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AUGUST 2015
Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
26 27 28 29 30 31 August 01

  • Welcome Home Vietnam War Veterans
    [Ride Captain: Brian Liberty]
    (Procession, Community Event)
    Staging:
     06:30 - White
                     Settlement

    *
  • 02 03

  • Terence Farmer
    [Ride Captain: Rick Crabb]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Burleson
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery

     
  • 04

  • SP4
        Andy Johnson
    [Ride Captain: Jim Anderson]
    (Homeless Veteran Interment Service)
     08:45 - DFW Cemetery

     

  • PFC
        John Bell
    [Ride Captain: Jim Anderson]
    (Familyless Veteran Interment Service)
     09:30 - DFW Cemetery

     

  • Mark Curtis
    [Ride Captain: Mike Moore]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     09:30 - Irving
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

     
  • 05

  • SP4
        Victor Cowdrey
    [Ride Captain: John Blase]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     11:00 - Grand Prairie
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery

     

  • 06

  • Cpl
        Michael Cotton
    [Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir]
    (Interment Service)
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery

     
  • 07

  • SSG
        Roy Smith
    [Ride Captain: Sylvia Miller]
    (Funeral, Inurnment Services)
     09:00 - Mansfield
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

    *

  • Amn
        Christopher Pohl
    [Ride Captain: Jammie Yaw]
    (Procession, Interment Service)
     09:15 - Dallas
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

      Mission Report

  • SP4
        Flint Campbell
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     11:00 - Ft. Worth
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • Cpl
        Donald Devoll
    [Ride Captain: Darl Easton]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     13:00 - Grand Prairie

    Mission Report
  • 08

  • Bobby Stewart
    [Ride Captain: Mike Johnson]
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
     09:00 - Graham

  • 09
    10

  • Leonard Lowrey
    [Ride Captain: Barbara Johnson]
    (Funeral Service)
     09:00 - Wichita Falls

    Mission Report

  • Groundbreaking - Operation Finally Home - SFC Jerry Holcomb
    [Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir]
    (Ceremony)
     09:30 - Rockwall

    Mission Report
  • 11

  • Sgt
        Bradley Payne
    [Ride Captain: Jammie Yaw]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     09:00 - Grapevine
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report


  • Leo Welch
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Inurnment Service)
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • Jim Rainey
    [Ride Captain: Mike Johnson]
    (HOTH Mission)
     
    18:40 - Wichita Falls
    Mission Report
  • 12

  • LTC
        Jack Coleman
    [Ride Captain: John Blase]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     10:00 - Duncanville
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery

    *
  • 13

  • America’s Mighty Warriors Retreat for Gold Star Families
    See Final Itinerary For Date Correction
    [Ride Captain: Ken DuBois]
    (Community Event)
     12:15 - Irving to Canton

    Mission Report

  • Ride Captains Meeting
    [Hover Your Mouse On Above Line]
    (Ride Captains Only)
     19:00 - Fort Worth

    *
  • 14

  • James Holden
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
     09:00 - Dallas

    Mission Report
  • 15

  • PO2
        Donald Dean
    [Ride Captain: Brian Liberty]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     09:00 - Duncanville

    Mission Report
  • 16 17

  • GySgt
        Lawrence Hawthorne
    [Ride Captain: Darl Easton]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     09:30 - Fort Worth

    Mission Report
  • 18

  • Sgt
        Mike Hanson
    [Ride Captain: Carlton Emmons]
    (Funeral Service)
     10:00 - Godley
    Mission Report
  • 19

  • Edgar Grampp
    [Ride Captain: Mike Moore]
    ( Veteran With No Family Interment Service)
     08:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • Robert Sawyer
    [Ride Captain: Mark Gravit]
    (Inurnment Service)
     09:30 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • Dennis Hinkle
    [Ride Captain: Barbara Johnson]
    (Funeral Service)
     13:00 - Wichita Falls
  • 20

  • MSgt
        Jim Rainey
    [Ride Captain: Mike Johnson]
    (Funeral Service, Procession)
     08:10 - Wichita Falls


  • Capt.
        James Hitchborn
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Inurnment Service)
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery
  • 21

