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NOVEMBER 2014
Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
26 27 28
29 30 31 HALLOWEEN
November 01
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS THIS NIGHT

  • SP5
        William Howell
    (Interment of Ashes)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Lancaster

  • Ms.
        Dawnyale Williams
    (Memorial, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     11:00 - Fort Worth
    Mission Report Mission Photos
  • 02 DAYLIGHT SAVING BEGINS 03

  • Andres Garza
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Grand Prairie
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report Mission Photos

  • Sgt
        Marshall Woolard
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - McKinney

  • Andy Shook
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     15:10 - Olney
    Mission Report
  • 04

  • Billie Whiteaker
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Italy

  • TSgt
        Simon Martinez
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Richardson

  • SGT
        Eddie Wilson
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Photos
  • 05

  • SN
        Danny Smithey
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Hurst
  • 06 07

  • SSgt
        Carl Brenneman
        Shelter Change
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery
  • 08

  • SPC
        James Nutt
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Ponder

  • Pfc
        Dennis Fuentes
    (Present Memory Portrait)
    Staging:
     12:15 - Seagoville

  • Hot Rods and
        Heroes

    (Recruitment Event)
    Staging:
     12:30 - Flower Mound

  • Riley Ransom
       STAND DOWN
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Fort Worth
  • 09

  • Sp4
        David Ford
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     16:00 - Dallas
  • 10 BIRTH OF THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS 1775

  • Sp4
        David Ford
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 11 VETERANS DAY

  • Veterans Day
          Ceremony

    (Veterans Day Ceremony)
    Staging:
     07:15 - Wichita Falls

  • Veterans Day
          Ceremony

    (Veterans Day Ceremony)
    Staging:
     08:00 - Bells

  • Veterans Day
          Ceremony

    (Veterans Day Ceremony)
    Staging:
     12:30 - Bonham

  • MSgt
        Fredrick Thornton
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     14:30 - Ft. Worth

  • Honoring
        SSG Travis Mills
    (Red Carpet Flag Line and National Anthem)
    Staging:
     16:30 - Dallas
  • 12

  • SFC
        Jack John
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:45 - DFW Cemetery

  • Cpl
        John Hootsell
    (Home Presentation)
    Staging:
     13:30 - Fort Worth,
  • 13

  • Anita Tauzin's
          Mother
        Bonnie Sexton
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • LTJG
        Jess Daniel
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     14:45 - Grapevine
  • 14

  • Herbert Lacour
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • Don Shipman
    (Inurnment service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Wichita Falls
  • 15

  • Randy Schroeder
    (Memorial Service, Procession)
    Staging:
     13:30 - Allen

  • Sgt
        Merle Secrest
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     13:30 - Gainesville
  • 16 17

  • PO2
        Stafford Carter
    See Map Correction
    (Procession, Interment Service
    Staging:
     12:30 - Arlington
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 18

  • Cpl
        Steven Young
    Part 2 Time Change
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     11:30 - Grand Prairie
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • SSG
        Kevin Phillips
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     11:30 - Colleyville

  • LTC
        Dallas Lynch
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery

  • Sgt
        Marshall Brown
    (Funeral, Procession, Inurnment)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Fort Worth


  • Sgt
        Ronald Rice
    (Family-less Veteran Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     13:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 19

  • SSgt
        Robert Davenport
    (Family-less Veteran Interment Service)
    Staging:
     08:45 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Photos

  • Traveling Wall
        Escort
    (Procession)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Richardson

  • SGM
        Charley Jensen
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:30 - DFW Cemetery

    FALLEN SOLDIER ALERT At DFW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
  • 20

  • LTC
        Jack Griffith
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Azle

  • Stephen Cox
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery

  • CPO
        Thomas Hanna
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     13:30 - Dallas

  • Gregory Kaiser
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery

  • Johnny Rigsby
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     17:00 - Savoy
  • 21

  • Johnny Rigsby
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     08:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • The Wall That Heals
    (Flag Line)
    Staging:
     08:15 - Richardson

