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SEPTEMBER 2014
Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
August 31 September 01
LABOR DAY

  • MSgt.
        Lonelle Nolen
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Garland

  • PO1
        Jerome Jarrett
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 02

  • Sgt
        Robert Clark
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     08:30 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report Mission Photos

  • Ens Cyril Longton
        S1CHelen Longton

    (Funeral, Procession, Inurnment/Interment Services)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Fort Worth
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report Mission Photos Mission Photos

  • PO3
        Marvin Lenard
    Please Verify Staging Times
    (Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00? - Grand Prairie
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report Mission Photos

  • SSgt
        Robert Standley
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 03

  • Sgt.
        Michael Thom
    Note Time Changes
    (ADD Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 04

  • Col
        Reuel Stephens
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     11:00 - Mesquite
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 05

    TWO FALLEN SOLDIER ALERTS At DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
    06

  • 19th Annual Paris Veterans Reunion
    (Procession)
    Staging:
     07:45 - Bonham

  • Pvt
        Tommy Stone
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Mansfield
    Mission Photos

  • Cpl.
        Kenneth Griffin
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Rockwall
  • 07 GRANDPARENTS DAY 08

  • PFC
        Dennis Fuentes
    (ADD Visitation)
    Staging:
     09:00? - Airport?
              To Seagoville?
     17:00 - Seagoville

  • Sgt
        Ken Kalish
    (Operation FINALLY HOME)
    Staging:
     09:15 - Cedar Hill
    Mission Report

  • PO3
       Billie Lee McCaslin
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:30 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report

    FALLEN AIRMAN AND FALLEN SOLDIER ALERTS At DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • 09

  • PFC
        Dennis Fuentes
    (ADD Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Seagoville
  • 10

  • Sgt
       Augustus Green
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Whitesboro
  • 11 PATRIOT DAY
               
       Flags At Half Staff

  • MSgt
       Harry Sherman
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Duncanville

  • PVT
       Travis Wheeler
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Garland
  • 12

  • CPL
       Frank Medrano
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     11:00 - Dallas

  • A1C
       William Gradick
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 13

  • David Waishes
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Waxahachie

  • Cloudy, with a high near 74. North northeast wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 14 15

  • COL
        Edwin Hall
    (Funeral, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Granbury
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery


  • A1C
        Glenn McElroy
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Waxahachie

  • MSgt
        Lonelle Nolen
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • Gerald Terranova
    (Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     11:15 - Arlington
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • Clifton Young
    (Mission Pending - Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir)
    Staging:
     12:15? - DFW Cemetery?

  • A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 88. East southeast wind around 5 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 16 17

  • Robert Wright
    (Mission Pending - Ride Captain: Jim Anderson)
    Staging:
     12:45? - Lewisville?  12:45? - DFW Cemetery?

  • MSgt
       Edward Ferrell
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     14:00 - Fort Worth

  • A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 18

  • Crew Chief
        Jeremy Gorman
    (Procession, Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Lewisville
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the morning.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 19

  • Major
        Jerry Lewallen
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     12:00? - Church?
     14:15? - DFW Cemetery?


  • Jon Yarbrough
    (Mission Pending - Ride Captain: Sylvia Miller)
    Staging:
     12:30? - DFW Cemetery?

  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 20

  • NAMI WALKS
        Tarrant County
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     06:45 - Fort Worth

  • Partly sunny, with a high near 90
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 21 22 23 AUTUMN BEGINS 24 25 26 27