  • Felix Cantu
    [Ride Captain: Mark Littel]
    (Interment Service)
     10:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • 1stSgt
        Frank Habern
    [Ride Captain: Darl Easton]
    (Visitation)
     18:15 - Lewisville

    Mission Report
  • 22

  • John Etheredge
    [Ride Captain: Bryan Read]
    (Memorial Service)
     10:00 - Scurry

    Mission Report

  • Billy Wilson
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     10:00 - Fort Worth

    Mission Report

  • Wayne Davison
    [Ride Captain: Mark Ingersoll]
    (Interment Service)
     10:00 - Arlington
  • 23

  • CDR
        James Simon
    [Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir]
    (Memorial Concert)
     17:30 - Richardson

    Mission Report
  • 24 v 25

  • Sgt
        Kevin Dunegan
    [Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir]
    (Procession, Inurnment)
     12:45 - Plano
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery

  • 26

  • PO3
        Stephen Lock
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Memorial Service, Procession, Interment)
     09:00 - Arlington
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • Jerry Petton
    [Ride Captain: Sylvia Miller]
    (Interment Service)
     09:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report
  • 27

  • PO1
        Gregory Williams
    [Ride Captain: Carlton Emmons]
    (Inurnment Service)
     09:00 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • Kip Turner
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
     09:00 - Joshua


  • SSgt
        Edgar Adams
    [Ride Captain: Garland Raney]
    (Funeral, Interment Services
     10:00 - Wylie
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery



  • George Rose
    [Ride Captain: Darl Easton]
    (Inurnment Service)
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report
  • 28

  • Suck It Up Ruck March
    [Ride Captain: Rick Crabb]
    (Support For Fallen Heroes)
     06:00 - Dallas

    Mission Report

  • Vincent Fedorick
    [Ride Captain: Mike Moore]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
     08:00 - Fort Worth
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report

  • Home Dedication
    [Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir]
    (Unable To Support - Received Request Too Late (21:52) And Unable To Reach Requestor For Details - Submitted Through National)
    Staging:
     10:00? - Garland?
  • 29
    30 31

  • William Gwaltney
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     10:30 - Fort Worth


  • Sunny, with a high near 95. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas

  • September 01

  • LCDR
        Daniel Johnson
    [Ride Captain: Garland Raney]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     07:30 - Garland
     10:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • TSgt
        Mark Williams
    [Ride Captain: Jim Anderson]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. South wind 5 to 10 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 02

  • Jesse Carrington
    [East Texas Ride Captain]
    (East Texas Mission)
    Staging:
     08:15 - Madisonville


  • Rondell Mullins
    [Ride Captain: Sylvia Miller]
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     13:00? - DFW Cemetery?


  • Danny Barron
    [Ride Captain: Mike Moore]
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     13:00? - Ponder?
  • 03

  • Jesse Carrington
    [East Texas Ride Captain]
    (East Texas Mission)
    Staging:
     06:15 - Madisonville
  • 04

  • Presence Requested
    [Ride Captain: TBD]
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     13:15? - DFW Cemetery?
  • 05
    06 07 LABOR DAY 08 09 10 11 PATRIOT DAY 12

  • 20th Veterans Reunion
    [Ride Captain: Kelly Darst]
    (Mission Pending)
     07:00? - Bonham To
                      Paris?
  • Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
    Weather Information: The Forecasts Above Are From The National Weather Service And Are Updated At Least Once Each Day.
    Near Real-Time Current Conditions And Forecasts Are Available For Each Primary Staging Point On Each Final Itinerary Page.
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    July 57 54 3 4 3 8,756 18,326 August 44 35 5 5 0 7460+ 18,000+
    June 41 38 3 5 0 7,604 18,073                
    May 61 56 5 14 4 10,434 25,175
    April 54 52 2 4 1 9,576 24,301                
    March 57 54 3 2 0 8,798 19,687                
    February 45 38 7 4 2 9,046 20,567                
    January 53 47 6 6 2 9,324 22,136                
    Sub Total 368 339 29 39 12 63,538 148,265 Sub Total 44 35 5 5 0 7460+ 18,000+
    Record Total Number of Missions - May, 2015, with 61 Missions !
    Year To Date 412 474 434 44 12 ? ?
    Key To Missions On The Calendar Above
    For Internal Use
    If The First Line Of An Entry Shows
    A Name And It Is Underlined
    A Final Itinerary Has Been Released.
    Clicking On The Link Will Display The Final Itinerary
    If The First Line Of An Entry Says
    "Presence Requested"
    We Have Received A Request But A Ride Captain
    Has Not Yet Been Assigned Or Has Not Made Contact With The Requestor
    If The First Line Of An Entry Shows
    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 / Third Line The Itinerary Has Not Yet Been Finalized
    (Mission Segments) In The Second / Third 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
    And Is Being Formatted For Publication And Notification
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    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From Captain James B. Hitchborn' Wife ( Mission of 08/20/2015)
    Posted: 08/29/2015
    The dust is finally settling on all the paperwork etc. I have needed to do. I am glad I was one who handled all the finances!!

