Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the memorial service for LtCol Stephen Folan. LtCol Folan was commissioned into the United States Marine Corps in 1975. He became Company Commander of Company C, 1st Tank Battalion, and deployed to Okinawa, Japan. He would also serve as a Marine Corps liaison to the House of Representatives. He served for 20 years.
2:50 – 3:20 pm – Staging
3:20 pm – Briefing
3:30 pm – Flag line
Wx: High 96 F. mostly sunny.
Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. This is a flag line only for the funeral service. At the conclusion of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly. LtCol Folan will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In spite of the short notice, 11 members braved the heat & stood tall & silent for Lt. Col. Folan. His wife & sons stopped at our briefing to tell us how much it meant to them that we were there. She told of how the PGR stood in the rain at her father's funeral, also a career Marine.
We did have an overheating issue in the flag line & we sent him inside to recover. After lots of water & cooling off, he was able to get back to his truck & return home.
This incredible group of patriots never stops amazing me & in so doing, never stops helping families get through their time of loss.