Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Maj. Raymond Douglas (Doug) Nolen. Maj Nolen served active duty in the US Army for 20 years, 1966 – 1986, including two Vietnam tours. He continued to serve the armed forces after his military retirement.
2:00 – 2:20 pm – Staging
2:20 pm – Briefing
2:30 pm – Flag Line
Wx: High 99 deg, sunny.
Notes: It’s going to be unseasonably HOT. Stay hydrated. Be advised that a visitation is taking place 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.
Nine Patriot Guard members were present to honor Major Nolan on a very hot day. Don had flags strategically placed in front of the funeral home. An interesting side note, a member of the Combat Veteran motorcycle group and his significant other attended the memorial service. When they rode up to us on their motorcycles I asked if they were joining us. They didn’t and they were there at the request of the Alabama State Ride Captain of the Combat Vet’s because he had served with Major Nolan; thought that was kind of cool. The family was very appreciative of us being there to honor their loved one and all came out and shook our hands.