February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #571September 15, 2011 at 3:50 pm #3406
PGR senior ride captain Steve "Cannonball" von Roeder and his wife Lyn have requested the participation of the Patriot Guard Riders in a graveside memorial service in honor of Steve's recently deceased father, Carroll Mays von Roeder. During WW II, Staff Sergeant von Roeder was a Radar Technician onboard the B-29 "Superfortress" assigned to the 20th Air Force, 477th Bombardment Group, 877th Heavy Bombardment Squadron at Isley Airfield Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands.
Date: Saturday, 17 September 2011.
Primary staging location: We will stage in place at the Texas State Cemetery following the conclusion of the POW/MIA ceremony mission. (See the POW/MIA ceremony mission thread at http://www.auspgr.org for details.) We will proceed approximately one mile to the Oakwood Cemetery Annex and form a flag line at the gravesite of Mr. von Roeder for an approximately 30 minute memorial service.
Alternate staging location: If you are not attending the POW/MIA ceremony mission you may stage at Oakwood Cemetery Annex, 1821 Comal Street, Austin, TX 78702.
Directions: Oakwood Cemetery Annex is located on the east side of Comal Street between MLK Jr. Blvd and East 18th Street. Stage just inside the entrance on the east side of Comal near the maintenance building. Map link: tiny.cc/Comal
Alternate staging timeline: If you are going directly to the Oakwood cemetery be there by 11:30 am. The riders arriving from the Texas State Cemetery will enter at that location.
Wx: Partly cloudy, low 75, high 97. Slight chance of a shower. Please bring your own drinking water and remember sunscreen.
Notes: Please arrive fed, fueled, and hydrated. The procession from the Texas State Cemetery to Oakwood will not have LEO escort. Each rider will be responsible for obeying all traffic laws.
Ride Captain: Terry Ayers, 512 925-6101, email@example.com
Flag Wrangler: Lyn von Roeder
Please make plans to honor the service to our nation of the Father and Father-in-law of two of our own.September 17, 2011 at 3:08 am #3407
Sincerest Condolences to the von Roeder family. Another great WW2 Hero has passed and is now in a better place. Many, many Thanks for his service.September 18, 2011 at 1:18 am #3412mototerryModerator
Outstanding turnout to honor WW II Veteran Carroll von Roeder. Thank you all with an additional thank you to PGR members Rita Rainwater, Andy Lough, Tony Womack, and Mark Wells for the flawless flag folding ceremony. An extra thanks to Mark for stepping forward and giving the invocation and benediction on a moments notice due to an illness that necessitated the need for a backup.September 18, 2011 at 2:42 am #3413
There are no words to express my gratitude for the memorial for my dad today. Each of you who attended in person and those who were with us in sprit made this a very memorable event. I know that my dad was very "proud" of us all.
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