Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Wayne Elton Esping. Mr. Esping served in the US Navy from 1966 – 1969, including three tours to Vietnam. He left the service as a Yeoman Third Class.
9:00 – 9:20 am – Staging
9:20 am – Briefing
9:30 am – Flag Line
Wx: Chance of showers in the morning with some clearing in the afternoon. High 87F. Chance of rain 40%.
Notes: After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and standby to join the procession to the nearby Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery where we will form a second flag line for the interment services. Semper Gumby regarding the weather which may limit us to the flag line prior to the funeral service.
Ride Captain: Mark Wells, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-470-0380
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend this mission in gratitude for this sailor’s brave service to our nation.
Big turnout today to honor Mr. Esping’s US Navy service. We had 20 in the flag line at the church and cemetery, and 46 bikes on the short ride between the two. I was happy to hand out first mission pins to many riders. A huge thank you to Beth Borkosky with the United Clubs of Austin for getting the word out to the various biker groups and clubs represented today.
The family was understandably moved by this tribute. All went smoothly, and the rain held off for the 3 hour duration of the mission. Thanks to Don Ferguson for once again bringing flags, water, and posting static flags at the church and cemetery in advance.
RIP, Yeoman Wayne E. Esping. Fair winds and following seas.