  • Snowball Express 5k Race
    (More Information Forthcoming)
    Starting:
     06:30 - Fort Worth
  • 28 GOLD STAR
            MOTHERS DAY
    29 30 30 October 01 02 03
    Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
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    We Have Received A Request But A Ride Captain
    Has Not Yet Been Assigned Or Has Not Made Contact With The Requestor
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    A Name But It Is Not Underlined
    This Mission Has Been Tentatively Approved By Leadership And
    A Ride Captain Has Been Assigned
    ("Mission Pending") In The Second Line The Itinerary Has Not Yet Been Finalized
    (Mission Segments) In The Second Line The Final Itinerary Has Been Received
    Staging Time Is Followed By A "?" This Is An Estimate Based On Information In The Request
    If All Information For The Mission Looks Complete,
    But The Name Is Still Not Underlined
    The Final Itinerary Has Been Received
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    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From The Marine Col. R. W. Stephens, Jr. Mission
    Posted: 09/10/2014
    How can I ever say "Thank You" enough and express my family's gratitude for your service at my brother's funeral on 9-4-2014.

    From the time I came on the church parking lot until I left the grave site services at DFW Cemetery, you were all standing guard. That was my first military service to attend, and it will live in my memory forever.

    I spoke a word of thanks to several of your members, and each one told me it was an honor and privilege. That meant a lot to me.

    I come from a family of military men - my father in WWI, my husband and brother in WWII, and my son in Vietnam. So I hold service folks in high esteem!

    In every way my brother lived his life to serve others,  and he did so in an unassuming manner

    Please share my thanks with the others who served!

    Sincerely,
    Mrs. Wanell Tresenriter
    From The SSgt Robert Standley Mission
    Posted: 09/07/2014
    MY WIFE WROTE THESE KEYWORDS ATTACHED, AND SENT THEM TO MY CHILDREN. THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOU DO IN BEHALF OF OUR MILITARY.
    JACK AND KENNYE SEMONES

    Yesterday at the DFW National Cemetery, these men/women of the Patriot Guard Riders escorted Bob Stanley’s casket to his resting place. These are patriots who ride cycles and escort vets and silently give respect. Jack loved their efforts and called it a ministry. At the actual funeral service on Thursday Jack had spoken to one of them..... And yesterday that man asked Jack if he would speak to the riders for a minute after everyone had left the area. Of course he did. I wish you all could have been there. He stood and with emotion spoke of his love of country and service and Heavenly Father’s love for this nation. He told the guard they brought such an important spirit to the gathering.... Called them Angels. So sweet and dear. The riders one by one then thanked him for his service and said they loved him. It was just a wonderful experience! Moving for all!
    Riders Down
    Posted: 09/07/2014
    Friday, Sept 5th while performing their duties of Escorting a Funeral Procession (Not as a PGR Mission), Tom Valentine and Salvador Ruiz collided with each other and both riders went down. Sal shattered bones in his ankle and his wrist and broke one of his ribs. Sal had surgery on Saturday to place pins in his foot and wrist. Tom was taken back to hospital late Saturday and found he had broken his foot and also one of his fingers. Riding motorcycles is a daily task and is their livelihood and we do not know how long they will be off work and unable to ride. Please keep both of these men and their families in your prayers as they go through the hardships of recovery.

    http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/dallas-county/2014/09/05/motorcycles-funeral-procession-dallas-grand-prairie-traffic-police/15142087/

    Ken DuBois
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders

    Update: Rusty and Bill Kushnir dropped in on Sal Ruiz at Methodist Hospital today [Tuesday}. He has pins in right wrist and right ankle plus road rash. Sal is in good spirits and will be released to go home tomorrow. He does not expect to be back to work for about eight weeks. He asked us to thank all of his PGR family (his words) for keeping him in our thoughts and prayers.
    Letter of Appreciation To Your Wonderful Service with the Patriot Guard
    Posted: 09/05/2014
    To all members of the Texas Patriot Guard,

