Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Mr. T.A. Beard. Mr. Beard enlisted in the US Navy in 1944 after graduating from high school and served during WWII aboard the USS Suwannee. He was honorably discharged in May 1946 as a Petty Officer 2nd Class.
Much later in life he spoke some of his wartime experiences. He told of participating in the Battle of Leyte Gulf and seeing the glow of the Hiroshima bomb from the deck of his ship.
More about his life can be read here: https://www.phillipsandluckey.com/obituaries/T-A-Beard/#!/Obituary
Date/Time: Saturday, 20 March 2021. Funeral service begins at 2 pm.
Location: Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home – Rockdale, 1041 West Highway 79, Rockdale, TX 76567. We will stage at the funeral home.
Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/ve5QjCstxdoz8SJZ9
12:50 – 1:20 pm – Staging
1:20 pm – Briefing
1:30 pm – Flag line
Wx: A mainly sunny sky. High around 70F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.
Notes: Maintain social distancing protocols. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the LEO escorted procession to the Pleasant Retreat Cemetery south of Thorndale where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.
Ride Captain: Keith Brown, email@example.com, (512) 422-6310
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend to honor the selfless service of another from our greatest generation.