Austin
5:36 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Austin Area Patriot Guard Riders Honor Local World War II Veteran

An Austin U.S. Army World War II veteran was laid to rest today. Domingo Urias was part of the second wave of the D-Day invasion, 69 years ago this week.

“He was tasked with assessing all the German concentration camps in Germany," said his grandson, David St.George, also a veteran. "So his job as a military policeman was to protect and guard the General. Grandpa was a very hard-nosed veteran. Very hard-working man. He was just a great guy."

The Austin area Patriot Guard Riders honored Urias this morning by forming a flag line outside of the Cook-Walden Funeral Home on North Lamar Boulevard.

"Not only do we show respect and honor but we maintain our mentality," some of these are really hard to take and because we do so many of them," Keith Longacre said. He was today's ride captain. "Levity helps us get through it all. Some of them are tough." 

The Patriot Guard Riders, a national group, has chapters throughout the state and volunteer their time if the veterans' families request their participation.

This group escorted the funeral procession to the Assumption Cemetery in South Austin on their motorcycles.

Urias is survived by his wife, five children and 96 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.