Military Funeral Escorts

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mack Hickman (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 01:13 pm:  Edit

Just a quick note from a non-member. The PGR is one of the finest organizations I have ever been affiliated with. In our area, we seem to average almost a funeral per day, or at least did. It has slowed a bit now.

Standing tall and silent.

MackR

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Thibeau (Unregistered Guest) on Friday, February 02, 2007 - 12:47 pm:  Edit

The Patriot Riders organization is a very worthy cause engaged in a honorable endeavor. My hat is off to them.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By William Ivory (Bill_ivory) on Thursday, February 01, 2007 - 01:55 pm:  Edit

The funeral yesterday for SPC Collin Schockmel at Ft Huachuca was a very solemn, and well attended occasion. There was indeed a good representation of the "Riders" who had first escorted the remains from the Tucson Airport to Sierra Vista. The riders came from the American Legion, the VFW and some wore only the Patriot Guard Arm bands. There was a warning that the church group would be there, but they never showed. I think it was lucky for them that they passed. I send my greetings and support for all of the "riders"...!! Sorry I missed you Carl. we will get together before too long.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Carl A. Bandy (Carl_bandy) on Monday, January 29, 2007 - 04:27 pm:  Edit

Larry, thanks for the information. I visited the site, joined as a member and really appreciate reading the information on the site.
Bill I noted your entry about the Sierra Vista Soldier. I would have been honored to associate and be among the Men & Women in that group. I just returned from Dallas but I wouldn't have been able to make it anyway. As you know, Sierra Vista and Phoenix aren't that close.
As a tragic update to my January 8 entry, from the Phoenix Newspaper: "A Peoria man whose son was killed a month ago in Iraq has been murdered. Peoria police say 65-year-old Roger Staats died on Sunday after a man got out of a car near 67th and Carol avenues, pushed Staats from the bicycle he was riding, and then repeatedly hit and stomped on his head before fleeing. Staats died a short time after being taken to a hospital." Peoria Police have arrested a 27-year-old man but don't know what motivated the attack.
As my first entry reflects, Roger was Retired AF and was not in very good health. It must have been a "great accomplishment" for this 27 year old to beat up this gentle "older man".
Regards to everyone. Carl B.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lawrence H. Drayton (Larry_drayton) on Friday, January 19, 2007 - 06:02 am:  Edit

Bill, you can go to the Patriot Guard Riders web-site (link shown in previous post) and check all scheduled and anticipated rides. There is a SFC Mundorff scheduled for today, 19 Jan 07.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By william Ivory (Bill_ivory) on Thursday, January 18, 2007 - 06:11 pm:  Edit

There is to be a funeral of a young soldier in Sierra Vista, Az within the next week. Does anyone know if any of the riders will be there? How about you Carl?

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ray Kangas (Cw5retray) on Sunday, January 14, 2007 - 09:56 am:  Edit

Well said, Mr Bandy, well said. Thanks for your post. Gives one hope for this country.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Daniel CID Ret (Unregistered Guest) on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 06:48 am:  Edit

I have found that being part of the Patriot Guard Riders, myself, has been an honor. These families, while grieving, invite us to take part in their funerals so that we can show that the sacrifices of their lost ones are not forgotten. I have found it hard not to shed tears when a family member comes by and gives us a sincere thank you, especially when it is us that give thanks to these departed heroes.

I highly recommend to those, especially with bikes, to partake in a PGR ride. Even without a bike, you can support the PGR.

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Lawrence H. Drayton (Larry_drayton) on Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 06:31 am:  Edit

I have found that riding with my fellow Patriot Guard riders is a very intense emotional experience. Carl, I'm glad you posted your thoughts and feelings from the other perspective. It's not umcommon to see grown men on bikes with tears streaming down their faces, while involved in these escorts. For more information, go to: http://www.patriotguard.org/

Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Carl A. Bandy (Carl_bandy) on Monday, January 08, 2007 - 04:59 pm:  Edit

Fellow Agents that this pertains to, my apologies for not having thorough knowledge of this and hopefully, those that are involved will post some information and educate me, and others. My next door neighbor's son was killed in Iraq a little over a week ago and on Saturday, Jan 6, there was a Memorial Service for him. I live on a cul-de-sac and prior to the service starting, Paige and I heard what sounded like a jet airplane going over. Not unusual since we are in the extended flight path of Sky Harbor but, unlike other jets, this one kept going on and getting louder and louder, to the point we actually thought an aircraft was making an uncontrolled landing in our area. We went out the front door and all around the Sac were numerous motorcycles and vehicles, highly shined and I think, all of them sporting the Stars & Stripes, too many to count. There were both male and female riders, young and "not so young." It is impossible for me to describe the feelings Paige and I had and, while we knew it was to escort this Soldier's parents to his Memorial Service, the pride and admiration we both felt was enormous. I think it was Larry Drayton that posted an article about the motorcycle group that escorts these family members and protects them from "others," but I'm not sure. I skimmed over the entry when it was posted and then could not find it in the archived entries. I will pay better attention in the future. Anyway, to all those that were there Saturday Morning, I talked to this Soldier's father on Sunday and your appearance did more for him than all the TV, Radio and Newspaper people combined. He expressed his gratitude and said it was different than others as these were people that were like his Son. He too, is a retired AF, Vietnam Veteran and suffers from Agent Orange exposure. To all of you involved on Saturday, and all those involved at other locations across the Nation (and I know there are several of you) you know your card is getting a lot of extra punches in it, where it matters. For my neighbor, and for the feeling of pride I felt in having the honor of seeing all of you, Thanks and God Bless each and everyone of You.


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