David Michael Parker, USMC VN Veteran – Barboursville, WV – 4 Mar 14



The family of David Michael Parker has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to stand in honor of their loved one at his memorial service on Tuesday, March 4th, at the Wallace Funeral Home in Barboursville, WV. David proudly served in the Vietnam War as a United States Marine; we will be honored to stand for him.
This is a memorial mission only…there will not be an escort after the service. Your mode of transportation is up to you, cage or bike, but please travel safely and dress appropriately for the weather. We will stand up a flag line one hour prior to the service; once the service starts, the mission will terminate.

Staging time: 1130-1150, brief at 1150, flag line in place NLT 1200 hrs.

Staging location: Wallace Funeral Home, 1159 Central Ave, Barboursville, WV http://tinyurl.com/qh6g92x

Service: 1300 hrs

RCIC: Buddy Palla

Buddy Palla
WV ASC-south

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  1. ** Mission Accomplished **

    The air was still cold, and some of the roads were still a mess from Monday’s ice and snow storm, but four PGR members made it out to the Wallace Funeral Home in Barboursville, WV, to stand in honor of David Michael Parker, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam veteran. Thank you Fred, Dean, and Larry for going the extra mile today.
    We had a short mission brief, and established the flag line on time. As family members arrived, they stopped to thank us for being there to honor David…a couple of them voiced their surprise that we had come out at all, since the weather had been so bad in the previous 24 hours.
    Just before the service began, Dean and I made the presentations of the condolence book, plaque, and Governor’s memoriam to the family. David’s only next of kin were his brother and sister, and we had a book, plaque, and memoriam for each of them. They expressed their gratitude to us for being there today, and we made it clear it was an honor for us to be there. With the presentations over, we exited the chapel area and the mission was terminated. David had been cremated so there was no escort/burial or interment service.
    This was a very small funeral service, and the PGR had a small number there, but whether the numbers are small or great, the important thing to remember is that “we remembered”. A veteran, who served his country, ended his watch here on earth in the company of those who know the meaning of sacrifice, duty, and honor.

    Buddy Palla
    WV Patriot Guard, Assistant State Captain- South
    USN- VT-28, VT-31, VA-85 (AMH-2)
    ANG- 130AW (CMSgt- Retired)
    Desert Shield/Desert Storm/OIF/OEF/GWOT

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