Cadet 2nd Class Tristen R. Burton, 21, USAF active duty, Taylor, TX, 09 Mar 2024

Austin Patriot Guard Riders Forums Completed Missions Cadet 2nd Class Tristen R. Burton, 21, USAF active duty, Taylor, TX, 09 Mar 2024

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    Confirmed Mission: The family of Cadet 2nd Class Tristan Riley Burton has invited the PGR to participate in his funeral and interment services. Cadet Burton, of Granger, TX, was an airman attending the US Air Force Academy.  He tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident on 29 February 2024 in Colorado.

    His obituary can be read here once posted:

    Date/Time: Saturday, 09 March 2024.  Funeral service begins at 2 pm.

    Location: Providence Funeral Home, 807 Carlos G Parker Blvd NW, Taylor, TX 76574.  We will stage at the funeral home.

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    12:30 – 1:05 pm – Staging
    1:05 pm – Briefing
    1:10 pm – Flag line

    Wx: High 63 F, mostly sunny

    Notes: Be advised a visitation will take place prior to the start of the funeral service.  Friends and family will be arriving during our staging period. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the nearby Taylor City Cemetery where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Gary Mayers,, 512-797-6613
    Flag Wrangler: Gary Mayers

    Please attend to honor this young airman’s commitment to serving his nation.

    Gary Mayers

    Today March 9th 2024 was a trying time for everyone. 20 Austin Patriot Guard riders set out with 25 mile an hour winds and 45 degrees to Taylor to honor Cadet Burton. There were 16 riders on motorcycle of which 9 were first time riders. We came to pay respect to 21 year old Cadet 2nd class Tristen R. Burton. He was attending the US Air Force Academy in Colorado. On 29 February 2024 Cadet Burton’s life was cut short in a motorcycle accident.

    I think every Cadet from the academy was there to honor Cadet Burton. The Parking lot was full and the Funeral Home was standing room only. 20 Riders stood for an hour in honor of Cadet Burton. The flag line retreated once the service started.

    When the service was over, 16 riders joined the procession to the Taylor Cemetery where we stood a second flag line. The internment was with full military honors: a 21 gun salute, playing of taps, and the folding of the US flag to be presented to the parents. At the end of the service we retreated where I thanked everyone for attending and to have a safe trip home.

    I met with the parents of Tristen, Jeffery and Marjorie and told them that we were sorry for their loss. The father responded with many thanks to all the riders that attended in honor of their son. He said his son would have loved what we do.

    Cadet 2nd Class Tristen Burton

    Rest in Peace

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