Bryan E. Smith, 63, US Army veteran, Taylor, TX, 21 Jan 2023

Austin Patriot Guard Riders Forums Completed Missions Bryan E. Smith, 63, US Army veteran, Taylor, TX, 21 Jan 2023

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    Confirmed Mission: The family of Mr. Bryan Eric Smith has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to participate in his funeral service.  Mr. Smith joined the Army in February 1982 where he served with the 101st Airborne for three years.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Saturday, 21 January 2023..  Funeral service begins at 1 pm.

    Location: Condra Funeral Home, 503 Talbot St, Taylor, Texas 76574
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    12:00 – 12:20 pm – Staging
    12:20 pm – Briefing
    12:30 pm – Flag line

    Wx: High 63 deg F, High 63 deg F, cloudy early followed by partial clearing.

    Notes: This mission is a flag line prior to the funeral. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line depart quietly.  Interment services will take place at a later date at CTSVC in Killeen.

    Ride Captain: Keith Brown,, (512) 422-6310

    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this soldier’s service to our country.


    The weather looked like it may not be kind to the 10 of us that showed up to stand the flag line for Bryan E. Smith. The sun did start to show itself as we started to leave. As I was standing by the door with the Army flag someone came out, looked at the people there to honor what I believe to be her dad. Knowing that none of us personally know him, thanked me for being there. At that moment I noticed the tears in her eyes. Those are the moments that reaffirm why I joined the Patriot Guards and attend the missions to honor those that gave so much for our freedom, knowing how much it means to the families.

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