    My name is Jared Clark, I am a funeral director at Fisher Funeral Home in Denison, Texas, and I would like to take a moment to thank all of the members of the Texas Patriot Guard for the wonderful service that their men and women provide. I have been fortunate enough to work with their organization numerous times since I began working in the funeral industry three years ago. Time and time again we have worked with them, and they have worked with us! The Texas Patriot Guard Riders have gone above and beyond to meet the wishes of every single family that I have conducted the military services for. Not only do they concern themselves with being present to honor our fallen veterans, they take into consideration safety of all those present, but they worry about their comfort as well making sure that there is plenty of water on the hot Texas summer days. I can't begin to say enough about the service they provide, or the feeling that I get every time that their flag bearing bikes start up and begin to lead the procession to the graveside for the rendering of military honors. Most important of all is the attitude of all representing members of the Patriot Guard; if you take a second to thank them for their service you will always a receive an answer like, "It is an honor to be here, and thank you for your loved one's service."

    Jared Clark
    From The Cy and Helen Longton Mission
    Posted: 09/04/2014
    Our family was so very honored to have had you show such great honor for our parents. We knew we would have flags but didn't really know what to expect. You and your fellow riders are amazing people and we will forever be grateful to all who participated. Again from the bottom of my heart thank you.

    Cy and Helen's Children
    Riders Down
    Posted: 09/04/2014 - Updated 09/10/2014
    Dan Mathys, North Texas Ride Captain: Some of you may have noticed that I have not been doing many missions lately. I've been dealing with a health issue for about a month getting CT scans, etc. Today [Tuesday] was a biopsy that went well. Results won't be known for another week, but chances are 50/50 for the good. Floyd and Nancy sat with Pam during the surgery and for that I thank them. I chose to tell only a few riders of my problem until I knew exactly what was going on. The prayers are appreciated.

    Dan

    Bruce "BikerBruce" Lowe, North Texas Ride Captain, went down on his bike this afternoon and is currently in ICU in Tyler. This accident was not associated with a PGR mission.  He hit a patch of loose gravel on a curvy road near his home in Wills Point. First reports are that he probably has a broken collar bone and some broken ribs and a lot of road rash. At this time, he is still undergoing tests to determine the extents of his injuries.  We will attempt to provide an update as soon as one is available.

    Update:
    Bruce had surgery on his shoulder Monday morning. Tracy said everything went smoothly. 

    Garland and Harold visited Bruce on Wednesday in Tyler.  He is still in a lot of pain but seems to be improving.  The surgery on his shoulder was to attach both pieces of a broken clavicle that had become misaligned to where they could not mend by themselves.  They used screws and a plate to keep them in position while they heal.  He also has many broken or cracked ribs on one side.  Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.
    From The Sgt Robert Lee Clark Mission
    Posted: 09/04/2014
    My family would like to thank the Patriot Guard Riders’ that honored my father Robert Lee Clark on September 2, 2014 at DFW National Cemetery. I wish I could find the words to describe what it meant to us to have you there. We were all so touched and moved by the service you performed. Our dad was a proud Marine and was proud to have served our country. I know he was smiling and proud of the send off you helped to give him. Thank you for taking the time to honor him.

    A donation has been made to show our appreciation for what you all did for us.

    Shereé and Ken Kirsch
    Billie Clark
    From The PO3 Marvin Lenard Mission
    Posted: 09/02/2014
    A hand-written note was given to us. It is too hard to read when adapted to display on our WEB site, so this is a transcription:

    I wish I had the right words to give y'all a proper "Thank You." I'm so very honored and touched that God blessed us with you and your group who do such important work. I know that my husband is smiling as y'all do this mission for him.

    Please accept this small donation as our thanks.

    God Bless You and the PGR
    .

    Rhonda Lenard

    Husband-
    Marvin "Len" Lenard

    From The Scott Burkett Missions
    Posted: 08/27/2014
    I'm Scotts uncle and I want too thank ALL of the PGR riders for attending the funeral. I being a ride captain in Indiana with the PGR, know how important it is to be present for our brother's and sister's who have passed.

    This is the first time for me to be on the receiving end of our mission's. Our family thanks you.

