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January 21, 2023 at 7:56 pm in reply to: Bryan E. Smith, 63, US Army veteran, Taylor, TX, 21 Jan 2023 #6711
The weather looked like it may not be kind to the 10 of us that showed up to stand the flag line for Bryan E. Smith. The sun did start to show itself as we started to leave. As I was standing by the door with the Army flag someone came out, looked at the people there to honor what I believe to be her dad. Knowing that none of us personally know him, thanked me for being there. At that moment I noticed the tears in her eyes. Those are the moments that reaffirm why I joined the Patriot Guards and attend the missions to honor those that gave so much for our freedom, knowing how much it means to the families.January 6, 2023 at 7:27 pm in reply to: Battalion Chief Travis L Maher, 49, Austin Fire Dept, Austin, TX, 03 Jan 2023 #6686
Chief Maher was one of my best friends. I want to Thank those that showed up in support of the family and all the friends that were in attendance.August 28, 2022 at 5:53 pm in reply to: Afghanistan 13 KIA memorial event, Lakeway, TX, 27 Aug 2022 #6546
I was lucky enough to be the Ride Captain to Honor the US13.Expectations were high about the amount of Patriots that would show up to show respect for the sacrifice that the service men and women along with the families gave for this country. I lost count to the final number but it was at least 36 bikes. The organizer (Kami) got us started with a brief comment to get us even more excited about why we were there. We made the short trip to Vincents on the Lake with no incident so that we all had the opportunity to stay for the all the festivities.
May God Bless the Families, those that were there and those that could not!February 8, 2022 at 7:17 pm in reply to: Guillermo S. Martinez Jr. 69, USAF/TXANG veteran, Georgetown, TX, 05 FEB 2022 #6303
It was a cold morning for the 9 patriots that stood the line for USAF, Texas National Army Guard and police officer. It was worth it as Mr. Martinez’s wife walked the flag line to thank those in attendance.
God Bless the family, the Patriot Guard that attended and those who could not make it!August 25, 2021 at 3:37 pm in reply to: LtCol Jerry A. Bartholomew, 88, USAF (Ret), Korea/Vietnam, Pflugerville, TX, 24 AUG 21 #6046
It was a hot day yesterday for the 11 patriots that stood the line foe Lt. Col Jerry Bartholomew. We were able to utilize the shade from the building but when we relocated at the gravesite there was none to be had. Those in attendance pushed thru the heat. The service was short but dignified which helped. Thanks to Don and all his work. The way he had the flags setup we placed a member between them. It made for an illusion that there were twice as many.
God Bless the family, those that attended and those that could not!March 23, 2021 at 7:20 pm in reply to: T.A. Beard, 95, US Navy/WWII veteran, Rockdale, TX, 20 MAR 2021 #5937
It was very nice day for the 7 Patriot Guard members to stand the flag line for T.A. Beard. 6 of the riders were able to make the easy trip to the grave site service South of Thorndale for a short service with the American Legion rendering the Honors. After the service the members mounted up and departed. God Bless the Family, those that attended and those that could not.November 8, 2020 at 9:15 pm in reply to: SGT Lucio M. Sanchez, Jr., 68, US Army (Ret), Cameron, TX, 06 NOV 2020 #5592
It was a beautiful day for the at least 2 hour ride for the 8 patriots that attended the mission for Sgt. Lucio Sanchez. Don did a fine job as usual to add flags around the funeral home. After we struck down the flag line 4 riders made their way home while the remaining 4 stayed to render Honors and participate in the short trip to the grave site. God Bless those that attended, those that could not and to the Family and friends.January 26, 2020 at 11:19 pm in reply to: Damon A. Jones, 54, US Army, Desert Storm veteran, Austin, TX, 23 JAN 2020 #5492
The morning started out cloudy damp but that did not stop 9 patriots from attending to honor this veteran that served his nation in Operation Desert Storm.
god Bless the Family, those that attended and those that could not make it.December 5, 2019 at 11:18 pm in reply to: Dennis "Randy" Slauenwhite, 70, US Army/Vietnam veteran, Georgetown, TX, 03 DEC 2019 #5471
This mission was a good one. The air was crisp and cool for the 8 members of the AUSPGR to stand a flag line for Sergeant Dennis "Randy" Slauenwhite. Not a bad turnout for having two missions in the same general area at the same time. I was an honor to be apart of the recognition for this veteran.
