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MAY 2015
Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday 
26 27 28
29 30 May 01

  • A2C
        Billie Strawn
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Greenville

  • SP5
        James Williams
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 02

    Annual MEMORIAL Run to the VAMC in Oklahoma City, OK

  • Cpl
        Troy Childress
    [Ride Captain: Kelly Darst]
    (Funeral, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:45 - Leonard


  • Pvt
        Elton Fitzgerald
    [Ride Captain: Brian Liberty]
    (Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     14:30 - Stephenville
  • 03

  • Tony Short
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Carrollton
    Mission Report
  • 04

  • Jerry Green
    [Ride Captain: Phil Robinson and Bill Kushnir]
    (First Responder Visitation, Funeral, Interment)
    Staging:
     08:45 - Sherman
     14:00 - Richardson


  • PVT
        Roger Seele
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • Madison Moore
    [Ride Captain: Paul Switzer]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • Scott Lake
    [Ride Captain: Bill Holcomb]
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     14:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 05 06

  • Tribute to Jake Chandler - KIA April 2014
    [Ride Captain: Carl Feltner]
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     08:00 - Tom Bean
    Mission Report

  • Blue Star Memorial Marker Dedication Ceremony
    [Ride Captain: Wendy Ingersoll]
    (Ceremony)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery
  • 07

  • Pvt
        William Myre
    [Ride Captain: Jim Wiggins]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Greenville
    Mission Report

  • Paul Williams
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Funeral Service)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Ft Worth
    Mission Report

  • James Billhymer
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report
  • 08

  • Cpl
        Harold Pilkington
    [Ride Captain: Jammie Yaw]
    (Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Hurst
     09:30 - DFW Cemetery



  • Paul Williams
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     08:30 - Ft Worth
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery

    Mission Report
  • 09

  • Vietnam War Welcome Home Event
    STAND DOWN
    [Ride Captain: Brian Liberty]
    (Ceremonial Event)
    Place:
     07:00 - Westworth Village

  • Sgt
        Bobby Proffitt
    [Ride Captain: Sylvia Miller]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Midlothian


  • SSG
        Bobby Gregory
    [Ride Captain: Bryan Read]
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Dublin

  • Freddie Hammond
    [Ride Captain: Brian Liberty]
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Waxahachie
  • 10 MOTHER'S DAY 11 12 13

  • MSgt
        Thomas Henley
    [Ride Captain: Darl Easton]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:00 - North Richland
                     Hills
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery



  • A1C
        Michael Hale
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery


  • Gary Hale
    [Ride Captain: Mike Moore]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Lewisville
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery

  • 14

  • Randy Dillow
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Waxahachie
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery



  • Sgt
        Ronald Smith
    [Ride Captain: Jim Anderson]
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     12:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • MM
        Robert Lusk
    [Ride Captain: Darl Easton
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery


  • CPL
        Tommy Rivers
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     17:00 - Ft Worth
  • 15 PEACE OFFICER
          MEMORIAL DAY

               
       Flags At Half Staff

  • Sgt
        Armando Monroy
    [Ride Captain: Garland Raney]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     09:30 - Garland
     12:15 - DFW Cemetery



  • 2nd Annual Texas Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Motorcycle Ride
    See Itinerary For Possible Changes Due To Weather.
    [Ride Captain: Ken DuBois]
    (Kick-off Dinner)
    Staging:
     17:30 - Mesquite
  • 16 ARMED FORCES DAY

  • 2nd Annual Texas Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Motorcycle Ride
    See Itinerary For Possible Changes Due To Weather.
    [Ride Captain: Ken DuBois]
    (Presentations)
    Staging:
     06:30 - Mesquite


  • Information Booth At Heroes of Midlothian Benefit
    (Hold Mouse Over Above Event For More Information)
    Starting:
     07:30 - Midlothian ISD
                   Stadium


  • Heroes of Midlothian 5k and Festival
    [Ride Captain: Mark Ingersoll]
    (Mission Pending)
    Starting:
     07:30 - Midlothian ISD
                   Stadium



  • Run For The Wall Arrival Flag Line
    [Ride Captain: Darl Easton]
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     17:30 - Grand Prairie
  • 17

  • Run For The Wall Departure Flag Line
    STAND DOWN
    Due To Weather.