  • John Velez
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Vernon

  • Royce Voyles
    (Visitation, Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Wichita Falls
    Mission Report

  • CW4
        Mark Kelsey
    (PGR Member Visitation)
    Staging:
     16:00 - Arlington
    Mission Report
  • 22

  • CW4
        Mark Kelsey
    (PGR Member Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     08:45 - Arlington

  • Richard Heard
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Arlington
    Mission Report
  • 23

  • Billy Williams
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     13:30 - Mesquite
  • 24 25

  • Zachary Drake
    (Procession, Military Honors)
    Staging:
     12:15 - Ft Worth
  • 26

  • CMSgt
        Carl Bolden
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     07:30 - Dallas
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • SSGT
        Ira Love
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Red Oak
  • 27 THANKSGIVING
           DAY
    28

  • LTC
        Dallas Lynch
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     14:45 - DFW Cemetery

  • Sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a south wind 5 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 29

  • 2LT
        Raymond Hunstable
    (Visitation, Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Waxahachie

  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a south southwest wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 30 December 01

  • MSgt
        Alfred Caisse
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 02 03 04 05

  • Tommy Browning
    (Mission Pending - Ride Captain: Carlton Emmons)
    Staging:
     12:30? - Ft Worth?
  • 06
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    IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS

    From The SN Danny Smithey Mission
    Posted: 11/16/2014
    Thank you to all the PGR members who honored my husband, Danny Smithey, at his funeral November 5, 2014.

    It was a beautiful tribute and I know he would have been very proud. I will always cherish the plaque that you presented to me. The PGR is a very honorable organization and I thank you all for standing for those who stood for us.

    Sincerely,
    Cindy Smithey
    From The Sgt Merle Secrest Mission
    Posted: 11/16/2014
    I speak for the entire family. We appreciate so much having these riders there braving the cold. They did an awesome job and gave Merle the send off he truly deserved. Such a special couple married 65 years. We want to thank all of you for the service you do and love. Ride on and be safe in all of them.

    Myrt Barnhill (Sister-In-Law)
    From The LTJG Jess Daniel Mission
    Posted: 11/15/2014
    Transcribed from a card received at the LTJG Jess Daniel Mission:

    What an honor to have the Patriot Riders attend the memorial service for our Veteran Jess Daniel. There are no words that can express our appreciation for the respect you have shown our family.

    (signed)

    Thanks so much!
    Judy Daniel

    We are grateful!
    Kim Morris
    From The Billie D Whiteaker Mission
    Posted: 11/13/2014
    Please extend our thank you to all of the North Texas Patriot Guard Riders who attended the Billie D Whiteaker funeral on November 4th. Your presence and support was greatly appreciated.

    The Phillips family
    New National President and Board of Directors
    Posted: 11/11/2014
    Brothers and Sisters of PGR,

    I have been and am honored to have served on the PGR BoD and as President of the finest organization I have ever been associated with. However, personal matters and my health demand more of my time. As such, these demands prompted my last minute decision not to seek another term on the National PGR BoD. I believe it would be more of a disservice to PGR to continue to serve on the BoD past the end of my first term than not.

    It gives me great pleasure to announce the new National President and Board of Directors. Mike “Staylow” Childree is now the President of PGR replacing me as the outgoing President. The new BoD elected Randy “Steam” Stevens to continue as VP of Captains, Robert “Bees” Butler as the new VP of Members, Shane “Desert Doc” Leiser to continue as Secretary and Lee “Pieman” Anderson to continue as Treasurer. These humble individuals have and will continue to serve our veterans and PGR well.

    I want to personally thank every Flag Line PGR member, for it is you, your honor and respect, that make the PGR organization a functioning reality.

