
The motorcycle Honor Guard escorted his hearse to the mortuary,
led by the Butler County Sheriff and the Andover Police Chief.
After the service
ended, family and friends were escorted by Andover Police
Officers and ALR 406 Riders from the church to Andover Central
Middle School for a luncheon. ALR 401 provided a flag line at
the door to receive everyone. Many tears and laughter were
shared as everyone remembered Ebay that afternoon.
Heartfelt thanks go to the American Legion Riders, ride
captains, road guards, volunteer honor guards, staging crew, and
flag line crew. Thanks also to every person who supported this
mission, including members of many other motorcycle
organizations. You showed great honor by holding the American
Flag to honor Greg Hansen and his family. We are grateful to
each and every one of you who took time to be there. It was an
honor to stand with you. Thank you to Charles Liles for his
inspiring bagpipe music during the services. A warm thanks goes
to the CMA for bringing hot coffee out to the flag line.
We especially thank the law enforcement agencies for making the
mission safe and uneventful.
We hope that all who
traveled a long distance on bad roads made it home safely
without incident. God bless each and every one of you.
On behalf of Ebay
and his family, we say to all of you "Job well done. Mission