SPC Noelle Pagliaro, 22, US Army, Austin, TX, 02 APR 2010

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    Final Itinerary – Funeral and Interment

    The family of SPC Noelle Pagliaro has invited the PGR to participate in her funeral and interment services. SGT Pagliaro passed away recently after having returned from a deployment.

    Date/Time: Friday, 2 April 2010. Funeral service scheduled for 3:30 pm, with interment following at the adjacent cemetery.

    Location: Cook Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home, 6300 West William Cannon Drive, Austin, TX. We will stage at the funeral home.

    Directions: From southbound Mopac (Loop 1), exit to westbound 290/71. Travel 2.5 miles to William Cannon Dr., turn left (south), funeral home is the next left. Map link: tinyurl.com/CookWaldenForestOaks

    2:15 – 2:45 pm staging
    2:45 pm briefing/flagline

    Wx: Overcast, low 67, high of 76, 50% rain chance. Bring two bottles of drinking water.

    Notes: We will form a flag line prior to the start of the funeral and again for the interment service. The burial site is adjacent to the funeral home; as a result there will be no riding procession.

    Ride Captain: Juan Gonzales, JCGonz13@yahoo,com, 512-466-8968
    Flag Wrangler: Bob Binkley

    Please make plans to stand tall and silent in honor of SPC Pagliaro's service to our nation.


    Thanks to all that came today to honor SPC Pagliaro, great turnout.
    I personally am very proud to be part of so many awesome people. Thank you never seems to be enough.
    You do make a difference.


    Specialist Noelle Pagliaro (May 1987 – March 2010) was brought to her final resting place this afternoon in Austin. The Patriot Guard Riders were honored with a request to stand in honor of Noelle's service to her country.

    We stood in formation on Good Friday, this symbol of man's greatest sacrifice, outside the funeral home as her family and guests arrived along with about 15 active duty soldiers, all come to say their good-byes to a woman much too young to be leaving this earth.

    The afternoon traffic at one of the busiest intersections in Austin rumbled and hissed as the world went about its business, mostly unaware of the services being held just a few feet from the intersection of William Cannon and Highway 290, but we stood in a flag line as the funeral home filled and we waited for the last to arrive while the clouds gathered and huge raindrops began to fall.

    We stood quietly while the service concluded and then we marched with flags to the graveside. Noelle's family sat under the swaying trees, mute with sorrow and loss while the impossibly young honor guard fired their weapons and blew Taps one last time for Noelle.

    The family and friends paid their final respects to Noelle and we marched solemnly back to our motorcycles and furled our flags.

    I suppose we mostly go about our lives oblivious to the pain and sorrow around us and I understand it. We lead busy lives and have our own concerns and no one can be expected to know the quiet desperation of those around us, but the next time you see a soldier, take a second to shake his or her hand and offer a thanks for their service. If you are a soldier or a veteran, thank you again for your service.
    I caught one last glimpse of Noelle's family as I left the funeral home. They were still clearly at a loss for how to fit Noelle's death into their consciousness. I offered them one final wave and sent a final wish for Noelle to be at rest for all of eternity as I drove away under the clearing sky.

    Welcome home soldier. Thank you for your service.

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