Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Gunners Mate Senior Chief Richard Locke. Senior Chief Locke served 21 years in the Navy.
Date/Time: Sunday, 29 September 2019. Funeral service scheduled for 12 noon.
Location: Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park, 6300 W William Cannon Dr, Austin, TX 78749. This is the Oak Hill Cook Walden location. We will stage at the funeral home.
Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/p5aBq7qh6eR2
10:45 – 11:15 am – Staging
11:15 am – Briefing
11:25 am – Flag line
Wx: Hi 94 deg. Scattered thunderstorms in the morning, then partly cloudy late. Chance of rain 40%.
Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and relocate to the on-property grave site to form a second flag line for the interment service.
Eight riders attended today's mission to honor GMCS Locke. The the cloud cover with occasional sprinkles and shaded porch allowed us to be comfortable prior to the funeral service. GMCS Locke's daughter is an APD motors officer, so the family received a nice escort from their home to the funeral home.
The cemetery portion at 1 pm was in the hot sun, but we got through it OK. A bagpiper was a nice addition, and they released doves to close that portion.
We had a new rider today. Welcome to the PGR, Aaron!
Thank you to all who took time from their Sunday to attend this mission. RIP, GMCS Richard Locke.