Angel Zavala, 98, WWII US Army veteran, Taylor, TX, 31 AUG 2020

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Mr. Angel Zavala. Mr. Zavala served honorably in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, his 8th Air Force and the 2nd Bomb Division, under the command of General James Doolittle, joined forces in bombing the Beaches of Normandy prior to the landing of General Omar Bradley’s troops on Utah and Omaha beaches. He proudly served his final tour of duty in the Island of Guam and was honorably discharged on December 3, 1945.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Monday, 31 August 2020. Funeral mass begins at 10 am.

    Location: St Mary Catholic Church, 408 Washburn St, Taylor, TX 76574. We will stage at the church.
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    8:45 – 9:15 am – Staging
    9:15 am – Briefing
    9:20 am – Flag line

    Wx: Hi 101 deg, mostly sunny

    Notes: It will be hot and humid; don't forget your water and sun protection. Maintain pandemic protocol. After the start of the funeral mass we will strike the flag line and relocate to the nearby St Mary Catholic Cemetery to form a second flag line for the interment portion.

    Ride Captain: Keith Longacre,, (512) 751-8955
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this veteran from the greatest generation.


    From Phillip Zavala, Angel Zavala's son:
    “Mark, this is Phillip Zavala. I want to thank you again for your help with the Patriot Guard. They were very good, and we all were glad to see them at my father's funeral today. My siblings had no idea that they would be there, and everyone today was proud for our dad. Once again thank you so much, and may God bless you, your family, and the rest of the Patriot Guard, and may God bless the United States of America.”


    The weather may have been hot today, but 8 super patriots stood a flag line in front of the church for My Zavala & his family. The clouds & wind sure did help. We then relocated to the cemetery & stood another flag line for the interment. The letter above is why what we do is so important. Thank U all so much. RIP Sir.

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