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    A typically warm summer afternoon for the 10 patriots who stood for Col Graves. It was a well attended service, and we received many appreciative comments from family and friends.

    Thank you again, Don, for doing a nice job of staking the flags in advance and leaving them in place for the fly over salute at the conclusion of the service.

    RIP, Col Lee Graves. May God receive you with open arms and bring comfort to your family.

    in reply to: Memorial Day commemoration, Granger, TX, 24 MAY 2021 #5963
    markwells
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    Riders, the rain has caused this event to be cancelled.

    markwells
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    Cool and sunny for the six patriots who stood for TSgt Miller. His son came by during our staging to thank us for honoring his father. We learned that his father was a Vietnam veteran as well.

    RIP TSgt Miller.

    markwells
    Keymaster

    It was a beautiful spring day for the seven patriots on hand to honor the US Navy service of Mr. Zrubek. We stood the flag line in front of the historic church and at attention as he was moved into the coach for the trip to the cemetery. We were moved when his wife spoke to us briefly.

    On the short procession to the cemetery we were met by the sight of probably 100 Atmos Energy service trucks lining both sides of the road with Mr. Zrubek’s compatriots standing next to them, hard hats over their hearts. What a stirring testament to his 27 years with the company and the respect and admiration he earned there.

    The graveside service was also one for the books, with traditional Czech musicians honoring him on euphonium, accordion, guitar, and an expertly played alphorn. (yes, had to look up the name of that). The accordion player also yodeled beautifully!

    We are so grateful to have been invited to participate in this mission. RIP, Darwin Zrubek. Gone too soon.

    markwells
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    markwells
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    Riders, we need a 4 motorcycles to accompany the procession from Ramsey Funeral Home in Georgetown to Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

    There is no LEO escort.

    Veteran: Dr. Thomas G. Beall, 95, US Navy/WWII veteran.  He entered the Navy in 1943 and served three years, leaving as a Petty Officer 3rd Class.  One of his sons is a veteran and motorcycle rider and will likely ride along to the cemetery.

    https://www.ramseyfuneral.com/obituary/thomas-beall

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 16 December 2020.  See timeline below

    Staging Location: Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633
    map link: https://goo.gl/maps/Q7knuupyUP72

    Timeline:
    1:30 – 1:50 pm – Staging
    1:50 pm – Briefing
    2 pm – KSU for the ride to CTSVC for a 3 pm interment service

    Wx: Sunny, high 54 deg F

    Notes: Wear your face covering and practice social distancing at the staging.  As there is not an LEO escort the procession will comply with traffic control devices.  We are NOT road guards do not perform law enforcement traffic control duties. Centex PGR will have a flag line at the cemetery.  Austin riders will enter the gate and pull to the side to allow the procession to proceed to the commitment shelter.  We will then depart.

    Ride Captain: TBD

    Please email me back if you can be part of this procession.  

    Thank you for all you do for our departed veterans and their families. 

    Mark Wells
    Deputy State Captain
    Austin Area Patriot Guard Riders
    512-470-0380

    markwells
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    Riders, back in August we participated in the ground breaking for a new house to be provided for US Army SGT Kristopher Biggs by Building Homes for Heroes, a charitable organization which provides custom-built homes to America’s wounded military heroes. That home is now complete, and the PGR has been invited to help welcome SGT Biggs and his family to their new home.

    SGT Biggs served for seven years in the military, including two tours in Iraq. During his second tour in Iraq in 2007, Sergeant Biggs was severely injured in an explosion that would eventually cost him a leg. While driving through a checkpoint on a mission, a nearby vehicle-borne explosive improvised device was detonated, setting off a blast that knocked Sergeant Biggs unconscious.

    Sergeant Biggs spent seven years trying to rehab and salvage his left leg before it was finally amputated by doctors in 2014. He has since become heavily involved in athletics, particularly adapted surfing, as a form of therapy.

    For his service to his country, Sergeant Biggs was awarded the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, USA/ USAF Pres Unit Citation, National Defense Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal w/ Campaign Star and the Combat Action Badge.

