Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for LtCol Martin Dourte, a 20 year veteran of the USAF. As a pilot he was proficient in numerous military aircraft and flew missions across the globe, becoming highly decorated and earning awards such as Airman of the Year.
1:00 – 1:20 pm – Staging
1:20 pm – Briefing
1:30 pm – Flag Line
Notes: Be advised there is a visitation prior to the funeral service. Friends and family will be arriving during our staging period. After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.
9 riders stood proud for LtCol Dourte. Family made a special request & we were honored to accommodate. Prior to the service, his remains were placed on WL’s trike. Then both daughters went 2 up on his & my bike with Tom in escort & we proceeded to provide a last ride. Upon return, the ern was received by the Air Force Honor Guard & moved inside for his memorial service. Then, as we stood at attention, a rifle volley was done followed by taps & flag folding. We then fired up all bikes for a last rev.
The ride part was a first for us and judging from the family’s reaction, it meant a great deal to everyone. We wear a patch ( Semper Gumby ) always flexible, & this was a very special use of that capability.
Thanks everyone for making a sad time for family a very very special & remembrance time. U all are super.
“To the world U might be one person, but to one person, U just might be the world”