Confirmed Mission: The family of Mr. Kenneth William Howard, Sr. has as invited the Patriot Guard Riders to participate in his funeral & interment services. Mr. Howard served in the US Air Force from 1969 – 1973 and was deployed to Vietnam. He then served in the US Army Reserves from 1974 – 1978. He was discharged as a Sergeant.
9:00 – 9:20 am – Staging
9:20 am – Briefing
9:30 am – Flag line
Wx: High 82 deg F, cloudy & windy
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 burial site where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.
Eight Patriot Guard members were available to stand the flag line on a windy, cloudy day. Once the service for SGT Howard commenced we broke down the flag line and waited by the grave site for the remainder of the mission. The service apparently lasted an hour and and fifteen minutes as the funeral precession did not arrive at the grave site until 1130 Hrs. Because of the time lapse we lost 3 members due to time constraints. Five of us manned the flags for the burial service and military honors and also maintained the flag line as the casket was moved from the memorial location to the actual burial site. The family wanted to observe the casket being lowered and we waited an extra ten minutes for a cemetery crew to show up to no avail. We then broke down the flag line a quietly departed.