    Date/Time: Thursday, 17 December 2020. Dedication ceremony begins at 11:00 am

    Staging Location: The Den Wolf Ranch Amenity Center, 129 Canyon View Rd, Georgetown, TX 78628
    map link: https://goo.gl/maps/pJCfBF6zXZY3n7d9A

    Timeline:
    10:00 am – 10:40 am – Staging
    10:40 am – Briefing
    10:45 am – KSU for the short ride to the home site.

    Wx: High 61 deg, sunny

    Notes: Fly your big flags! Please wear your mask and follow social distancing protocol. Upon our arrival at the staging location we will have a chance to visit with the SGT Biggs and his family. We will then accompany him and his family in a short law enforcement escorted procession to the home where we will form a flag line for the approximate 30 minute ceremony.

    Ride Captain: Warren Longacre, longacre@austin.rr.com, (512) 755-4163
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    markwells
    Keymaster

    Nice turn out to honor Mr. Williams on a drizzly Saturday morning. We had 11 in the flag line, and with the flags Don posted in advance, it was a fine view of patriotism. It went on a bit longer than expected as the congregation milled around outside the funeral home well past the scheduled start of the service.

    Thanks again to Don Ferguson for bringing the flags and water. It was great to see Juan Gonzales at the mission, too.

    RIP, Mr. Willie L. Williams. Thank you for serving our country.

    markwells
    Keymaster

    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for Mr. Willie Leon Williams. Mr. Williams served four years in the US Army. Additional information about his military service is unavailable.

    More about his life can be read here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/georgetown-tx/willie-williams-9900351

    Date/Time: Saturday, 21 November 2020. Service begins at 11 am.

    Location: Cook Walden Funeral Home, 2900 Williams Dr, Georgetown, TX 78628. We will stage at the funeral home.
    Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/ECVgGcnp7M2oTLYS6

    Timeline:
    9:50 – 10:20 am – Staging
    10:20 am – Briefing
    10:30 am – Flag line

    Wx: High 78 F, partly cloudy

    Notes: This is a flag line only mission. All riders must wear a face covering in compliance with local health directives. Maintain social distancing protocols. After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.

    Ride Captain: Mark Wells, atxpgr@gmail.com, 512-470-0380
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this soldier's service to our nation.

    markwells
    Keymaster

    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for SGT Lucio Martinez Sanchez, Jr. SGT Sanchez enlisted in the US Army in 1974 and served 25 years total between active, national guard, and reserves. He was deployed to Vietnam, the Gulf War, and OIF.

    More about his life can be read here: https://www.mblfuneral.com/obituary/lucio-sanchez-jr

    Date/Time: Friday, 06 November 2020. Funeral at 2 pm.

    Location: Marek Burns Laywell Funeral Home, 2800 N Travis Ave, Cameron, TX 76520.
    Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/4nake56SmmhG2MnQA

    Timeline:
    12:45 – 1:15 pm – Staging
    1:15 pm – Briefing
    1:25 pm – Flag Line

    Austin area staging: For those wishing to ride out together:
    Shell Station (Food Basket), 3600 E University Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626. SW corner of SH130 & Hwy 29 on the east side of Georgetown.
    map link: https://goo.gl/maps/VNzWjg55XEMojdh16

    12:00 pm – Briefing
    12:05 pm – KSU for 1 hr ride to the funeral home.

    Wx: High 78 deg, partly cloudy.

    Notes: Bring water for yourself and a friend. Follow pandemic protocols including face covering. Be advised there is a visitation prior to the funeral service. Friends and family will be arriving during our staging period. After the start of the funeral we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the nearby cemetery where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Keith Brown, kbrownl1b@yahoo.com, (512) 422-6310
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor the long service of this soldier to our country.

    markwells
    Keymaster

    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for Mr. Glenn Hansford Walker, Sr. Mr. Walker served three years in the US Navy, entering in 1943 on his 19th birthday. He served 28 months at sea during WWII, leaving the service as a Gunner's Mate 3rd Class.

    More about his life can be read here when published: https://www.beckchapels.com/obituary/glenn-walker-sr

    Date/Time: Tuesday, 03 November 2020. Funeral at 2 pm.

    Location: Beck Funeral Home, 1700 E. Whitestone Blvd. Cedar Park, TX 78613. We will stage at the funeral home.
    Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/uUEiaM78twRPhepJ8

    Timeline:
    12:45 – 1:15 pm – Staging
    1:15 pm – Briefing
    1:25 pm – Flag Line

    Wx: High 78 deg, mostly sunny.

