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February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #655January 31, 2012 at 3:18 pm #3582
The Family of Louie "Leon" Hardin, USMC Korean War Vet, has invited the PGR to attend his services.
Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 2012. Graveside service at 1PM, Fairview Cemetary,1409 Hwy 95N.
Location: We will stage at the HEB Grocery store on Hasler St. in Bastrop. From Hwy.71, take Hasler-Childers exit and turn left(north).
11:45 am – 12:15 pm staging
12:15 pm briefing.
Wx: Sunny, Low 58, high 75 deg.
Notes: Please arrive fed, fueled, and hydrated. This will be a Flagline only at the Graveside service.
Ride Captain: Keith Longacre, 512-751-8955, firstname.lastname@example.org
Flag Wrangler: TBDFebruary 2, 2012 at 10:44 pm #3587keithlongacreModerator
AFTER MISSION REPORT;
Today was one of those missions that exemplfies the importance of what we do. The family, lots of vets, was so graphful that we were there to help them honor Mr Hardin.
A special thanks to Frank (scotter) for securing the elastic ban that secures the flag on the casket for the ride to the cemetery. Mr. Hardin was to go to his final resting place in the bed of his p/u but w/o a tie down , the flag would have had to be removed. When I informed Miss Ruby, ( Mr. Hardin's sister) that the PGR had that taken care of, she gave me the biggest most amazing hug you can imagin. It was a very emotional moment.
2nd story. Smithville honor guard was not able to attend due to sickness so the family called Quantico Marine Base & was informed that Camp Mabry Marine Reserve unit would be sent only to be notified they too could not make it. They again contacted Quantico & the Marines there told her not to worry, that they would send 4 Marines from there to render proper honers. Talk about a show of respect.
Two family members asked to double up with us to show their respect & we complied. It was a ride I'm sure they will not forget as every single approching car pulled over as we rode by. As the 5 flag bikes entered the cemetery, the rest of the PGR had lined the road with their bikes & 10' flags. Quite impressive. At the conclusion of the service, the family walked the line & hugged & thanked us. They were (ARE) so very great.
I have been truly blessed to have had the privillage of RC'ing this mission. Thanks to all riders & flag wrangler Bobby for helping this family during there time of need. You have done good loyal & faithfully servants. GOD BLESS OUR VETS & OTHER PATRIOTS.
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