Austin Patriot Guard Riders › Forums › Completed Missions › SPC EJ Johnston, 18, TX National Guard, Cedar Park, TX, 31 MAR 2010 › Reply To: SPC EJ Johnston, 18, TX National Guard, Cedar Park, TX, 31 MAR 2010
This letter was posted on the National PGR site and thought I'd share with…
Dear Patriot Guard Riders:
Today in the small town of Liberty Hill, Texas we buried a wonderful young man. SPC Elton J. (EJ) Johnston, a Texas National Guard soldier and High School student in our small town. My 17 year old son had been friends with EJ since they were both little boys.
I run a business and could not attend the funeral with my son. My business is on Hwy 29, the route of the funeral procession to the cemetery. I gathered employees and family and we stood at the road, with a flag, to honor EJ and his family.
I have to tell you that the sight of all those PGR with American Flags touched the very depths of my heart. What a wonderful way to honor a great young man.
After the procession I did some research on your wonderful group. What you do is the most selfless acts I think I have ever seen.
There are not words to define the kindness of the men and women (and 1 dog we saw in the group!). I showed my son the info on your group when he got home. In this day when people are not always as nice or giving or compassionate as they should be, it's an inspiration to know that there are people like PGR out there. You have inspired me and I may just become your newest member.
God Bless you all,
Liberty Hill, TX