Reply To: Cadet 2nd Class Tristen R. Burton, 21, USAF active duty, Taylor, TX, 09 Mar 2024

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Gary Mayers
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Today March 9th 2024 was a trying time for everyone. 20 Austin Patriot Guard riders set out with 25 mile an hour winds and 45 degrees to Taylor to honor Cadet Burton. There were 16 riders on motorcycle of which 9 were first time riders. We came to pay respect to 21 year old Cadet 2nd class Tristen R. Burton. He was attending the US Air Force Academy in Colorado. On 29 February 2024 Cadet Burton’s life was cut short in a motorcycle accident.

I think every Cadet from the academy was there to honor Cadet Burton. The Parking lot was full and the Funeral Home was standing room only. 20 Riders stood for an hour in honor of Cadet Burton. The flag line retreated once the service started.

When the service was over, 16 riders joined the procession to the Taylor Cemetery where we stood a second flag line. The internment was with full military honors: a 21 gun salute, playing of taps, and the folding of the US flag to be presented to the parents. At the end of the service we retreated where I thanked everyone for attending and to have a safe trip home.

I met with the parents of Tristen, Jeffery and Marjorie and told them that we were sorry for their loss. The father responded with many thanks to all the riders that attended in honor of their son. He said his son would have loved what we do.

Cadet 2nd Class Tristen Burton

Rest in Peace

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