James W. Sykes, 89, WWII Veteran, Austin, TX, 31 MAR 2010

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    Confirmed Mission Final Itinerary

    Mr. Jim Sykes passed away on Sunday, 28 March, at his home in Buda, TX. Mr. Sykes was a CPL in the Army Air Corp during WWII and served in Australia, Italy, and Africa. His family has invited the PGR to participate in his funeral and interment services, and we are honored to do so.

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 31 March 2010. Funeral service to begin at 2:00 pm.

    Staging:12:45pm. 1:15pm. (13:15) at the Funeral Home

    Briefing/Flagline: 13:15

    Location Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 South Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78704. Burial to follow at Onion Creek Memorial Park, 11610 Chapel Lane, Austin, TX

    Wx: Sunny, Highs in the 80's

    Notes: Arrive fed and hydrated. After the service at the Funeral Home we will accompany the procession to Onion Creek Memorial Park for the graveside portion.

    Ride Captain: Robert Stancil, austinplastering@sbcglobal.net
    Ph. 512-217-4740

    Flag Handler: J.C. Clausen

    We now have missions in the morning and afternoon in the Austin area, so make every effort to attend one or both if you can.


    We are burying two soldiers on Wednesday.

    One is 18 yrs old, barely a man, just learning to take up arms in the defense of his country and freedom. The other fought in far away lands during a terrible world war many years ago and survived to come home and live out his life into old age.

    A poignant coincidence to be sure, but also a reminder that it is a good thing we do, to stand for such as these.

    God rest their souls.


    I went to High School with Mr. Sykes daughter Kandice (Kandy). We were in the same graduating class. I will be honored to stand in silent tribute to this great American World War II Veteran.


    Letter of appreciation received from Mr. Sykes daughter.


    You and several other members of the PGR honored my father (Jim Sykes). I wanted to pass along to you and the others how honored we were that you came to help us say good bye to a man who loved his country so much. I know he was proud when he saw you there, over the past few years he watched the TV reports and was proud of what you all stand for.

    My family was grateful and proud to have you all , we are sending photos for your site (via Vandewalle) and a donation has been made (via Murray) to help off set some of the cost and if you need anything feel free to ask, you will always have a place in our hearts for not only what you did for my dad but what you have and will do for all of our hero's.

    Thank you so much again for taking time from your lives to honor my father, You are our Hero's


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