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    A fun mission today for the nine PGR who participated in wishing Mr. Bartolini a Happy Birthday. We didn’t have the expected LEO escort, but no matter, traffic was very light on the route. When we pulled up to his house he was seated at a table outside with balloons and other family and friends around. He told us some stories from his time in the service, which he said was “the best 20 years of my life”. He did top secret work on nuclear guided missile development.

    We sang happy birthday and did a final drive by on our way out. Great to meet you, Alfredo!

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    We had four PGR at the cemetery to honor Mr. Russo’s service. Don did a great job as usual posting flags in advance at the gravesite. Two uniformed Marine’s folded and presented the flag, and a bugler from Bugles Across America sounded live taps. It was nice to hear compared to the prerecorded version.

    Thank you to those who attended today. RIP, Marine.

    in reply to: Field of Honor Opening Ceremony, Georgetown, TX, 07 NOV 2021 #6188
    markwells
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    A beautiful day to participate in this patriotic celebration of our veterans. We kicked off the parade following a sheriff dept vehicle with lights and sirens going. Once parked at the field, the 14 PGR opened the ceremony by carrying the 28 historic US Flags one by one to its location on the field.

    Thank you to all who enjoyed this fun event.

    markwells
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    The poet Robert Burns said it best. Best laid plans…
    The travelling wall truck was significantly delayed coming out of Tyler, and we had to scrub the mission. Thank you to the riders and all the law enforcement help from the Wilco SO and Georgetown PD who were on hand.
    The trailer is supposed to arrive this evening, so come out tomorrow morning to help assemble the wall.

    markwells
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    What a wonderful get together to remember Paige at his home in Sun City. There was quite a crowd there when the 15 of us arrived by bike and cages. We enjoyed meeting Paige’s wife Kay and many of his friends from recent and way-back times.

    Turns out Kay and Paige used to ride motorcycles (Kay on her own BMW) all over the US and would even fly to Europe and rent bikes for some legendary touring. Fun!

    So long, Paige, thank you for serving our country and sharing the flag line with us.

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    markwells
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    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.

    markwells
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    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.

    markwells
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    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.

    markwells
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    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 Gott

    markwells
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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
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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
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    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.

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