Prior to the memorial, Granite Construction, where Phil Herring, the father, works, graded the road to make it passable for all types of vehicles. And several workers spent at least three 18-hour long days building and setting a memorial to the young rider.
Over 100 people attended the event, not only locals from across our area but several that took time off their work to drive in from California. It was an emotional day for everyone there and many tears were shed during the ceremony.
MRANN's "prayer guy" Tim Lampe began the service before the series chaplin Joel Ellis took over and read several passages out of the bible. There was also a ceremonial "laying of hands" on the parents, Phil and Penny.
Pro KTM factory racer and MRANN alumnus, Justin Soulè sang a couple of songs and added his blessings to the event. The sound was provided by the series Bob "Motomouth" Cavakis.
Several eulogies were spoken between tears and could best summed up by fellow racer Ryan Toomey who said, "It feels like I lost a brother."
On a lighter side, several of Herring's schoolmates, as well as his school bus driver, spoke of how the young man's sense of humor added a sparkle to their days at North Valleys High School. His free spirit touched a lot of hearts both at school and at the races.
Speaking of his son's passion for the sport Phil Herring said, "It was his passion, he lived and breathed it. And I don't want this to devastate everybody to stop racing as I want them to continue as that's how Corey would have it. And I can't say enough for Granite Construction."
The father added that he and his wife Penny have been overwhelmed by the support their extended racing family has shown them in this time of loss.
"From the deepest in my heart, what's left of it, I appreciate so much from everybody. I don't what I'd do with MRANN," he said.
The service ended with the sounds of a 2-Stroke being revved up, as that was the type of bike Herring raced.