God Bless the family, those that attended and those that could not make it.October 5, 2019 at 1:40 am in reply to: Short Notice Airport Recovery, SPC Ethan C. Brown, 20, Active Duty US Army, Austin, TX, 04 OCT 2019 #5413
The sun was out in full force but that did not stop the 8 PGR members from attending to show their respect for this soldier how left this earth way to soon. The guard took our place in the procession and with APDs motor officers the trip to the funeral home was as good as they come. When we arrived we stood up a line to render a salute as they removed this young man from the coach. I urge you to attend the service for this young soldier on Sunday. God Bless the family, those that attended and those that couldn't.October 5, 2019 at 1:29 am in reply to: Pony Express, SrA Ian Taschinger, 25, USAF veteran, Austin, TX, 03 – 04 OCT 2019 #5412
Part A of the Pony Express ride for SrA Ian Taschinger was a good one. Weather was good and the traffic was not as bad as we had expected. 4 patriots stood a line to receive the remains of this veteran. After a short dignified ceremony 3 Austin Region PGR member along with a rider from the San Antonio group made the hour drive to AFD Fire House 42. The firefighters at this fire house had made a nice place for the remains to stay overnight and participated in the placing of the urn. Part B of this mission left with 3 member and AFD Engine 42 leading the way to the end of town. The ride was smooth and we rendezvoused With SE Texas Region PGR on time. Another dignified ceremony and we departed. God bless the family, those who made the mission and those who couldn't.July 8, 2019 at 8:35 pm in reply to: Airport Recovery, SSgt Casey Jay Roland, 28, Active Duty Marine, Austin, TX, 05 JUL 2019 #5350
18 Patriot Guard Members answered the call to Honor SSgt Casey Jay Roland. Those that attended can testify that shade was at a premium during the staging.
APD provided 12 officers to make the trip to the funeral home. They keep the speed at a manageable speed. those of us that were flying big flags appreciate that.
At the funeral home 4 Patriot Guard members help removing SSgt Casey Jay Roland from the hearse while the remainder (including 2 APD officers) formed a like and rendered a salute.
Little was known about the death of this Brave Marine but it did not matter. What mattered to us was that was Honored for standing the front line for your freedom.
God Bless the family, those that attended and those that could not make it.June 12, 2019 at 8:49 pm in reply to: Artie D. Young, 99, US Army Air Corps/WWII veteran, Georgetown, TX, 12 JUN 2019 #5338
It was a nice morning for the 8 PGR members that showed up to Honor Artie Young that served in WWII. As is not uncommon the family walked the flag line to thank those that stood the line. The highlight for me was a young man around the age of 8 talked the line and thanked us for our service. I believe he will be a future leader and carry After the service 4 big flag bikes joined the procession to the cemetery where we meet 2 of the patriots that stood the line. We formed a second line for a short and dignified service. God bless the family, those that attended and those you could not.May 1, 2019 at 3:00 pm in reply to: Pete A. Martinez, 55, USAF veteran, Cedar Park, TX, 30 APR 2019 #5320
The rain held off for the second half of this mission. Flag Wrangler Don and myself meet at the funeral home. don posted a flag at the entry into the Funeral home. When the procession started I got in line with the big flags flying while Don, wanting to make sure there were people to stand the line, drove to CTSVC in his gage. The last thing that the wife did before leaving stopped to thank the PG. You could tell that it meant a lot to her. God Bless the family, those who stood the line and those that could not make it.April 10, 2019 at 9:37 pm in reply to: Short Notice: Samuel B. Gaines, 80, USMC veteran, Georgetown, TX, 09 APR 2019 #5303
This was a very short notice mission but with that said 13 PGR Patriots showed up to Honor Lance Corporal Samuel Gaines. The weather was good with plenty of shadow for all.
The family was very appreciative with several members walking the line to thank every member there. Mrs. Gaines could not believe how many PGR members showed up to honor he husband.
God Bless this family, those that came to Honor LC Gaines and those that could not make it.