February 5, 2009 at 12:34 pm #174May 18, 2009 at 9:47 pm #1876
The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Austin chapter, is holding a Salute to Veterans picnic in Driftwood, TX this coming Saturday.
A part of the day's events will be a portrait presentation by Phil Taylor of the American Fallen Soldier's Project to the parents of Sgt 1st Class Nathan Ross Chapman. Sgt Chapman, of San Antonio, was a Green Beret and the first American killed in the war in Afghanistan. He was KIA on 04 Jan 2002 and left behind a wife and two young children.
The event organizers have invited the PGR to participate. You may recall that we participated in two other such portrait presentations at the State Capitol. In this case, however, there will be Elgin sausage, catfish, side dishes, and dessert served! Here are the details:
Date: Saturday, 23 May 2009
Location: Driftwood, TX, 10:00 am
Staging: The old Albertson’s parking lot just southwest of the “Y” in Oak Hill.
Staging time: Briefing at 0900, KSU at 0915 for the approx. 12 mi ride to the picnic location.
Directions: From Austin take 290 W just past the 290/71 "Y" in Oak Hill. Turn right into the parking lot. There's a Jim's Restaurant there as well.
Notes: Lunch is provided by our gracious hosts as noted above.
Wx: High 92 F, Lo 66 F, Partly Cloudy.
Ride Captain: Steve von Roeder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-466-5769May 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm #1888
I think the parking lot is in the "crotch" of the "Y", so guess we should say "west of the Y". That whole area can make you crazy at the wrong time of day.May 22, 2009 at 2:16 pm #1893
I hope we have a good turn out. The Mancahca Vol Fire dept will be cooking the catfish. There will be live music after the ceremony. A couple of antique cars, some WWII vehicles and weapons (happiness is a belt-fed weapon). In addition Jay Kimbrough ( Gov Perry's chief of staff) will ride a custom Medal of Honor bike. We will have a flag line to honor the WWII veterans. As well as the portrait presentation.May 26, 2009 at 1:29 pm #1911
Well, we had a dozen bikes and it turned out to be just right. Thanks to all who came .. the Purple Heart folks were delighted that we could come and be part of the event. Gold Star familes and WWII veterans. Kyle sisters sang the National Anthem .. !! the portrait was awesome. the catfish was excellent. Oh yeah and yes Vicky all the missions are just like this one.June 5, 2009 at 12:37 pm #1941
medspec, I was glad myself and my wife were able to be a part of this mission
was not even aware my own family was going to be there,my family had lost
LCP. Nichlos Samuel Perez in Irag ,his parents were there very good to see them
supporting all the other families.
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