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West Virginia Patriot Guard
Riding With Honor and Respect
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.
The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to stand in silent Honor and Respect for Brady W. “Bill” Kinkes, WWII U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, who went to be with the Lord on Sunday, 19 May. Bill is the Father of PGR member Vickie Hossman.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, 22 May, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 214 Marshall St., McMechen, WV (http://tinyurl.com/ljyhfbc) from 1900-2100.
Services will be held on Thursday, 23 May 13, at the funeral home beginning at 1300. Interment will follow in McMechen Cemetery located about 200 yards from funeral home.
WV RC Cheryl Skinner (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the RCIC of this most honorable mission.
Staging for visitation will be at the funeral home at 1830. Briefing will be 1845 with the flag line in place NLT 1900 and maintained until 2100.
Staging for the services will be at the funeral home at 1130. Briefing at 1145 with flag line in place NLT 1200 and maintained until start of services. Flag line will also be provided at graveside services.
Early weather forecast is for temperatures in the low 70’s with a 60% chance of showers. Please dress and travel accordingly.
Understanding this is a work day for many, if at all possible please make a concerted effort to attend as we say “Thank You” and bid farewell to another of America’s Greatest Generation.
The family of “Steve” McGlaughlin has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to attend the final service for their loved one. Steve is another Vietnam Veteran who fought, but lost, his battle with cancer; we will be honored to stand for him. This mission will consist of a flag line at the funeral home, an escort to the cemetery, and a flag line at the cemetery. This will be our first PGR funeral mission at the new Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veteran’s Cemetery.
Please remember to bring your 3×5 flags, dress for the weather, and if your bike/cage is equipped to safely fly flags, please come prepared to do so. This will be a relatively low-speed escort through through town, approximately 3 miles in length.
Date: Monday, 20 May 13
Staging time: 1030-1045, mission brief at 1050, flag line in place by 1100.
Staging location: Keller Funeral Home 1236 Myers Ave, Dunbar, WV http://tinyurl.com/am3j6ap
Service time: 1200
Current weather forecast: Partly cloudy, high in the mid 80s
RCIC: Buddy Palla (I have a personal connection with the family)
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for MRSN William Allen Duvall, USN Veteran and PGR member, who went to be with the Lord on 15 May 13 at his home in Weirton, WV.
Visitation services will tomorrow (Saturday), 18 May, at Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3229 Main St., Weirton, WV (http://tinyurl.com/b8gmlf2) from 1600-1900 with memorial service to follow.
Interment will be in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, Bridgeville, PA at a later date. The family HAS requested an escort from the funeral home. Information on that will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Staging will be at the funeral home at 1530. Mission brief at 1545 with flag line in place NLT 1600 and maintained until start of services at 1900.
Weather forecast for tomorrow is for temperatures near 80 and a 40% chance of showers. Please travel and dress accordingly. Please ensure you are properly hydrated.
If at all possible, please make a concerted effort to attend this mission to say good bye to one of our own.
PFC Gary Phillips US Army Vietnam Era Veteran 1966-1972
HHC 931st Engineer Group Third US Army
Marksman Badge (M-14) National Defense Service Metal
The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to stand in silent honor for PFC Gary Phillips. Kevin Geisel of West Virginia has been assigned as the Ride Captain for this mission of honor.
Services 11 MAY 13:McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home
314 Fourth Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Staging: 13:30 HRS (1;30PM)
Start Time: 1400 HRS (2:00PM)
End Time: 1800 HRS (6:00PM)
The family of Gary Phillips has asked that the Patriot Guard stand a Flag Line for the duration of the visitation and services times mentioned above. There will be no internment in any cemetery, however there will be a small gathering after the services at the VFW in Marietta the family has asked us to do an escort to in honor of PFC Gary Phillips.
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Please Use your best judgment in mode of transportation and dress appropriately.