    Yours Respectfully,

    Pat 'Hank' Fraizer
    Ride Captain PGR
    From The Clarence Petersen Interment Mission
    Posted: 08/25/2014
    On behalf of the Petersen family, we want to send our grateful thanks for the Patriot Guard Riders' presence at our dad's service at the DFW National Cemetery on July 31, 2014. It was so touching to see all of you there, especially familiar faces from our good friends Linda Tinnerman and Connie Carman. My dad was so proud to have been a WW II Marine and had attended many military funerals. Someone said after the ceremony, that he would have been so touched if he could have seen the send off he received. He was a true Patriot for God and his Country and now he's helping guard heaven's doors with his fellow Marines. Thank you all so much for taking the time to honor our hero.

    Bonnie Petersen
    Sharon Brown
    Diane Flagtvedt
    Janet Petersen
    and all other family members
    From The Escort On Aug 13th From The Gaylord To Hawkins, Texas
    Posted: 08/18/2014
    I just wanted to reach out and again say how moved and touched the families of the fallen were from the escort on Aug 13th from the Gaylord to Hawkins Texas.

    The honor and respect that your escort and actions make is overwhelming. Hopefully I got everyone and was able to shake their hand, thank them and give them Marc's hero card. Please share this with all of them and tell them these families will never forget the love shared by each member who rode and honored them and their fallen hero!

    If I can ever do anything for your group do not hesitate to reach out.

    God bless,
    Debbie
    -- Debbie Lee
    www.americasmightywarriors.org
    Founder
    Bikes With Big Flags
    Posted: 08/18/2014
    To all

    The North Texas Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to participate in a number of upcoming events that will require bikes with Big Flags (Honor Bikes) mounted . So if you have been thinking about mounting a big flag to your bike but have held back, now is the time to make that decision and investment in mounting flags. If you currently have or will soon have big flags mounted on your bike please send me your name, phone number and email address so I can add you to my database.

    Thank you for all you do.

    Regards
    Ken DuBois
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders
    kend0715@gmail.com
    [Ride Captains, Please Note:  This Is A Private List And Is Not The Same List That Is Available On The Support Page]
    Floyd "1st Shirt" Kammerer Retires
    Posted: 08/14/2014
    To North Texas Patriot Guard Riders.

    This is to announce that Floyd Kammerer is retiring from his leadership position within the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders. Effective August 13, 2014, Floyd will stepping down from his Ride Captain position, but will continue to serve as one of our PGR Riders. Floyd has served the PGR honorably in almost every position (Rider, Ride Captain, Mission Dispatcher, Assistant Deputy State Captain, and most recently -Chief Ride Captain). So if you see Floyd at any of our future activities make sure to thank him for his many years of faithful service.

    Best regards,
    Ken DuBois
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders
    Gmail Users - Are You Missing North Texas PGR Mission Notifications?
    Posted: 08/05/2014
    Recently, it appears that Google and/or Gmail has made a change to their E-Mail servers that cause some of our Mission Notifications for some of our users to go to their "Spam" or "Trash" folder. Please check there and verify that your missing Notifications are waiting there for you! If they are, you might try the following and let us know if this solution works for you:

    Once in your Gmail, click of the "gear ICON" to check your settings. Then click on "Filters" and then on "Create New Filter". In the "New Filter Window, enter ntx-pgr@ntxpgr.org in the from box and click on "Create filter with this search" in the bottom, right corner of the window.  Click the box that says "Never send it to Spam".  Last, click on "Create filter."

    If this does not work for you, please let us know at harold@ntxpgr.org.
    LATEST CASUALTIES REPORTED IN SEPTEMBER OF 2014

    1 AMERICAN PATRIOTS REPORTEDLY HAVE DIED THIS MONTH DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM
     Branch:
     ARMY
    Age:
    28
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    September 05, 2014  .
    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, of Northborough, Massachusetts, died Sept. 4, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire.

    Arsenault was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. .

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