    Robbie Smart
    President (Retired)
    Patriot Guard Riders
    From The Austin McCormack, Jr. Mission
    Posted: 11/04/2014
    I am writing to express my sincere appreciation for the presence of the Patriot Guard at my father’s funeral and interment, which were on October 24th. His name was Austin McCormack, Jr. and he was a WWII Veteran. I know that he would have loved to be honored in such a manner. The flags along the roadway were very inspiring and the members of the Guard who were lining the walkway from the parking lot to the entrance to the church were impressive. In an attempt to allow everyone to get the full impact, only my brother and I knew that the Guard would be present at the service. The result of that is that many of the nearly 50 immediate and extended family members at the funeral told me that it was their favorite part of the service. Being in the family car and following behind the motorcycles with their flags flying was definitely a highlight for me as was arriving at the cemetery and seeing the flags in a semicircle around the gravesite. I cannot thank John Blase, the ride captain, and Gary Dunn, the husband of my father’s secretary who first told me about the missions of the Patriot Guard, enough for making my father’s funeral something that his children, grandchildren, siblings and other family members will always remember.

    Sincerely,
    Ann McCormack Molash =
    First Impressions
    Posted: 11/02/2014
    I have just registered on the Patriot Guard web site. I am very interested in becoming involved with the organization. I have seen things in the past you have been involved with but yesterday it hit home. I was at a memorial service for Johan van der Colff in Wichita Falls and upon my arrival there were several members of the Patriot Guard in front of the church. I felt bad because I wanted to thank them for your support but they had left before I went back outside.

    I am a veteran as well as a paramedic/nurse and that is a field that is not appreciated very much. So it is very near to my heart when organizations such as yours show support. Please forward this email to the riders that were present.

    I would like to dedicate my time to support the members of our nation that justly deserve it. I live in Royse City, Texas, and would like to be involved with this organization.

    Thank you for your time and dedication to our unsung heroes,
    Douglas S Mestel
    It Is Snowball Express Time Again
    Posted: 09/17/2014
    It’s that time of year again for you to mark your calendars for Snowball Express. The 2014 Snowball Express dates are December 11th (arrival) thru Dec 15th (Departure). The venues are still a work in process, but I can tell you the families and volunteers will be staying in Downtown Fort Worth at multiple hotels. Anyone wishing to volunteer with Snowball Express will need to re-register, regardless if you have registered in past years and that will include acquiring a new Background Check. Snowball Express has incorporated a new database and for all PGR members you must register at https://signup.snowballexpress.org/ and set up your Login ID and Password. On the next page and under "Group" select "Patriot Guard Riders" in the drop down tab and then DO NOT select any "Activity Interests" if you only want to be assigned to escort/processions and/or security.

    It is very important that you do not pick any activity under the "Activity Interests" section to work unless you are planning on working that area and not be riding in processions or helping with security with the Patriot Guard Riders. EXAMPLE: If you sign up for "Ground Transportation" on a specific day, you will be assigned to a bus and then expected to be there.

    Failure to report to the "Activity Interest" that you have been assigned to by Snowball Express, will result in you not receiving the security clearance for future activities. All PGR riders who have registered and that did not select an "Activity Interest" and if there is NO procession will be asked to assist in security at/or between the hotels when needed or any area where Snowball Express and PGR Management Staff feels they need assistance.

    If you have already registered this year and need to make changes based on topics covered above, then you will need to log in to your account and make the necessary changes : Make Changes

    Additional details about Snowball Express 2014 will be posted as they become available.

    Ken DuBois
    Deputy State Captain
    North Texas Patriot Guard Riders

    For More Information From Snowball Express And Links To THEIR WEB Pages, Click Here
    LATEST CASUALTIES REPORTED IN NOVEMBER OF 2014

    3 AMERICAN PATRIOTS REPORTEDLY HAVE DIED THIS MONTH DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM
     Branch:
     Army
    Age:
    31
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    November 15, 2014  .

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, Michigan, died Nov. 14, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small arms fire while on dismounted combat operations.

    He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
     Branch:
     Army
    Age:
    49
    27
    Country:
    Afghanistan
    Information Released:  .
    November 26, 2014  .

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

    They died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.

    Killed were:
       Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, Maryland. He was assigned to Headquarters,
         United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York.
       Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, Ohio. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute
         Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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