Kevin P. Geisel
The Patriot Guard has been invited to escort the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall (BringingHometheWall) and the Quilt of Tears from Princeton to Rainelle on Wednesday May 22rd for the Memorial Day weekend. This is the third year we have provided this escort to honor the WV Veterans Reunion in Rainelle prior to their departure for the Run to the Wall. The ride captain will be Pat Hanifin, Sr.
STAGING: Little General Store / BP Gas Station
1000 Oakvale Road
STAGING TIME: 9:30 a.m.
MISSION BRIEFING: 9:45 a.m.
KSU: 10:00 a.m.
As always, cages and/or bikes are welcome. If you plan to fly a 3 x 5 flag please be sure to test it at interstate speeds for safety before the mission. The current weather forecast is for temperatures in the 70’s, but should be confirmed closer to the actual date. Please follow this thread for additional updates.
Pat Hanifin, Sr.
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for SSgt Wilfred Myers, US Army, World War II Veteran of the Philippines who went to be with the Lord on Sunday, 5 May 13.
Services will be at 1000 on Wednesday, 8 May 13, at St Matthew Lutheran Church, 1057 Boggs Run Road, Benwood, WV (http://tinyurl.com/cea4stu). Interment to follow in Halcyon Hills Cemetery, Route 88, Wheeling, WV (http://tinyurl.com/cabtzmp).
Staging will be at the church at 0830. Briefing will be a 0845 with flag line in place NLT 0900 and maintained until start of services.
West Virginia RC Cheryl Skinner (email@example.com) is the RCIC of this most honorable mission.
Early weather forecast is for a chance of showers and temperatures around 70. Please dress and travel accordingly.
Understanding this is a work day, please make an effort to attend to say “Thank You” and farewell to another of America’s Greatest Generation.
Tri-State Airport, Huntington, WV 11 May 13 **
The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to participate at a very special event. This will be the first Honor Flight mission in West Virginia, and we are very excited to be able to honor our WWII and Korea veterans on their special day. These will be flag line-only missions at The Tri-State Airport (HTS) in Huntington, WV; we will have a send-off mission as the heroes depart, and a welcome home for them when they arrive back to HTS later that night.
These heroes will be arriving individually at the airport, and some of them will need assistance getting inside the terminal. I have offered our services in helping these heroes in any way we can, and the Honor Flight Director is most appreciative. We will be helping to get the heroes to the proper registration table, and assisting them in any way we can; this may involve helping them to the aircraft since HTS does not have jetways. There are currently 89 WWII and Korea veterans scheduled to participate in this Honor Flight.
This is a two-part mission; you can choose either the morning or evening mission, but if your schedule will allow you to make it to both, it would be great. Remember to bring your 3×5 flags. Parking locations will be finalized next week, so be sure to check this thread for updates prior to the 11th.
Staging information for the Send-off is as follows:
Location: Tri-State Airport, Huntington, WV (just off Exit 1 on I-64) http://tinyurl.com/c5tgvq8
Time: 0530-0545, mission brief @ 0550 (veterans will begin arriving at 0600)
Details: We will assist with, unloading, registration, set up a flag line for boarding, and may need to assist with helping vets to board around 0700. When all vets have boarded, the mission will terminate (approx. 0745).
Staging information for the Welcome Home is as follows:
Location: Same, but staging for the return will be in a different physical location at the airport (General Aviation ramp).
Details: We may need to help with the de-planing of the vets, we will be allowed to set the flag line at the airplane upon their arrival, and may need to help hand out gifts that will be presented to each returning veteran.
Current RCIC (subject to change): Buddy Palla, WVPG ASC-South, 304-610-1324
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to be present to honor WWII and Korean Wars Heroes as they travel to Washington, DC on the Honor Flight.
We will be present at their departure, approximately 0630 and for their return around 2200 on 11 May 2013.
This will take place at Tri-State Airport, 1449 Airport Road, Huntington, WV.
Details will be provided when mission is posted on our National site.