Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Mr. Michael (Mike) Walter Hyde. Mr. Hyde served in the US Army and US Army Reserves from 1967 to 1972, including a year in Vietnam. He left the service as a 1st Lieutenant.
12:50 – 1:20 pm – Staging
1:20 pm – Briefing
1:30 pm – Flag line
Wx: High 100 deg. mostly sunny.
Notes: It's going to be hot! Sunscreen recommended. Bring water for yourself and a friend. This is a flag line only at the funeral home. Following the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly. The family has requested a few big flag bikes to accompany them following the funeral service to the Liberty Hill Cemetery. This is NOT a law enforcement escorted procession.
Ride Captain: Jim Callison, firstname.lastname@example.org, (907) 321-3854
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please make an effort to honor this Vietnam veteran's brave service to our nation.
It was a mighty hot one today but we had a nice turnout of 12 & 1/2 AUS/PGR members standing tall for Mr. Micheal (Mike) Hyde, US Army Veteran. I say 1/2 because my 7 year-old granddaughter Lauren was in attendance with us, handing out cold water and standing for a short while on the flag line.
Don set up a number of extra flags to accompany our flag-line members and the visual was beautiful. One woman in particular stopped in her tracks to exclaim how beautiful it looked. A number of people walking in to the service voiced their thanks to us for being there and for what we do. My thanks to all of you who took time out of your day to honor Mike Hyde and please know you do make a difference!