Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the memorial service for Mr. Carmen Mangene. Mr. Mangene served in the US Navy, enlisting at 17 yrs old in 1943. He served aboard the USS Memphis in the Americas and Europe during WWII. He left the service in 1946 as a Seaman First Class.
Austin Staging location: For those who would like to carpool and/or ride down to Smithville together.
McDonald's, 15900 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78728. NW corner of IH35 & Grand Ave Parkway
map link: https://goo.gl/maps/47JyJrWQeGD2
7:30 – 8:10 am – Staging
8:15 am – KSU for carpool/ride to Smithville
10:20 am – Briefing at the church in Smithville
10:30 am – Flag line
Wx: Hi 69 deg. Scattered thunderstorms. Chance of rain 60%
Notes: Cage it if weather dictates. This is a flag line only at the church. Following the start of the service we will strike the flag line a depart quietly.
Traffic was heavy as we left the staging area in light fog & mist. But spirits were not dampened because of our important mission. At the church, additional patriots arrived for a total of 9 standing the flag line. Flags were pre posted at the street entrance & in front of the church. Together, it was a very nice visual.
Family & friends emotionally thanked us for our presents & what it means to everyone especially Dorthy, Mr. Mangene's wife.
Thanks Flag Wrangler Don & new rider Ken. Thanks to all for giving of your time to show honor & respect to this Navy vet & his family. U do make a difference.