    I want to thank the Patriot Guards for everything they do for all the veterans and for their part in my husband's service - Capt. James B. Hitchborn, USN Retired, on August 20th. One of his Olympic crew members in attendance spoke with many of your members and said it helped restore his belief in the greatness of this country because of its people. I have had nothing but very great compliments on your organization. In fact a lady I train with at my dog training club has a husband with a Harley who is just waiting to retire and join your organization. Blew me away as she had searched your site to see if you were a part of Jim's service. This past Tuesday the 25th my daughter Kim and I visited my husband's resting place and we passed all of you getting ready to depart from another service and we waved to those of you we recognized. We were not in my white Tahoe, but in the white Mercedes. You all waved but not sure if that was just out of respect. Please be sure everyone knows how much your participation meant to the family and everyone there.

    Jan Hitchborn
    Ride Captain Resignation
    Posted: 08/28/2015
    Regrettably, Paul "Tall Paul" Switzer has resigned as Ride Captain. Paul informed me that he has other priorities competing for his time and had to choose to resign. Paul has performed the duties of Ride Captain in an outstanding manner, leading many missions and honoring many families. Please join me in thanking him for his service and leadership.

    Bryan Read
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders
    RIDER DOWN
    Posted: 08/26/2015 - Updated 08/30/2015
    Update:  East Texas Itinerary has been released - it will be available here soon.  Visitation will be September 1st in Madisonville; Service September 2nd in Madisonville; and Interment in September 3rd in West.

    It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce that long time East Texas PGR Member and retired Senior Ride Captain Jesse Carrington has passed away today [08/26/2015]. Once arrangement are made, a mission will be posted.
    - Steve Conger,
    ETX DSC

    Jesse was one of the first to step up and lead the PGR in the East Texas area, and traveled many a mile to attend missions throughout the state.
    - Bobby Stroka,
    Texas State Captain
    East Side Mobile Store Announcement
    Posted: 08/25/2015
    Ride Captain Garland Raney has requested and has received PGR Store items to carry with him as he attends missions primarily on the east side of the Dallas area. Please keep an eye out for Garland on missions to check out his PGR stock.

    Gary "Catfish" Dunn
    Assistant Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders

    [Note: Garland, "PAPA", also has a supply of the new, updated North Texas static cling windshield banners for mounting inside and outside of your windshield.]
    2015 Sky Ball Ticket Distribution
    Posted: 08/19/2015
    The Sky Ball 2015 Gala will be held Saturday evening, October 24th. Every year the Sky Ball board presents the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders with tickets to the event. The number of tickets varies each year and, in years past, the tickets have been made available in a variety of ways. This year the event theme will be the Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Therefore, we have decided the best way to distribute any available tickets is to give priority to our North Texas Patriot Guard Riders Vietnam Veterans.

    The event is a really awesome experience. The spectacle, pageantry, visual effects, entertainment, and food are all world-class. There are static aircraft displays, a traveling Vietnam Wall, Medal of Honor Recipients, and a host of other events. The experience and camaraderie is priceless.

    We are compiling the names of those interested in going and will hold a drawing to see who gets the tickets.

    We will stop accepting submissions at midnight on September 30th. We anticipate there will be more submissions than tickets available. The order of priority for the drawing will be Combat Veteran, Vietnam "In-Country" Veteran, then those who served in our military during the Vietnam Era (in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations Chapter 38 Paragraph 3.2 (f), the Vietnam Era is "The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975).

