Marine Motorcade

A Missouri Highway Patrol vehicle leads a parade of dozens of motorcyclists along westbound Interstate 44 at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon as they approach the Exit 239 overpass in St. Clair. The motorcade was put together to pay tribute to a U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Gorzik of Leasburg, who died May 28 while at Camp Pendleton in California. He had served four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. About 100 people gathered at the I-44 Exit 239 overpass to watch the motorcade and salute Gorzik, whose hearse followed the cyclists. Most who gathered were holding American flags, which were waved when the processional approached and passed. The gathering included members of local Scout troops, the American Legion and the VFW as well as citizens. Gorzik’s plane arrived at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis at about 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The motorcade, which also included Gorzik’s family members, traveled from there to Sullivan, where viewing was scheduled on Friday afternoon at Eaton Funeral Home. The funeral is at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Eaton. Burial will be at Lea Cemetery in Leasburg following the funeral. Members of the St. Clair American Legion Riders were part of the motorcycle processional.