February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #1210September 4, 2014 at 11:27 pm #4554
Confirmed Mission: SHORT NOTICE: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the interment service for Matthew Taylor Shafer 28, U.S.A.F. veteran. Matthew medically retired with the rank of Captain.
Date/Time: Saturday, Sep 6th, 2014 1:00pm
Location: Greenwood Cemetery, N. Llano St (Hwy 16), Fredericksburg, Tx
Directions: We will stage at the Jim’s Restaurant at the Y in Oak Hill, intersection of Hwy 71 and Hwy 290 (7101 Texas 71).
9:45am – 10:10am Staging (Earlier if you want to eat)
10:10am – Mission Briefing
10:30am – KSU to Fredericksburg (ETA 1.3 hr)
Wx: Lo – 77 Hi – 98 Mostly Sunny (KVUE Wx)
Notes: Start hydrating the day before and bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. Dress for the weather. Recommend sunblock and a hat be worn.
Arrive at staging with full tank of gas for the 68 mile ride to the funeral home (no stops).
Arriving at the funeral home we will join an LEO escorted procession at 12:30pm to the Greenwood Cemetery (about 1.6 miles) for military honors.
Ride Captain: Keith Longacre 512-751-8955 firstname.lastname@example.org
Flag Wrangler: Bob Binkley
Please try to attend this funeral service to honor this veteran and his family for their sacrifices and service to our country.September 5, 2014 at 12:08 am #4555September 7, 2014 at 4:25 am #4557keithlongacreModerator
Wow. What a great turn out. We had riders join us from as far away as San Antonio. We had a rider join us in Johnson City & 2 more in Frederiksberg. In addition, some friends of Capt. Shafer met us at the Austin staging. All total we had 21 bikes & 2 cages.
The flag line proved to be a challenge with the heat & high humidity. I managed to get most into the shade but even then, it was still pretty grueling. U patriots never cease to amaze me. U are truly super people & I humbly thank U for all U do. It was my honor to serve with U today.
A big thanks too to Bobby for being the Flag Wrangler & bringing cold water. That was a God sent.
Members of the family stopped me after the service & wanted me to pass along to U all how deeply appreciative they all were for the show of respect that U all rendered by giving up your Sat to be there. U DO make a difference & it shows. As a Vietnam vet, your showing of respect to the fallen veteran is especially meaningful to me. Thanks so so much again.
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