    Lastly, this is a formal event where the dress code is black tie and evening gowns. The PGR has been allowed to wear our "uniform" in lieu of black tie. This has meant in years past to be dress slacks (or really clean and pressed jeans with no holes), white button-down shirt, PGR vest, and PGR hat (hat optional). Those who wish to go must comply with the dress code or the PGR option.

    Looking forward to your submissions and good luck,

    Bryan Read
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas PGR

    Please Register Using The Form Below.  Click On "Continue" When Finished, Then Review What You Entered.  If Correct, Click On "Submit" - You Should See A Confirmation That Your Registration Has Been Received.  You MAY Also Receive An E-Mailed Copy Of Your Registration, Depending On Your E-Mail Service.

    If You Cannot Submit Your Registration Using This Form,  please close your browser and open it up again - there may be a time limit.  Otherwise, Click HERE For An Alternate Form. You May Only Register ONCE. If You Have ANY Problems, Please Contact Harold@ntxpgr.org.

    From The Captain James B. Hitchborn Mission of 08/19/2015
    Posted: 08/20/2015
    Thank you so much, thanks to you and the other guards for leading my father home. Words cannot express how much this meant to our family but what it would have meant to my Dad. Growing up a Navy "Brat" taught me lots of lessons. There is one I will always hold close to my heart . The sense of family the military creates. It’s hard to explain To friends how perfect strangers give you a sense of family. How perfect strangers create an immediate bond. It’s that "we get it" feeling. The feeling that they have your back.

    When I was very young, I would stand in my best dress, Patton leather shoes and gloves and wave my father out to sea. He would be standing on Deck . My mother, brother and I would stay until we couldn’t see him anymore. When he returned we would be standing in the same spot..waiting to welcome him home.

    As I sit here writing you this note, I am reminded that most of my adult life I have been told I have that trait. I have never met a stranger. I appreciate and love people....even strangers.

    There are no strangers when you live on base and you all take care of each other. Thank you for reminding me that this is how it should be. In Military families we all know and understand the sacrifices made to protect this country. Thank you for being there. Please pass this on to not only the men and women who joined you today but to your fellow Guardsman.

    With greatest respect,

    Kim Darnell,
    AKA, Daddy’s Girl
    From the Bobby Don Stewart Mission of 08/08/2015
    Posted: 08/14/2015
    I just wanted to let you know what a great job that y'all did to honor my husband.

    I thank you from the bottom of my heart he was a very special man and y'all made it a very special day thanks so much. If you took any pictures or videos I would love to have them. Please tell everyone that came that day how much I appreciate them.

    Thank you, Carol Stewart
    Attention All Riders
    Posted: 08/14/2015
    We have had a few folks succumb to the heat recently. Our mission is important, but not important as your safety. Remember, you are responsible for your safety.  That doesn’t just mean while riding a motorcycle in a procession.

    Please remember to hydrate the night before in preparation and before, during, and after the mission. If you are taking meds or have other conditions that don’t mix well with heat, then do the right thing for yourself and take it easy.

    As a reminder Ride Captain Rusty McNab has provided a heat index safety chart. (Click on the link below) Ride Captains will be making the calls to stand down processions, giving folks breaks from the Flag Line, and other modifications when needed, and as they see necessary to ensure our folks remain safe.

    We’re in the home stretch and the cooler weather will be here soon. Please be careful until it gets here and thanks for everything you wonderful people do to honor our fallen and their families.

    Bryan Read
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders

    Arizona Department of Health Services
    From the Bruce Blackmore Mission
    Posted: 08/13/2015
    (Transcribed from a card)

    In appreciation for all you do - you will never know how much your presence at dad’s funeral and entombment meant to our family.

    We appreciate the time you all give to honor our veterans and fallen Heroes.

    Janet Martin and the Blackmore Family
    North Texas PGR Store Re-Opens
    Posted: 08/12/2015

    DFW PGR Store Notes: We have received our shipment of items for our local store. Some of these items were requested by our members and others are to replenish what's been sold. Please keep an eye our for Brenda as she supports our missions to see what's new!

