Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Mr. Arthur Haywood. Mr. Haywood served in the US Air Force. Details of his military service are not yet available.
9:50 am – 10:20 am – Staging
10:20 am – Briefing
10:30 am – Flag line
Wx: Hi 99 deg, clear skies
Notes: Arrive fed, fueled, and hydrated. Bring two bottles of water for yourself and one for a friend. Sun screen recommended. Following the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and standby to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the nearby Sayers Cemetery (10 min ride) where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.
Ten members of the PGR honored Mr. Arthur Haywood in the flag line at the church. Eight were able to ride in procession to the cemetery. It was a special ceremony with full Military Honors. Mr. Haywood's earthly remains were carried the final quarter mile in a horse drawn hearse followed by a riderless horse and a honor guard from the Camp Mabry Buffalo Soldiers Company A 9th Cavalry. Thanks to all who stood for Mr. Haywood. Special thanks to Flag Wrangler Don Ferguson and Elgin PD. Note from Elgin Funeral Home Director Joshua Hausladen: "Everything turned out great! Thank you all for a job well done. The family was singing the praises of all those involved. I am very honored and proud to be able to work with all of you. Thanks again."