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April 10, 2021 at 4:10 pm in reply to: TSgt Donald L. Heckman, 88, USAF (Ret), Georgetown, TX, 10 APR 2021 #5946
On a refreshingly cool morning, 8 members stood proudly for Mr. Heckman & his wife & family. In speaking with Mr. Ramsey of the FH, he related how the wife personally requested the PGR far ahead of time. Mrs. Hechman, it was our total honor to stand for your husband. Thank you for allowing us to be with all of you today.
Keith Longacre, Ride Captain of the Austin Area PGR.March 11, 2021 at 7:30 pm in reply to: Gerald L. Jones, 72, US Navy/Vietnam veteran, Georgetown, TX, 11 MAR 2021 #5914
As family & friends gathered to say goodbye to Gerald, 9 Austin Area PGR stood a flag line to honor him & his family. Many stopped by to tell us how much it meant to them that we were doing what we were doing. Even a total stranger stopped when he saw our flags. The emotion in his voice while telling us how much it meant to him to see such a super patriotic display of flags was very touching to us. Love of country, flag & America is alive & well in Georgetown.
After the service, we joined an LEO escort to Capital Parks cemetery in Pflugerville where we again formed a flag line. At the conclusion of Military honors & a pastoral message, we returned to our bikes & preformed a “Last Rev” because Gerald was also a rider. I’m sure he must of heard the roar of our engines.
A big thank U to all who honored this veteran in this special way.
Rest in eternal peace Sir.November 4, 2020 at 7:20 pm in reply to: Glenn H. Walker, Sr, 96, US Navy/WWII veteran, Cedar Park, TX, 03 NOV 2020 #5590
Today was election day and 10 patriots showed up to show their respect for this WW II veteran who helped ensure we could continue to be free. Thank U Mr. Walker for being there when our nation called. Glen's son & many others took the time to thank everyone of us. It was truly our honor.
Other than a mishap between 2 of the cycles while parking, the day was again special.October 6, 2020 at 11:08 pm in reply to: Justin "Corbin" Hunt, 51, Austin Firefighter, Austin, TX, 06 OCT 2020 #5577
When KB asked for the PGR, there was no hesitation. 11 of us plus KB arrived to show our respect. Once it was established which entrance was to be used, we formed a flag line all along the front on the outside of the driveway under the portico. Literally hundreds of firefighters in uniform with several walking our line to thank us.
2 new riders to AUSPGR stood with us. One from Fredericksburg & the other a retired Austin Firefighter. I know we will see U again. Thanks everyone for the gift of your presents & the show of respect.September 29, 2020 at 8:41 pm in reply to: Jonathan David Rubio, 27, USAF veteran, Austin, TX, 28 SEP 2020 #5573
All missions are special BUT this one is extra special because of what happen to this young veteran. Shot & murdered just 8 days after being discharged. We don't know all the details but needless to say, we all grieve for & pray for the family
It was truly an honor for all of us to be a part of Jonathan's memorial. Along with several members of the Patriot Guard Riders there was also a large contingent of riders from the US VETERANS MC club who not only stood 2 flag lines & an escort but took the time to approach the casket to render honors at the end of the service. Many people don't understand what we riding patriots do, but it goes without saying, the families of these fallen heroes do.
Thanks to Flag Wrangler Don for the extra flags staged at the church & the cemetery. That really helps show everyone that a hero patriot is being honored. I am blessed to be a part of such a fine group of American Patriots. Thanks to everyone who attended.
Submitted by Keith Longacre on behalf of Keith Brown who had an emergency.September 1, 2020 at 3:48 am in reply to: Angel Zavala, 98, WWII US Army veteran, Taylor, TX, 31 AUG 2020 #5563
The weather may have been hot today, but 8 super patriots stood a flag line in front of the church for My Zavala & his family. The clouds & wind sure did help. We then relocated to the cemetery & stood another flag line for the interment. The letter above is why what we do is so important. Thank U all so much. RIP Sir.June 7, 2020 at 6:54 pm in reply to: Birthday, CMSgt Robert Sanchez, 99, USAF (Ret), WWII, Korea, Vietnam vet, Round Rock, TX, 07 JUN 202 #5527
What an absolutely amazing event. Over 70 riders showed up to ride in honor of Mr. Sanchez. As he stood up, we rode 3 abreast past him all the while honking horns & revering our motors. It was quite a a scene. Behind us came a fire truck, police cars, a corvette club, many many decorated vehicles. We went to the end of the street, turned around came back down the other side of the street & parked. There were many presentations including one from the French Consulate. I also presented a PGR card signed by over 70 of us.
