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January 3, 2023 at 4:17 pm in reply to: Battalion Chief Travis L Maher, 49, Austin Fire Dept, Austin, TX, 03 Jan 2023 #6677
We were humbled to be part of such a moving event as hundreds of uniformed first responders, family, and friends paid their final respect to Chief Maher.
Two PGR big flag bikes accompanied the law enforcement escorted procession from the funeral home up to Shoreline Church. Then, 14 PGR formed a flag line along the route of the foot procession which followed, consisting of bag pipers, color guard, many uniformed personnel, and the fire truck bearing Chief Maher. Once everyone had entered the church, we struck the flag line and departed.
Thank you again to Don Ferguson for bringing the flags and staking many in front of the church well prior to the start. And thank you to all who attended this memorable mission.November 5, 2022 at 2:33 pm in reply to: 9/11 Mobile Exhibit Escort, Georgetown, TX, 05 Nov 2022 #6606
We had a great time this morning participating in the escort of this mobile 9/11 exhibit. Georgetown PD led the way, WSCO motors managed the intersections, and 12 PGR preceded the 80 ft truck/trailer to its location next to the Field of Honor, with a GTFD ladder truck bring up the rear.
We especially enjoyed visiting with the four retired NYFD fire fighters who are accompanying this mobile memorial and were on-duty that terrible day.
Thank you to all who attended this morning. The exhibit and Field of Honor run through next Saturday, 12 Nov, so get out to experience this patriotic event.October 31, 2022 at 9:19 am in reply to: Robert “Larry” Sieck, 78, US Navy/Vietnam veteran, Austin, TX, 30 Oct 2022 #6602
From Gary Mayers.
What a beautiful day to Honor one of our fallen Soldiers. Mr. Robert Laurence Sieck was laid to rest on Sunday, 30 October 2022 at the Charles F. Austin cemetery. Robert served as a Corpsman in the US Navy from 5/2/1963 to 5/1/1969 as he was deployed to Vietnam with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines combat unit on the front lines.
Mr. Sieck’s Daughter came over to greet us and thank us for being a part of her dad’s celebration of Life. She told us about her father and all the things that he did for the community and his Family. This mission started at the Harrell Funeral Home in Austin. Four Patriot Guard Riders assembled to Honor Mr. SiecK including one rider from San Antonio. LEO escorted the procession for a 20 minute ride to the cemetery. Upon arriving at the cemetery we dismounted and formed an honor line behind the hearse. With the casket moved from the hearse we followed behind the coffin to the resting site where we formed another honor line until the casket was put in place. There was a good show of family and friends. We quietly departed and ride captain thanked riders for attending and told them to have a save ride home.
RIP Robert Laurence Sieck. Thank you for your service to our Country.July 23, 2022 at 1:50 pm in reply to: Thomas M. Edwards, 79, US Army/Vietnam veteran, Elgin, TX, 23 JUL 2022 #6510
It was a nice turnout of 15 patriots to stand in honor of Mr. Edwards, father of one of our own riders, Toby. And we had three first time riders, which was wonderful!
The flag line was in the sun, but a decent breeze made it OK. The family and friends came out of the building to see and photograph the flag line. Toby approached the flag line and shook everyone’s hand and thanked us for honoring his father.
Two of our riders folded and presented the flag to Mrs. Edwards inside the hall.
Thank you again, Max, for bringing the flags and water. And thanks to all who attended. You made a difference today.
RIP, SGT Edwards.July 13, 2022 at 8:09 pm in reply to: LTC Sonny Hibbs, Jr., 86, USA (Ret), Vietnam veteran, Elgin, TX, 13 July 2022 #6496
Just like last week, another super group of patriots showed up to stand in honor of LTC Hibbs. Seven of us stood at the FH & again at the cemetery. Both of the colonel’s sons stopped at the flag line to relay how much our being there meant to them. One son, Jim, asked about becoming a member of the PGR. I talked with him about that & also about becoming a Flag Wrangler out of the Elgin area. He does not ride but has a super looking vintage pickup that he wants to mount flags on.
The day was again hot, but we managed to find shade to stand in at both locations.
Military honors were rendered by a contingent of Army guys wearing both the current dress uniform & three with period uniforms of the colonel’s era. It was quite impressive.
Thank U “Sonny” for your service & rest in peace. U deserve it.June 19, 2022 at 7:47 pm in reply to: Charles J. Matula, Jr., 81, US Navy veteran, Rockdale, TX, 18 Jun 2022 #6472
Thank you to the 11 PGR who came to Rockdale yesterday to honor submariner Matula. We had a new rider, Cathy from Georgetown, and riders from Bryan and Dripping Springs.June 4, 2022 at 4:00 pm in reply to: LaDell Roy Jensen, 91, US Army/Korea veteran, Bastrop, TX, 04 Jun 2022 #6452
Nine riders met the family in Bastrop for the ride to his daughter’s house. (It was a little damp for some of us getting there.) One of the bikes was ridden by his grandson, Travis, and a new rider Patty from Liberty Hill on her Spyder. We had a nice turnout of American Legion riders join us, too. Mr. Jensen was a long time member. All totaled four first time riders on this mission. Very nice!
