February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #1471May 31, 2018 at 1:08 am #5137
Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the memorial service for Mr. Nathan Alphonso Hazelton. CGM Hazelton served for 20 years in the US Navy and is a Vietnam Veteran. He left the service as a Chief Gunner's Mate.
Additional information about his life can be read here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/georgetown-tx/nathan-hazelton-7864393
Date/Time: Friday, 01 June 2018. Memorial service to begin at 10 am.
Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 510 Luther Dr, Georgetown, TX 78628. We will stage at the church.
map link: https://goo.gl/maps/6FCCbDFUsh22
8:50 – 9:20 am – Staging
9:20 am – Briefing
9:30 am – Flag line
Wx: Hi 98 deg, mostly sunny
Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. Sunscreen recommended. Following the funeral service there will be a break until we reconvene at the church to join the LEO escorted procession to Cook Walden Capital Parks cemetery in Pflugerville for the 1 pm graveside service.
Ride Captain: Keith Longacre, email@example.com, (512) 751-8955
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend to show honor and gratitude for this sailor's long service to our country.June 1, 2018 at 1:07 am #5141keithlongacreModerator
If I can get out of town soon enough, I will be eating breakfast at Whataburger (I-35 @ Williams Dr. )
After the service begins & we break down the flag line, there are numerous eateries wilth in 5 minutes of the church.June 1, 2018 at 9:33 pm #5143keithlongacreModerator
Thanks to the 10 PGR members that stood the flag line at the church. Flag Wrangler, Don posted 7 additional flags on the grounds, including a US & Navy flag at the entrance.
After a 2 hours break for lunch, we joined the procession to Capital-Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville & reformed the flag line & rendered honors.
PGR Ride Captain, Steve VonRoder was invited by the family to fire a 3 volley salute for CGM Hazelton. Steve joined the Navy honor guard in showing respect to this veteran by fulfilling his wishes.
Steve was dressed in a Texas Navy Captain's uniform from 1836. The weapon used to fire the salute was a ( very loud ) brass blunderbuss. .75 caliber black powder flint lock. This type of weapon was used by Navy sailors, pirates & privateers from the early 1700's. The family was very pleased with the salute.
They had exhausted all avenues to locate a rifle squad. Mr. Hazelton's sister in law contacted Steve, as she remembered he rode with PGR, & gave him a call. " It was an honor to serve the family in this special way. " Steve
Thank U Steve for going above & beyond, especially in that very very hot old time uniform. I consider it an honor & privilege to serve along side these great patriots of the PGR. Thanks for all U do.
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