Dennis R. Messex Sr., 76, US Army, Vietnam veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 29 May 2024

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  • #7160
    markwells
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    Confirmed Mission: The family of Dennis Raymond Messex Sr. has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to participate in his funeral and interment services.  Mr. Messex served in the US Army from 1966 – 1969, including service in Vietnam.  He left the services as a corporal.

    More about his life can be read here.

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 29 May 2024.  Funeral mass begins at 10:00 am. Interment immediately follows.

    Location: St Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, 1520 N Railroad Ave, Pflugerville, Texas 78660.   Map link.

    Timeline:
    9:00 – 9:20 am – Staging
    9: 20 am – Briefing
    9:30 am – Flag line

    Wx: High 86F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

    Notes:  Following the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and standby to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the Holy Cross Cemetery in Granger (approximately 33 miles) where we will stand a flag line for the interment service.

    Church portion:
    Ride Captain: Russ Miller, navyvetad2@gmail.com, (512) 636-9692
    Flag Wrangler: Lance Owen

    Procession & cemetery portion:
    Ride Captain: Patti Hutto, patti.donlon@gmail.com, (512) 636-6374
    Flag Wrangler: Gary Mayers

    Please attend to honor the brave service of this soldier who answered our nation’s call. 

    #7168
    The Ghost
    Moderator

    Eight members of the Patriot Guard answered the invitation to honor CPL Messex. One of CPL Messex’s sons was kind enough to come over to the staging area and give us a short biography of his father. He gave the group all the information I was going to disseminate at the briefing, so the briefing was just flag protocol. Thanks to those that attended, I’m sure the family was appreciative and a special thanks to our dedicated flag wrangler.

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by markwells.
    #7169
    Patti Hutto
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    Two PGR accompanied the LEO escorted procession from Pflugerville to Granger. The weather forecast proved better than reported, with partly cloudy blue skies and temps feeling like 90s for the 35 mile ride through the backroads (and some highway riding) to the Holy Cross Cemetery in Granger.
    Upon arrival we met up with the Flag Wrangler for a total of 2 US flags and the Army flag on the line at the burial site. Full military honors with taps and the presenting of the American flag to CPL Messex’ wife Vickie was performed by two Army soldiers.
    A special thanks to the LEO escort who got us there safely and to the family for requesting our presence during their time of heart-felt loss.

    • This reply was modified 3 weeks, 1 day ago by markwells.
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