    Gary "Catfish" Dunn
    Assistant Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders
    www.ntxpgr.org


    Brenda and CJ Rowell, Operators
    From The Gerald Luna Mission
    Posted: 08/03/2015
    The comments about the services and actions of your group were absolutely unbelievable. I was completely "blown away" with the respect. careful attention to detail, and service provided. I took Mrs. Luna to the cemetery on Friday to acquaint her with the grave locator, the office and the facilities. There was a group of PGRs waiting nearby, and Mrs. Gerald Luna recognized one or two from the prior day services. It was an honor for her to able to thank these men, again for the honor, courtesy and display of patriotism on behalf of her husband.

    As for myself, I am in total awe of all that your group does. I am at the age where I've been there, done that and have seen a lot of good, and bad, but nothing compares to what I witnessed last Wednesday.

    If ever there is anything I can do, other than donations, please, please let me know. It would be my honor.

    Emily Wilkin
    North Texas PGR Windshield Banners
    AVAILABLE NOW!!!

    Posted: 07/16/2015 - Updated 08/01/2015
    The popular North Texas static cling windshield banners are now available from THIS WEB site as promised!!!  The WEB address (URL) has been updated and there are now two versions of this banner available.  The first version is the same size and shape as you see on many of our motorcycle's windshields.  The second version is reverse-printed so they can be placed on the inside of windshields where they are protected from the elements, bugs, and cleaning.  The ink is on the opposite side of the clear material so there is no contact and no transfer of ink to the windshield, and they will stick to the inside of the windshield by static electricity.  They are relatively small and can be left in place on the windshield or they can be removed between missions.

    The price is similar to what they have been in the past, but now you will be able to order them on this WEB site and have them mailed to you or, in some cases, have them delivered to you at a mission.  There are extra costs to ship them.  If you order them on line, you can use your credit card, but the price MAY be adjusted to cover the service charge.  If you pick them up in person, you may pay in cash or by check.  Garland "PAPA" Raney, whom you see on many missions, will carry a supply for sale.  See pricing below.  Any profits from these banners will deposited in the respective PGR bank accounts and used to support our Mission Statement.  This is NOT a private, for-profit venture.

    We expect our first supply of these banners will go quickly, but we will do our best to keep them in stock.  For now, to order, please send an E-Mail to Harold@ntxpgr.org stating:

    1. Which type you want (inside or outside)
    2  How many of each
    3.  Your COMPLETE mailing address.  They are sent by US Mail if shipped.
              If you do not want them mailed, suggest an alternate method and we will discuss that by E-Mail. 
    4.  You will receive an electronic invoice by E-Mail.  Please watch for this E-Mail from
             "North Texas Patriot Guard Riders via PayPal" and pay as instructed.  We, the providers of this WEB site, do
             not ever see your credit card information.  Your credit card E-Mail and statement may reference TeleHobbies, Inc.,
            as he payee (the providers of this WEB site and PayPal interface).
    5.  If you have any questions, ask them in this ordering E-Mail for tracking purposes.  You will not be billed until your questions
            are answered, so be sure to check back quickly.  Your order will not be shipped until the invoice is paid!

    TODAY'S PRICING:
       Normal Static Cling Windshield Banner:  $13.00
      Reverse Print Static Cling Windshield Banner: $15.00
      Shipping and Handling: $  5.00
      Transaction Charge - FREE Today! $  0.00

    From The Memorial Service of Sgt. Calvin Reid Creamier, Jr.
    Posted: 07/29/2015
    I wish to extend my gratitude and appreciation from the family for all the services the Patriot Guard Riders have provided to our family during this time of loss. Having the Patriot Guard Riders made this occasion a little special for our brother and I know he is looking down from Heaven with a BIG smile on his face.

    My husband was very honored and moved by your presence at the memorial service. Your presence made this mission that much more special and it is very much appreciated. We were able to fulfill Calvin's final wishes and I know he would be grateful as well. Thanks again for all your service and everything you do.

    Please pass this "Thank You" along to all the volunteers who made this day a little more special.

    On a personal note, it was a pleasure getting to meet you and talk with you. You helped lighten my load during this process and it was nice talking to someone who I know cared. Thanks again for your service.

    Sincerely,
    Sheila Creamier
    From the Wife of Walter McMahon
    Posted: 07/26/2015
     To God's Army of Angels,
    Strangers when we met,
    Friends and family soon after.
    Your love, support, kindness
    carried me through a very
    difficult time.

    I'll always recommend
    you to others and in time
    give you my support.