Five of us stayed for the memorial service, forming a flag line while the US Army honor guard played taps and folded and presented the flag. We hung around afterward for refreshments with the family who couldn’t be nicer folks.
Thank you again, Max Vasquez, for bringing the flags, and for persevering in finding the place!
We learned the many ways Dell Jensen was a true patriot. It was our honor to participate in his farewell.May 30, 2022 at 3:47 pm in reply to: Memorial Day commemoration, Granger, TX, 30 MAY 2022 #6437
We had 12 patriots standing the flag line to help the Granger community remember their fallen on this Memorial Day. We stood in a semicircle behind the memorial while the names of Granger warriors lost in battle from WWI through the present were read. The event lasted only 30 minutes and concluded with live taps. It was as heartfelt a tribute as one could attend. The small towns have always seemed rich in love of country and respect for the flag.
We had a first time rider today! Welcome, Michael. And thank you, Don Ferguson, for bringing the flags and posting many at the site including the service flags. Afterwards some of us went to the Cotton Club where the local American Legion provided coffee and donuts.
We received much recognition and thanks from the organizers and those in attendance. It was a fitting start to the day.May 13, 2022 at 12:23 pm in reply to: Elizabeth L. Knipscher, 79, US Army veteran, accompaniment, Georgetown – CTSVC, 13 May 2022 #6405
Four PGR accompanied 1LT Knipscher and family from the funeral home in Georgetown to CTSVC in Killeen. We spoke with her husband and son who both expressed their thanks for our participation. It was our honor to do so.
Three bikes led ahead of the hearse and a trike flying three beautiful flags followed behind it, followed by 6 or so family vehicles. All went smoothly and per plan.
Thank you to those who attended. Godspeed, 1LT Knipscher. May He bring comfort to your family.April 9, 2022 at 2:10 pm in reply to: Roger H. Nitchman Jr., 67, US Army, LEO veteran, Pflugerville, TX, 09 APR 2022 #6375
A breezy, pleasant spring day for the 13 riders who came out to honor the service of US Army and law enforcement veteran Roger Nitchman, Jr. We were happy to welcome a first time rider, Jeffrey Palermo.
We rode together from our staging location to a parking location secured for us with cones by the local American Legion members who were on hand to participate in the memorial service. We formed a flag line on each side of the Fallen Warriors memorial for the 55 minute event. A little longer than anticipated, but everyone held up fine.
A US Army honor guarded folded the flag and played taps toward the end of the event. The MC publicly thanked the PGR for attending, resulting in applause from the assembled crowd.
RIP SGT Roger H. Nitchman, Jr.March 9, 2022 at 2:39 pm in reply to: Birthday, Alfredo Bartolini, 95, US Army/WWII veteran, Round Rock, TX, 05 Jan 2022 #6337
From Mr. Bartolini’s daughter today.
Thank you for celebrating my father’s, Alfredo Bartolini’s, 95th birthday this past January. He died yesterday and so you made his last birthday very special. That you did so touches my heart. Thank you again.
From the family of CPO Michael Anderson
I just wanted to take a moment to express my family’s deep appreciation for the PGR for coming out and displaying such an honor for my Brother Mike. He would have been so impressed. I was blessed to meet some of his shipmates from the Oldendorf and was able to confirm the “alleged” antics we spoke of early. and they added that he may have participated in the mooning of said foriegn sailors on one occasion or another.
Again, Thank You Guys for all you do.
Larry AndersonJanuary 22, 2022 at 5:56 pm in reply to: Timothy Pat Pugh, 73, USMC/Vietnam veteran, Bastrop, TX, 22 JAN 2022 #6284
It was a perfect cool and sunny Texas winter day to honor Mr. Timothy “Pat” Pugh. Among the twelve PGR who stood the flag line today was a first time rider, Robert, from Bastrop. We also welcomed Howard and Teresa, two PGR who recently relocated to Bastrop from the Spokane, WA area.
Thanks to Max for bringing the flags to honor his fellow Marine.
Mrs. Pugh walked our flag line thanking us for honoring her husband. It was our privilege to be there.
RIP, SGT Pugh. May God’s comfort be upon the family and friends you left behind.January 5, 2022 at 4:50 pm in reply to: Birthday, Alfredo Bartolini, 95, US Army/WWII veteran, Round Rock, TX, 05 Jan 2022 #6255
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!December 30, 2021 at 6:58 pm in reply to: Thomas J. Russo, 81, USMC Veteran, Liberty Hill, TX, 30 DEC 2021 #6234
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.