    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     07:00 - Grand Prairie

  • 2nd Annual Texas Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Motorcycle Ride
    STAND DOWN
    Rescheduled For 05/24/2015 .

    [Ride Captain: Ken DuBois]
    (Presentations)
    Staging:
     06:30 - Mesquite
  • 18

  • Gregory Knight
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     09:45 - DFW Cemetery
  • 19

  • 2Lt
        Joseph Sullivan
    [Ride Captain: Jammie Yaw]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report

  • Lcpl
        Jared Johnson
    See Itinerary Update - Registration Is Required.
    [Ride Captain: Bill Kushnir]
    (Joint ADD Mission With East Texas - Honor Guard)
    Staging:
     17:00 - DFW Airport

  • 20

  • SSG
        Johnny Ellis
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • Major
        Lloyd Dodson
    [Ride Captain: Kelley Darst]
    (Funeral, Procession, Interment)
    Staging:
     12:45 - Bonham
    Mission Report

  • LCDR
        Duane Canon
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     12:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 21

  • William McFarland
    [Ride Captain: Mike Moore]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     10:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • SGT
        Loyd Fletcher
    [Ride Captain: Sylvia Miller]
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Burleson
  • 22

  • SN
        Charles Horton
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     11:45 - DFW Cemetery


  • LCDR
        Donald Portch
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     13:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • Memorial Weekend Celebration for Veterans at Healthcare Unit
    STAND DOWN
    Due To Weather.

    [Ride Captain: Barbara Johnson]
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     13:15 - Bowie
  • 23

  • Russell Martin
    [Ride Captain: Wendy Ingersoll]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     08:15 - DFW Cemetery


  • City of Crowley Veterans Memorial Plaza Dedication
    [Ride Captain: Rick Crabb]
    (Community Event)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Crowley
    Mission Report

  • Capt
        Jackie Stanley
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab
    (Funeral, Interment Services)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Denton
    Mission Report

  • PFC
        Earnest Mays
    [Ride Captain: Brian Liberty]
    (Visitation/Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     12:00 - Mansfield
    Mission Report

  • Information Booth At Dallas Harley Davidson Military Appreciation Day
    (Hold Mouse Over Above Event For More Information)
    Starting:
     11:00 - Garland
  • 24

  • 2nd Annual Texas Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Motorcycle Ride
    STAND DOWN
    Rescheduled For 05/31/2015 .

    Rescheduled From 05/17/2015 .
    [Ride Captain: Ken DuBois]
    (Presentations)
    Staging:
     06:30 - Mesquite

  • Memorial Day Observance
    [Ride Captain: Bob Heuchert]
    (Flag Line And Ride Out After Ceremony)
    Staging:
     13:00 - Iowa Park

  • Carry The Load National Relay
    [Ride Captain: Gary Dunn]
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     13:30 - Dallas
    Mission Report

  • Hobart Hilliard
    [Ride Captain: Rick Crabb]
    (Procession, Interment Service)
    Staging:
     15:30 - Kerens
    Mission Report
  • 25 MEMORIAL DAY
               
       Flags At Half Staff
      Sunrise Until Noon


  • Information Booth At Forest Hill Memorial Day Ceremony
    (Hold Mouse Over Above Event For More Information)
    Starting:
     08:00 - Forest Hill

  • Skyvue Funeral Home Annual Memorial Day Celebration
    [Ride Captain: Ted Waldron]
    (Memorial Day Celebration)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Mansfield
    Mission Report

  • Blue Bonnet Hills Funeral Home Memorial Day Service
    [Ride Captain: Gary Dunn]
    (Memorial Day Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Colleyville
    Mission Report

  • 30th Annual Memorial Day Services
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Community Event At Moore Funeral Home)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Arlington
    Mission Report

  • Memorial Day BBQ
    [Ride Captain: Jim Wiggins]
    (Holiday Celebration)
    Staging:
     11:00 - Greenville
    Mission Report

  • Portrait Presentation To Gold Star Mother
    [Ride Captain: Rick Crabb]
    (Presentation)
    Staging:
     16:30 - Ennis
    Mission Report

  • Memorial Day Ceremony at Wichita County Cemetery
    [Ride Captain: Mike Jonson]
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     07:20 - Wichita Falls
    Mission Report

