Robert C. "Bert" Smith, 70, US Army veteran, Austin, TX, 27 JUL 20

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    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Mr. Robert Cantrell Smith. Mr. Smith served in the US Army in the 82nd Airborne from 1968 to 1972. He left the service as a corporal.

    More about his life can be read here:

    Date/Time: Monday, 27 July 2020. Funeral service begins at 11 am.

    Location: Mission Funeral Home Serenity Chapel, 6204 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745
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    9:45 – 10:20 am – Staging
    10:20 am – Briefing
    10:30 am – Flagline

    Wx: Hi 91 deg, 50% rain chance.

    Notes: Bring water for yourself and a friend. All riders must wear a face covering in compliance with local health directives. Maintain social distancing protocols. Following the start of the church service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession for the 10 minute ride to Onion Creek Memorial Park cemetery. We will NOT have a flag line at the cemetery due to COVID attendance restrictions.

    Ride Captain: Jim Callison,, (907) 321-3854
    Flag Wrangler: Max Vasquez

    Please attend to show honor and gratitude for this soldier's service to our country.


    A total of 6 Patriots stood tall in honor of Robert "Bert" Smith today. Bert served in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1968 to 1972 and left the service as a corporal. Luckily for us, our 6-man flag-line fit perfectly inside the shaded and much cooler portico leading to the main door of the funeral home. There were many compliments and "thank you's" given to all of us from family and friends of Bert before and after the service. We stood down during the memorial service and then reformed in the portico awhile later to render honors as the casket was loaded into the hearse. Along with three APD motor units, a total of five bikes then safely escorted the hearse from the funeral home to Bert's final resting place at Onion Creek Memorial Cemetery. I thank all of you for taking the time out of your day to honor this gentleman. RIP and Godspeed Bert and thank you for your service!

    Jim Callison – R/C

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