    Notes: Bring water for yourself and a friend. Follow pandemic protocols including face covering. Be advised that a visitation is taking place prior to the funeral service. Friends and family will be arriving during our staging period. After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the Cook Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville where we will have a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Keith Longacre, keithlongacre@att.net, (512) 751-8955
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Come out and honor the service of this sailor to our nation many years ago.

    markwells
    Keymaster

    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral service for MSG Charles Edward Lightfoot, Jr. MSG Lightfoot was drafted during the Vietnam war and elected to join the Army. He ended up making it a life-long career and retired as a Master Sergeant in December 2010. He did multiple tours throughout the world during his career.

    More about his life can be read here: https://www.ramseyfuneral.com/obituary/charles-lightfoot

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 28 October 2020. Funeral service begins at 10 am.

    Location: Ramsey Funeral Home, 5600 Williams Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633
    Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/Q7knuupyUP72

    Timeline:
    8:50 – 9:20 am – Staging
    9:20 am – Briefing
    9:30 am – Flag line

    Wx: High 56F. Winds NW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

    Notes: This is a flag line only mission. Cage it if weather dictates. All riders must wear a face covering in compliance with local health directives. Maintain social distancing protocols. After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart quietly.

    Ride Captain: Warren Longacre, longacre@austin.rr.com, (512) 755-4163
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please attend to honor this soldier's long and faithful service to our country.

    markwells
    Keymaster

    Confirmed mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for SFC Luciano S. Garcia. SFC Garcia served in the US Army for 22 years, 6 months, including deployment to Vietnam.

    His many commendations and awards include the Purple Heart (1st OLC), Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (1st OLC), Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal (6th Award), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (4 Bronze Stars), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation With Palm, Overseas Service Bars (2), Driver and Mechanic Badge, Driver- W Driver and Mechanic Badge, Overseas Service Ribbon (3rd award), NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Advance Level), Army Service Ribbon, M-16 Rifle Qualification, Marksman Qualification Badge, and Expert Qualification Badge

    More about his life can be read here: https://www.thomasonfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Luciano-S-Garcia?obId=18665020#/obituaryInfo

    Date/Time: Friday, 23 October 2020. Funeral mass begins at 10 am.

    Location: St. Anthony Marie de Claret, 801 Burleson St, Kyle, TX 78640. We will stage at the church.
    map link: https://goo.gl/maps/Ku7dNQ3ThiHwwX3k6

    Timeline:
    8:45 – 9:15 am – Staging
    9:15 am – Briefing
    9:25 am – Flag line

    Wx: Hi 87, partly cloudy

    Notes: Bring water for yourself and for a friend. Mind social distancing protocol, including face coverings. After the start of the funeral service we will strike the flag line and standby to join the LEO escorted procession to the San Marcos Cemetery where we will have a second flag line for the burial service.

    Ride Captain: Jim Callison, hotp2t@yahoo.com, (907) 321-3854
    Flag Wrangler: Max Vasquez

    Please attend to show honor and gratitude for this soldier's long service to our nation.

    markwells
    Keymaster

    Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and burial services for MSgt Gilbert S. Newfield. MSgt Newfield entered the US Marine Corps in 1961 and served 20 years. He is a charter member of the Williamson County Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

    His obituary can be found here once posted: https://www.beckchapels.com/obituary/gilbert-newfield

    Date/Time: Wednesday, 21 October 2020. Funeral begins at 10 am.

    Location: Beck Funeral Home, 15709 Ranch Rd 620 N., Austin. Texas 78717. We will stage at the funeral home.
    map link:https://goo.gl/maps/1TWJmJ9BVP42

    Timeline:
    8:50 – 9:20 am Staging
    9:20 am – Briefing
    9:30 am – Flag Line

    Wx: Hi 86 deg. Partly cloudy

    Notes: Mind social distancing protocol. Following the start of the funeral we will strike the flag line and stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the Palm Valley Cemetery in Round Rock where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.

    Ride Captain: Russ Miller, navyvetad2@gmail.com, (512) 636-9692
    Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

    Please make plans to honor this veteran's long and faithful service to our nation.

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