HAPPY 100TH MR SANCHEZ & God Bless U for your service.April 28, 2020 at 9:02 pm in reply to: Airport Recovery, Hunter Biehle, 22, Active Duty US Navy, 27 APR 2020 #5515
After a long 2 month Stand Down, we finally got back in the saddle. And what a mission to be the 1st. We limited ourselves to just 7 flag bikes because of covid-19 & that also allow us to be a part of the on site airport recovery. The hour long ride was a tear jerker ride, seeing the little groups of people standing along side the road, many holding flags and a lot of older, presumably former military codgers (like some of us) standing at attention and holding a salute for the entire procession. Young, old, black, white and brown all represented, the way it should be. Interesting seeing trucks parked in the middle of a hay field with no one else close by except the Mom and Pop with their flags. It was a pretty moving ride.
It was a good mission and I am glad we were there. It was definitely one to remember. Having all big flag bikes was good. It looked great.
Thanks to Soup & Ralph for adding their thoughts to this After Mission Report.
May the God who watches over all of us be with Hunter's family as they go through this time.March 14, 2020 at 3:35 am in reply to: Burrell Williams Sr., 91, US Army/Vietnam veteran, Austin, TX, 13 MAR 2020 #5509
The church overflowed as 9 of us stood in honor of "Sarge". Along with the regulars, new PGR member Patie Pyle joined with us today. Welcome aboard,n glad to have U with us. Thanks to Max who fought heavy traffic to deliver us flags all the way from San Marcos.
super job everyone.March 10, 2020 at 7:56 pm in reply to: Very Short Notice, Joseph W. Wolf Jr., 94, US Navy/WWII/Korea veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 10 MAR 2020 #5506
On one of the shortest notices ever, 8 patriots still managed to get there and stand in the flag line for Mr. Wolf. In addition, 5 of us were recruited to be pall bearers. It shows once again why it is so important for us to be there. thank U guys.February 24, 2020 at 9:51 pm in reply to: MSG Roy Sharp, 81, US Army (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Georgetown, TX 24 FEB 2020 #5500
The term Semper Gumby came into play again today as 14 fellow patriots stood in honor & respect for MSG Sharp & his family. Flags were staked at the main entrance & driveway but we were informed that the the service was to be held in the Chapel not the Sanctuary but the family would be entering by way of the main entrance. When they did not show, we moved to the other side of the building to the Chapel entrance. Turns out. they came to the Chapel entrance instead. Shortly after the start of the service, the family & friends came outside. for the presentation of the rifle volley & taps. After they all returned inside, we departed quietly.
Thanks again to a super job by Flag Wrangler, Don. And Welcome to new member Butch. Thanks also to SC. PGR member, John who took time out of his vacation. Another big thanks goes to Page & Don for staying on the main side just in case.
You all are super for helping families get through this time in their lives.January 14, 2020 at 7:11 pm in reply to: LaMarquis Jerrell Thomas, 28, US Army veteran, Austin, TX, 14 JAN 2020 #5480
On a foggy, misty, dreary morning, 7 members stood a flag line for Mr. Thomas & his family & friends. Many stopped to personally thank us for honoring their loved one with such a patriotic jester. Thanks to all that attended & to Don for staging flags ahead of time. Walt was our lone rider.December 21, 2019 at 8:20 pm in reply to: Austin Staging, SGT James Gregory Johnston, 24, US Army, KIA Afghanistan, Killeen, TX, 20 DEC 2019 #5474
22 PGR stood the flag line plus several independent riders attending the service. A large contingent of active duty soldiers also attended. An Army Chaplin preformed the service. Afterwards, SSgt Johnson's urn was taken to a ground site for interment.December 5, 2019 at 7:46 pm in reply to: Austin Staging, CW2 David Charles Knadle, 33, US Army, KIA Afghanistan, Temple, TX, 05 DEC 2019 #5470
In the early morning hours today, a great group of 9 patriots gathered at the GT Whataburger to stage for the ride to Temple. After our fill of good food & SENIOR coffee, we rode the 40 miles to Temple where we met up with another group of patriots & discovered 3 more APGR for a total of 12. Adding in CENTEX riders, I make the count about 22 standing tall & proud to honor CW2 Knadle & his family. Several hundred attended his service. Military honors were rendered at the end of the service.
Thanks to all of you for your dedication to serve in this special way. U are awesome.November 14, 2019 at 7:52 pm in reply to: John Reyes Canava, 67, USMC/Vietnam veteran, Bartlett, TX 14 NOV 2019 #5457
In the midst of a cold mist, 8 patriots stood tall & silent as the family walked by stopping to thank each of us personally for honoring their Marine in such a special way. As always, it is our honor to be there & we truly appreciate being invited.
A great big thanks to Nicki & Soup who came all the way from Spicewood to supply flags for us.
With the FD advising that it would be hard keeping everyone together in the procession w/o LEOs & considering the weather, escort was cancelled.