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    We have been invited to attend the send off of 130 soldiers from the Texas National Guard stationed in Taylor, Tx.
    Please try to attend this event to show them that we support them and wish them a safe return.

    Austin Staging: Texas National Guard Troop Send off
    3 October 2009- Taylor, Texas Date: Saturday, 10-03-09

    Time: 1200 noon

    Location: Parking lot Covert Ford, HWY 79, Hutto, Texas. Just east of town in the north side of the street on Hwy 79.

    The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in a send off for Texas Army National Guard, Alpha Troop A, 1st Squadron, 112th Calvary Regiment (Ghost Riders) deployment. The event will be at Taylor High School this Saturday, 3 October, 2009. Austin area riders will stage at the SE corner of the Covert Ford dealership. Briefing at 12:20 KSU 12:30. We will proceed east on Hwy 79 into Taylor and turn left (north) on to Hwy 95 (We will be flying our flags). We are supposed to have LEO support through town. We will arrive at the High School and establish a flag line. There is supposed to be two ladder trucks flying flags for the departing troops to pass through. Depending on the circumstances; we may accompany the departing busses for a short distance. “ simper Gumby’ as always.
    Bring a couple of bottles of water. Weather calls for temperatures to be in the high 70’s.
    Hi 78 F
    Lo 68 F
    there is a chance of showers If you have questions, email me at : work phone 512-972-7746 home phone 512-837-3843, 466-5769 cell. Ride Captain: Steve von Roeder


    Please check weather saturday morning because of rain chances. It you are uncomfortable riding in the rain, please consider attending in your cage. These soldiers must go no matter the weather. We can withstand a little water compared to what they are facing. Bring a rain jacket and show them we are proud of what they are doing!


    AFTER ACTION REPORT: we had 16 PGR members, including one new member, Randy, who was attending his first mission. Thanks to Sam for wrangling the flags. We had excellent LEO support including an escort through Taylor with 5 cars, lights and sirens. The troops marched to the school from across the street under an American Flag suspended from a TFD Fire ladder truck, through our flag line and into the high school gymnasium. The commander of Texas Army National Guard, Alpha Troop A, 1st Squadron, 112th Calvary Regiment (Ghost Riders) shook hands with each PGR member. The Mayor pro-tem was delighted that we were able to attend.

    Thanks to all who made the effort to attend; I know these troops and their families appreciated us being there to stand tall for them. The weather held off until we saddled up to leave; I trust everyone got home safely, wet no doubt but safe and secure in the knowledge that we were included in this ceremony and in our small way able to show these troops and families that we support them.

    Thanks for what you do,

    Capn’ Cannonball

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