Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Robert Charles Worlds, Sr. Mr. Worlds served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968. He left the service as an Spec E4.
9:50 – 10:20 am – Staging
10:20 am – Briefing
10:30 am – Flag line
Wx: Hi 98 deg, partly cloudy
Notes: Bring water for yourself and for a friend. Sunscreen recommended. Following the funeral service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the nearby Evergreen Cemetery where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.
Clouds partially blocked the sun giving us some relief as the 6 of us stood to honor Mr. World. His brother chatted awhile thanking us for being there. This was one of the largest turn outs we've seen for a veteran. The service lasted about an hour & a half. The FD & I discussed the position of everyone for the procession but no mention was made by him that the coach would be leaving early. When it suddenly left we were caught off guard. LEO's told us he was going ahead to switch the casket from the coach to a horse drawn caisson for the short ride to the internment site. We then re positioned at the cemetery where it was decided to quietly depart.
Don did his usually great job of pre staging 7 flags which really helped the visual. It was a long day & I really thank you patriots for showing up for Mr. World & his family.