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    Confirmed Mission: The family has requested the PGR to participate in the welcome home of their son, Thomas Dukes, from his recent deployment.

    Date/Time: Saturday , August 24th, 2013  6:00pm

    Location: Hardtails Bar & Grill, 1515 N. IH 35, Georgetown (Next to Hog Alley)

    Directions: Located on the south bound side of IH 35, north of Georgetown, across the highway from Powersports/Honda

    5:00pm – 5:15pm Staging 
    5:15pm – Mission/Safety Briefing
    5:25pm – KSU to Welcome Home

    Wx: Partly Cloudy, lo – 74, hi – 98 10% Chance of Precip (KVUE Wx)

    Notes:   Please arrive on time, and hydrate prior to the mission.. Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. Dress for the hot weather. Suggest sun block. More information will be provided at staging.

    Ride Captain:  Keith Longacre 512-751-8955

    Flag Wrangler:  Keith Longacre

    Please make plans for attending to honor this man who served his country during the war on terror. Remember where he has been and what he has endured for the last year.


    I stopped at Hard Tails today & talked to the owner. He has invited all who want, to have a bite to eat before KSU. Arrive there early enough to be completed by KSU time.

    The Ghost

    Flag pole broke it half about 5 miles from 71 on 130, could not complete mission. Sorry.


    What a neat & fun mission. As is normal, Semper Gumby was in play. But no matter, most of us sat around gabbing & eating at HT's & having a good time. KSU changed to 6:30 & off we rode to the Cpl's house. Rounding the corner of the neighborhood, we saw hundreds of American flags stuck in the ground lining the streets all the way to his house. The 11 of us there reassembled & was led in prayer by our new transfer member from Florida, Jane. A short time later we & several neighbors retrieved a flag from Mark's truck & lined the right side of Cpl Duke's block. Around 7:45, here he comes. When the awesome flag bike escort & Cpl. Dukes rounded the corner, chiles & cheers & waves & applauding errupted. We followed him down the street to his house, gathering around him. The look on his face said it all. I'm pretty sure he was blown away. You all are awesome in your patriotism. Thanks to all of you & to Mark, our flag wrangler.
    Neighbors came up to me afterwards expressing how great it was to see such patriotism. U R the best.


    This was fun. What a great group of neighbors this young man has. Seeing all those flags placed along the sidewalks for blocks upon entering the neighborhood blurred my vision, I'll admit, but the connection with all the neighbors, so many of whom joined the flag line, was the best. Nice job getting the word out, Keith, it was a memorable one.

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