"We are here today to honor the gentleman as a World War II Veteran."
People from across the country have been filing into First United Methodist Church Thursday to pay their respects to former Senator George McGovern.
While many recall rooting for McGovern as he ran for president in 1972, on Thursday the Patriot Guard Riders honored one of South Dakota's most prominent sons as a veteran.
"Today we're standing with a flag line, all of the members of the Patriot Guard, to honor and respect a World War II Army Air Force veteran—George McGovern—that has served his country," said Assistant State Captain Dale Thomsen, South Dakota Patriot Guard Riders.
The South Dakota Patriot Guard Riders lined up along Spring Avenue. Thomsen said their was a steady flow of people going to tribute McGovern, but the Patriot Riders maintained in the cold to honor one of their own.
"Just glad he did everything he did for South Dakota," Thomsen said. "It's just truly our honor and pleasure to be here today to show our respect to this military veteran."