  • American Legion Post 120 Memorial Day Ceremony
    [Ride Captain: Mike Jonson]
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     09:00 - Wichita Falls
    Mission Report
  • 26 JOHN WAYNE'S
          BIRTHDAY


  • PFC
        Earnest Mays
    [Ride Captain: Brian Liberty]
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     09:15 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report
  • 27

  • Ernesto Delgado
    See Additional Information
    [Ride Captain: Bryan Read]
    (Joint West Texas Funeral, Procession, Interment Service)
    Staging:
     10:00 - Brownwood
    Mission Report
  • 28 29

  • MM1
        Juble Hendricks
    [Ride Captain: Dan Mathys]
    (Memorial Service)
    Staging:
     13:30 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report

  • Lt Col
        Glenn Harris
    [Ride Captain: Rusty McNab]
    (Inurnment Service)
    Staging:
     14:15 - DFW Cemetery
    Mission Report

  • AB
        Veletes Garretson
    [Ride Captain: Jammie Yaw]
    (Interment Service)
    Staging:
     14:30 - DFW Cemetery
  • 30
    31

  • 2nd Annual Texas Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Motorcycle Ride
    Rescheduled From 05/17/2015 .
    [Ride Captain: Ken DuBois]
    (Presentations)
    Staging:
     06:30 - Mesquite

  • Mostly sunny, with a temperature rising to near 83 by 8am, then falling to around 69 during the remainder of the day. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • June 01

  • Edward Galyean
    [Ride Captain: Garland Raney]
    (Joint Mission With East Texas - Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     09:30? - Rockwall?

  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Dallas
  • 02 03

  • Robert Thurman
    [Ride Captain: Mike Jonson]
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     09:00? - Wichita Falls?

  • Mostly sunny, with a high near 87.
    The Above Forecast Is For Dallas , Texas
    Wichita Falls
  • 04 05 06

  • Vietnam Wall Update Ceremony for National Vietnam War Museum
    [Ride Captain: Bryan Read]
    (Mission Pending)
    Staging:
     08:45? - Mineral Wells?
  • 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.
    Color Legend:  KIA-Killed In Action Active Duty Death Veteran HOTH Other Missions Red River Mission Information Only
      Total Missions Metroplex Red River Area Non-Funeral Information Only Calendar Page Views Total Page Views
    May 61 56 5 14 4 ? ?
    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
    Total 209 191 18 16 4 36,744 62,390+
    Key To Missions On The Calendar Above
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    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
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    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

    Signed North Texas PGR Flag Makes It To Washington, D.C.
    Posted: 05/29/2015
    A Patriot Guard Rider Flag signed by many North Texas members was carried to Washington, D.C. by Jon "Weasel" Meleshenko riding in the Run For The Wall.

    To see more photos, click here.
    From The Michael Hale Mission
    Posted: 05/28/2015
    My name is Dane Francis and I am the nephew of Officer Mike Hale, who was laid to rest out at Arlington National Cemetery a couple of weeks ago.

    It was a stormy day like many we have had lately. We drove in the procession from Farmers Branch all the way out to Grand Prairie and it rained on us the whole way there. The motorcycle police did an outstanding job of getting us there. I was so moved that they stood, at attention, in the rain in a salute as a show of respect to my Uncle who served in the Air Force as we drove into the cemetery.

    I was even more moved when we finally got to the grave site and there was the Patriot Guard all standing, in the rain, at attention, in salutes as a show of respect for a fallen brother. It brings tears of pride to my eyes just writing these words and remembering that site.

    You and your organization are what America is and what we stand for. On behalf of my family, I would like to thank you and those men and women that were out, in the rain, taking care of my family as we said Goodbye to our loved one.

    God Bless you all for your service!
    Dane Francis
    From The Hobart Hilliard Mission
    Posted: 05/26/2015
    Thank you, Patriot Guard Riders, for honoring the memory of my grandfather. Having you there made the occasion one that will be remembered for all time. We so appreciate your mission and what you do to honor those who have served and their families. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you from the Hilliard family
    What Did You Do For Memorial Day?
    Posted: 05/26/2015
    When you are asked by family, friends, coworkers, etc. "What did you do on your Memorial Day weekend?" I’ve got your reply..........

