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July 31, 2021 at 1:34 pm in reply to: Paul F. Dix, 93, US Navy/WWII veteran, Georgetown, TX, 19 Jun 2021 #6013
11 Patriot Guard members attended the memorial service for Mr. Dix. The very hot weather was a challenge for a couple of members but they stuck to it. Thanks for those that attended, very good showing.July 31, 2021 at 1:33 pm in reply to: Paul F. Dix, 93, US Navy/WWII veteran, Georgetown, TX, 19 Jun 2021 #6012
11 Patriot Guard members attended the memorial service for Mr. Dix. The very hot weather was a challenge for a couple of members but they stuck to it. Thanks for those that attended, very good showing.July 11, 2021 at 3:20 pm in reply to: Hershel H. King, 47, USMC veteran, Leander, TX, 11 July 2021 #5991
We had seven riders today to honor the service of LCpl King. Family friend and PGR rider Pat from Iowa was down for the weekend and stood the line with us.
Keith Longacre & Matt Kappel folded and presented the flag to LCpl King’s mother. Live taps was provided by a bugler from Bugles Across America. There was a large turnout of friends and family.
Thank you Don for posting the flags in advance, they worked out great.
RIP, Mr. Hershel Heath King. Thank you for your service.June 27, 2021 at 12:27 pm in reply to: MSG George Gott, 85, USAF (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Round Mountain, TX, 26 Jun 2021 #5980
Posted on behalf of RC Warren Longacre whose computer is in the shop.
We had 12 patriots standing to honor MSG George Gott. It was a warm day, but thankfully we had some clouds and a breeze to keep us comfortable. Nicki posted flags at the cemetery in advance, and the rest of us road the short distance from the staging to the cemetery and formed our flag line about 10 minutes prior to the start of the service.
There was a substantial turnout of friends and family. The USAF honor guard did a fine job as always, and MSG Gott’s sons shared some funny and poignant stories about their dad. You’ll enjoy reading his obituary.
We welcomed new rider (new to us, anyway) Bob Watson. Thanks to all who took time out of their Saturday to honor this long serving USAF veteran.
RIP, MSG George GottJune 12, 2021 at 4:03 pm in reply to: Col Henry Lee Graves, Jr., 75, USAF (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Round Rock, TX, 12 Jun 2021 #5969
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.May 24, 2021 at 6:53 am in reply to: Memorial Day commemoration, Granger, TX, 24 MAY 2021 #5963
Riders, the rain has caused this event to be cancelled.April 1, 2021 at 1:24 pm in reply to: TSgt Elmer D. Miller, 85, USAF (Ret), Pflugerville, TX, 01 APR 2021 #5943
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.March 23, 2021 at 4:16 pm in reply to: Darwin D. Zrubek, 50, US Navy veteran, Granger, TX, 23 MAR 2021 #5936
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.March 19, 2021 at 8:39 am in reply to: Short Notice, McKinley Mayfield, III, 66, US Army, Austin, TX, 19 MAR 2021 #5933
bumpMarch 19, 2021 at 8:39 am in reply to: T.A. Beard, 95, US Navy/WWII veteran, Rockdale, TX, 20 MAR 2021 #5932
BumpDecember 14, 2020 at 9:20 pm in reply to: Escort For Dr. Thomas G. Beall, 95, US Navy/WWII Veteran, Georgetown-CTSVC, 16 DEC 2020 #5596
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.
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
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.
Deputy State Captain
Austin Area Patriot Guard Riders
512-470-0380December 6, 2020 at 8:44 pm in reply to: Home Dedication for Army SGT Kristopher Biggs, Georgetown, TX, 17 DEC 2020 #5595
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
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, email@example.com, (512) 755-4163
Flag Wrangler: Don FergusonNovember 21, 2020 at 8:23 pm in reply to: Willie Leon Williams, 64, US Army veteran, Georgetown, TX, 21 NOV 2020 #5594
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.November 20, 2020 at 1:33 am in reply to: Willie Leon Williams, 64, US Army veteran, Georgetown, TX, 21 NOV 2020 #5593
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-470-0380
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend to honor this soldier's service to our nation.November 5, 2020 at 3:37 pm in reply to: SGT Lucio M. Sanchez, Jr., 68, US Army (Ret), Cameron, TX, 06 NOV 2020 #5591
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
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, email@example.com, (512) 422-6310
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson
Please attend to honor the long service of this soldier to our country.