February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #1395July 1, 2017 at 4:52 pm #4967
Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and burial services of Mr. Woody Woodward. Mr. Woodward enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and served in Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany during WWII. He left the Army at the end of the war in 1945 as a Sergeant.
More details of Mr. Woodward's life can be read here: obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=A.M.+%22Woody%22-Woodward&lc=4884&pid=185941111&mid=7465455
Date/Time: Thursday, 06 July 2017. Service begins at 10 am.
Location: Cook Walden Funeral Home, 6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX 78752. This is the location across the street from the DPS headquarters. We will stage at the funeral home.
Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/x5hcLmbBP112
8:50 – 9:20 am – Staging
9:20 am – Mission Briefing
9:30 am – Flag Line
Wx: Hi 98 deg, partly cloudy
Notes: Stay hydrated! Bring two bottles of water for yourself and one for a friend. Following the funeral service we will stand by to join the LEO escorted procession to the Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville where we will form a second flag line for the burial portion.
Ride Captain: Keith Longacre, email@example.com, (512) 751-8955
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend this mission to honor this brave warrior from our greatest generation.July 6, 2017 at 8:33 pm #4969
We had 10 PGR members That stood in the flag line with 7 riding to the Cemetery where we formed a second flag line for today's mission. Upon the family’s request. I and Warren presented the burial flag to the oldest son after a young man from the family played taps.
It was warm and muggy. Thank you to all who gave up part of their morning to stand for this soldier. And for bearing with me as acting RC.
CharlesJuly 6, 2017 at 8:35 pm #4970keithlongacreModerator
What an amazing group of patriots we have in the Austin PGR. Do to unforeseen & very last minute issues, I did not make it to the mission. But true to our "Semper Gumby" patch (Always Flexible), 2 of our riders, Warren & Charles, stepped up, took charge & carried out the mission w/o a hitch. All bikes were at the front of the procession as usual & formed a flag line upon arrival at the cemetery. A 12 yr old played taps on a real bugle & was fantastic. Warren retrieved the flag from the casket & after the customary rendering of the hand salutes, Charles presented it to the family.
The Masons also preformed their customary ceremony because Woody was a Mason.
There were 7 riders, 2 guests & Don with the flag truck.
OUTSTANDING guys! PS Nicki was there on her own ride. Yahoooooooo Good to have U back & riding again.July 9, 2017 at 8:11 pm #4971
From Don Woodward, Woody Woodward's son.
I want to thank your group.
I can't recall the name of the captain, but all of the ones I met were very professional, and I think dad would have been proud. I was surprised when the Austin Police escort led us down I 35 and shut it down for the few miles we were on it. The whole process including the PG flag presentation was very impressive. Thank you again. It was very well done.
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