James Ray Bridges, 73, US Army/ANG/Vietnam veteran, Granger, TX, 23 DEC 2020

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    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the graveside service for Mr. James Ray Bridges. SFC Bridges served in the U.S. Army from 1965 to 1971 and served in the National Guard from 1972 to 1995. He earned the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Marksman.

    More about his life can be read here: https://www.digni…es-9957223

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 23 December 2020. Graveside service at the Granger City Cemetery begins at 10 am.

    Staging location: Granger Food Mart Texaco, 309 S Commerce St, Granger, TX 76530
    map link: https://goo.gl/maps/4PzcfZUNxgV5Qs3h7

    9:15 – 9:40 am – Staging
    9:40 am – Briefing
    9:50 am – KSU for the 3 minute ride to the cemetery.

    Wx: Hi 68 deg, mostly sunny

    Notes: This is a flag line only mission. All riders must wear a face covering and maintain social distancing protocols. After arrival at the cemetery we will dismount and form a flag line for the duration of the graveside service.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells, atxpgr@gmail.com, 512-470-0380
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this soldier’s long service to our nation.


    It was a beautiful day at the Granger City Cemetery to honor Mr. Bridges service to country and community. We got to visit with some of his relatives at the staging location beforehand, and ten of us stood the flag line at the well attended graveside service.

    Thanks again to Don for bringing the flags and staking a few at the gravesite early.

    We were honored to fold the flag draped over his casket. Perry Koehn and Keith Brown folded the flag, and Juan Gonzales presented it to Mr. Bridges son, Steve. They performed it perfectly.

    RIP, James Ray Bridges.

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