    You ensured honor and respect were shown to four of our nation’s Veterans by standing tall and silent as they were laid to rest. You supported a Veteran Memorial Dedication showing several local Gold Star families that the sacrifice their loved ones gave is not forgotten. You answered the call for help from a Gold Star family faced with many challenges by bringing their family together and fulfilling their only request that the PGR being at the ceremony for them. You help the Carry the Load organization meet their mission of restoring the true meaning of Memorial Day. You showed your appreciation by supporting seven civic Memorial Day event requests made by partners that support us throughout the year. You staffed the information booth and participated as a guest speaker to help increase public awareness of the PGR and our mission at a time when folks are concerned about those who ride motorcycles and wear vests. And if that weren’t enough; in the height of a torrential storm, you gathered together and presented a Gold Star mom with a memory portrait of her son and made her Memorial Day special.

    What a group of special people. I am in awe and extremely proud.

    Thank you,
    Bryan
    "Cookie" and Donna Lambert
    Posted: 05/25/2015
    Fox4News.com | Dallas-Fort Worth News, Weather, Sports
    From The William E. McFarland Mission
    Posted: 05/22/2015
    Yesterday was hectic and crazy. So I wanted to take the time to THANK YOU and every single member of your team for being there to support my Uncle and his family. It really did mean the world to us to see y'all there.

    God Bless you and your crew for everything you do and everything you stand for!!

    Brandy Alexander
    Niece of William E. McFarland
    From The Family Of Mike Stanisci, Jr.
    Posted: 05/21/2015
    The family of Mike Stanisci, Jr. wishes to express their appreciation for the Patriot Guard Riders participating in his funeral service. Mike was a patriot and motorcyclist for many years. It was very special for the family to have your group attend the service and Honor him. The CD is a beautiful memory of his service. We express again our appreciation for the Patriot Guard Riders support and participation in Honoring Mike. May God Bless each of you.

    Sincerely,
    Linda Stanisci and Family
    April 28, 2015
    From The Family Of Nathan Waldron
    Posted: 05/19/2015
    Words Of Appreciation From Saturday's
    Texas Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Motorcycle Ride!
    Leila Is Jason D. (JD) Hunt's Sister. He Was Killed In The Fort Hood Shooting 11/05/2009
    Posted: 05/18/2015
    Words cannot describe my gratitude for what you guys did on Saturday. Thank you so much for remembering and honoring JD and for bringing the the incredibly beautiful portraits and plaque. My brother would be so humbled to know how much he is respected and loved. We don't have a big family...it is so amazing that you guys make him an important part of yours. It is truly an honor to accept those things for him from you all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    Love,
    Leila Willingham
    Purchases From AmazonSmile Earn Donations For PGR of Texas!
    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.
    Support Folks Needed
    Posted: 03/28/2015
    With spring fast approaching, we are trying to gear up for the warm to hot weather seasons, which are fast upon us. As most of you know, we, here in North Texas, are one of the busiest regions in the country for honor missions. Accordingly, that responsibility requires a very large effort by our Ride Captains and our support folks who provide flags, water, and expertise for every mission we undertake.

    Bottom line is, we really need more support people or support teams to spread the assets around the North Texas region we serve primarily in the DFW area.

    If you will consider discussing what is involved with me, please email me at catfishdunn@gmail.com so we can set up a time to talk. Even if you think you may only be able to support two or three missions a month, it will be a great help to our overall mission and cause.

    Thank you for standing tall with us and thank you in advance for considering the additional helpful step of taking on mission support.

    Sincerely,
    Gary "Catfish" Dunn
    LATEST CASUALTIES REPORTED IN MAY OF 2015

    2 AMERICAN PATRIOTS REPORTEDLY HAVE DIED THIS MONTH DEFENDING OUR FREEDOM
     Branch:
     ARMY
    Age:
    37
    Country:
    Operation Freedom's Sentinel
    Information Released:  .
    May 25, 2015  .

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

    Sgt. 1st Class Pablo A. Ruiz, 37, of Melbourne, Florida, died May 24, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.

    He was assigned to Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
     Branch:
     NAVY
    Age:
    21
    Country:
    Operation Inherent Resolve
    Information Released:  .
    May 18, 2015  .

    The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.

    Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, Colorado, died May 16, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident while on liberty. The incident is under investigation.

    He was assigned to USS Farragut (DDG 99), homeported in Mayport, Florida.

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