    But in the meantime,
    keep safe and may God
    cover you with eagles'
    wings.

    Love,
    Terri Meister McMahon
    From the Family of Colonel Russell
    Posted: 07/25/2015
    On Monday, 20 July 2015, we laid to rest a great patriot and a man among men. You and the Patriot Guard showed much respect for him and it is difficult to put into words how much we appreciate your being there. My Mother didn’t really know what to expect, but after meeting you at the viewing she knew the send off Duane would be receiving would be more than she hoped for. You and your fellow PGR members in attendance Monday made the day more special than we could have believed. I know the Colonel was pleased. You stood fast and held the line, even in extreme heat. The young airmen that were there with the Air Force Honor Guard could learn a lot from you all. I am proud to be associated with you and to have had the honor of the Patriot Guard Riders present on such a sad day. Thank you again for accepting the mission and being there for him as he was for me.

    Sincerely,
    Ken Stout
    From The Herman Sexton Mission
    Posted: 07/18/2015
    Facebook Page Launched By North Texas Deputy State Captain
    Posted: 07/17/2015
    Fellow North Texas PGR,

    A Facebook business page has been launched and you are invited to visit it. Please note that the purpose of this page is purely social. NO MISSION INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE. Please continue to use the North Texas PGR WEB site and Mission Calendar for your one and only trusted source for mission information.

    The Facebook page will be used for non-mission information, events, etc. We sometimes get invitations to events where Riders may wish to participate, but due to the work required, calendar space, and other considerations, we may not be able to post them on our WEB site. This gives us a place to post them where you can view them. It can also be used when we have events such as Meet and Greets. Events on Facebook let everyone choose if they are coming or not and let others view who's coming. I'm sure there are other possibilities, but bear with me as I am a Facebook rookie.

    Check it out by logging onto Facebook and searching for North Texas Patriot Guard Riders. Save as one of your favorites for easier navigation and hit the "like" button as well.

    Thanks,
    Bryan Read
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders

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    From The Bobby Beck Mission
    Posted: 07/12/2015
    How does one begin to say, "Thank you," for all that you have done for my dad, Bob Beck? We were so grateful for your presence and escort to Gooseneck Cemetery, Dad’s final resting place. You filled our hearts with an abundance of pride; I know Dad was also watching with a great deal of gratitude as well.

    Upon arrival at the cemetery, seeing all of the flags displayed, again filled our hearts with gratefulness. It meant the world having each of you there with us and we are forever indebted for your presence.

    My dad’s passing on the 4th of July was so poignant as he loved our country more than anyone I’ve ever known. His patriotism was exceeded only by the love and honor in his heart that he so proudly displayed towards his country.

    Thank you for greeting our guests at the church, for escorting us to the cemetery, and for setting out the flags, each and every one so perfectly, and so beautifully. Our hearts are forever appreciative. God bless each of you and God bless the United States of America.

    Gratefully yours,
    Lisa and Dr. (Major) Norm Gonzales, USAF (Ret)
    From The Billy Ebarb Mission
    Posted: 07/10/2015
    I wanted to send you an email on mine and my family's behalf, thank you very much for coming out and taking pictures of my papa, Billy Ebarb's gravesite ceremony. I received the CD in the mail a couple of days ago and the pictures came out amazing. Thank you for putting it together and allowing my family and I to remember him in a honorable way. Thank you from the Looper family. Take care

    -Reina Looper and family
    From The Bill Reich Mission
    Posted: 07/08/2015
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    Posted: 05/14/2015
    This is NOT a free advertisement for Amazon! This is simply letting PGR members know that, if they make purchases from Amazon in a specific way, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase (0.5% of the purchase price) to the Patriot Guard Riders of Texas!  It may not sound like much, but added together, could be a significant amount of money.  The donations go to the Texas State Bank Account, not to any particular region.

    The next time you intend to make a purchase from Amazon, go to http://www.smile.amazon.com and put your selected  items into your cart as normal. Not all items qualify for the donation, but those that are should be marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation".   On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you should select "Patriot Guard Riders of Texas" to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

    If you have any questions about this process, please contact Harold@ntxpgr.org. Remember to go to smile.amazon.com and not amazon.com.  Click on more information for additional documentation.
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