Confirmed mission: The director of Affordable Burial & Cremation Service in Killeen has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to participate in the funeral service for Mr. Richard Anderson. Mr. Anderson served in the US Navy from 1996 to 2002 and has no next-of-kin. The PGR will be his family for his final journey on this earth.
Date/Time: Thursday, 10 November 2016. The Austin portion of this mission is a procession from Austin to CTSVC in Killeen.
8:45 am – 9:15 am Staging
9:15 am – Briefing
9:30 am KSU for the approx. 1 hr ride to Killeen
Wx: Hi 71 deg, partly cloudy
Notes: Arrive fed, hydrated, and fully fueled. Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. This is a law enforcement escorted procession to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen for a 11 am graveside service. We will fall under the direction of the Centex PGR ride captain upon arrival at the cemetery.
The rain stopped, the sun appeared, and the air was nice and cool for the Ride to CTSVC this morning. 17 bikes and a 1956 Cadillac Hearse with our brother veteran were surrounded by about 18 police motor units (APD/TCSO) and 4 car units to get us safely on our way. Wilco and Bell county picked us up on the north side of Georgetown and took us to the cemetery.
We were the family for our brother veteran today, and assisted by providing Pall Bearers to the shelter, and on request and without prior notice, one of our Ride Captains, Keith Longacre, stepped up to deliver some words of consolation and prayer to those in attendance, and did a great job. Thanks Keith!
Thanks to all for attending and showing great respect to Richard Anderson.
Thanks to Centex PGR for handling the cemetery duties with their well known professionalism!