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    Four Austin PGR Riders attended the Honor Flag Line for LCDR Roznowski despite the cold and misty morning. One intrepid soul, Patti, even rode her Can-Am. We were honored to be Joined by Jeff Wike, Brother in Law of the deceased and Deputy State Ride Captain, PGR, from Bedford, TX. The family was very appreciative of our presence.

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    Six Patriot Guard Riders attended the flag line for Airman Zander despite threatening weather. Because of the weather, all showed up in their four wheelers. The family was very appreciative that we attended. Special thanks to Holly and the guys from CenTex PGR, with their presence, we were able to put up a decent flag line.

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    11 Patriot Guard riders attended the honors for SGT Alston at the church in Buda, 2 cages, 9 bikes. 6 of the riders chose to join the procession to the Luling cemetery. The family was very appreciative that we attended and the funeral director suggested a slight change in the flag line-up that worked very well. Thanks to all who took precious time to attend and as always, a special thanks to our Flag Wranglers.

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    Eight Patriot Guard Riders manned the flag line for Captain Hartzell. Three riders braved the cold weather and rode their bikes. Captain Hartzell’s family all came out and shook everyone’s hand and expressed their appreciation for us being in attendance. Mrs. Hartzell told us that her husband rode motorcycles until he was 87; on a personal note, I don’t know many Navy or Marine pilots that don’t ride motorcycles. This was a very satisfying mission.

    in reply to: Tom Garey, 53, USAF veteran, Cedar Park, TX, 22 Jul 2022 #6507
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    Seven Guard Members were present for the flag line in honor of Senior Airman Garey. Mr. Garey’s widow and Sister in Law came out of the reception and thanked us all for being there and they both shook our hands. Several others came out of the funeral home and thanked us also. A little warm but we all stayed hydrated.

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    10 Patriot Guard Riders attended the flag line at St. Helens Catholic Church in honor of Marine Gonzalo Garza. We were honored to be joined my A 32 year veteran Marine SgtMajor who was instrumental in the founding of the Patriot Guard and also happened to have Mr. Garza as a teacher when he was in grade school. Once the Mass started, we quietly departed. 5 members who stood the flag line reassembled at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin to render honors at the burial service. Thanks to all who attended this fairly long and very hot mission.

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    Nine Patriot Guard members were present to honor Major Nolan on a very hot day. Don had flags strategically placed in front of the funeral home. An interesting side note, a member of the Combat Veteran motorcycle group and his significant other attended the memorial service. When they rode up to us on their motorcycles I asked if they were joining us. They didn’t and they were there at the request of the Alabama State Ride Captain of the Combat Vet’s because he had served with Major Nolan; thought that was kind of cool. The family was very appreciative of us being there to honor their loved one and all came out and shook our hands.

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    Eight Patriot Guard members were available to stand the flag line on a windy, cloudy day. Once the service for SGT Howard commenced we broke down the flag line and waited by the grave site for the remainder of the mission. The service apparently lasted an hour and and fifteen minutes as the funeral precession did not arrive at the grave site until 1130 Hrs. Because of the time lapse we lost 3 members due to time constraints. Five of us manned the flags for the burial service and military honors and also maintained the flag line as the casket was moved from the memorial location to the actual burial site. The family wanted to observe the casket being lowered and we waited an extra ten minutes for a cemetery crew to show up to no avail. We then broke down the flag line a quietly departed.

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    12 Members were present to honor Cpl Armstrong during his graveside ceremony. The family was very appreciative that the Patriot Guard was present. Good turnout for this mission, thanks to all that attended.

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    5 members braved the cold weather to honor Seaman Spencer. Don had numerous flags strategically staged to enhance our presence. Two of the members actually rode to the mission; Brrr.

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    6 Patriot Guard members attended the flag line for Mr. Benavides. The RC, even though he has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and advanced mathematics does not know how to compute time and distance so he was very late to the church. The riders that were there stood in a honor line until the RC arrived with the flags minutes before Mr. Benavides’ casket was removed from the hearse. Thanks to the guys that showed the true spirit of the PGR.

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    13 Patriot Guard Riders comprised the flag line in honor of WWII Veteran Simmons. The daughter of Mr. Simmons stopped and thanked us for what we do, not only for her father, but other veterans as well. Her brother offered thanks also. Thanks for all that came today, good turnout.

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    10 Patriots honored MSGT Richardson on a Semper Gumby day; thankfully all stayed to render honors. Welcome new PGR Rider Robert Mohr.
    Thanks to all that attended a stayed for the extended period. As usual, Don’s placement of flags added meaning to the mission.

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    10 Patriot Guard Riders attended the mission in honor of CWO4 Smith. We were acknowledged by the family and thanked for what we do by two Georgetown Police Lieutenants who were at the funeral home for a fallen fellow officer. Don placed additional flags which enhanced the visuals. Thanks to those who attended.

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    11 Patriot Guard members arrived to honor BGen Taylor at his memorial service. Flag line was neat and orderly and thankfully in the shade. It was great to see former Ride Captain Terry Ayers at a mission again. Flag Wrangler Don did an excellent job on flag placement. The family was very appreciative that we were there. Thanks to all who attended the mission.

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