Completed Missions

Category for Completed Missions

Wreaths Across America 2023

On December 16, 2023, the West Virginia Patriot Guard participated in 2 different locations. The first was at the WV National Cemetery in Pruntytown. There were 6 members gathered at the cemetery for a flag line. After the ceremony, members helped to place wreaths on the graves. This location was able to get enough wreaths to cover over 6200 graves.  The second part of the day was over at the Grafton National Cemetery, where many unknown Civil War soldiers are…

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 PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL DAY / Morgantown, WV, 07 Dec 2016

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for the PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL DAY EVENT.   The event will be held on December 7th, 2016   Time of Event will be 9:00 a.m.   Location of Event will be West Virginia University, in front of Oglebay    Staging: Will be at 8:30 a.m. at the event location. The local VFW’s will also be participating. Very Limited Parking has been made available in the lower level of the…

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CONFIRMED – GMC Michael J. Melton, U.S. Navy (RET), GWOT Veteran – Barboursville, WV – 07 Dec 15

The family of Chief Petty Officer (Ret) Michael J. Melton has requested the Patriot Guard Riders stand in honor of their loved one during his final services on Monday, December 7th. “Mike” had been fighting health issues for a number of years and passed away peacefully 3 Dec., with his family at his side. He faithfully served our country for 24 years as a Gunner’s Mate in the US Navy, and we will be honored to stand for him. This…

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HOTH – Welcome Home – Always Free Honor Flight – Princeton, WV – 19/21 May 15

Mrs. Dreama Denver, of The Denver Foundation, has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders as they embark on their sixth Always Free Honor Flight trip on May 20th. The name “Dreama Denver” may not be familiar to many, but I’m sure the name “Bob Denver” is (remember Gilligan on the TV show “Gilligan’s Island?); Dreama is “Mrs. Gilligan”! Unlike all of the Honor Flight missions we’ve had in the past that depart from airports, this one is actually…

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HOTH – GOME Wounded Warrior Escort – Beckley to Lewisburg, WV – 04 Jul 2014

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to escort a group of wounded warriors who are recuperating to Lewisburg. Travel will be from Tamarack Conference Center, 1 Tamarack Park, in Beckley, WV to Lewisburg, WV on Friday, July 4th, 2014 to attend the Greenbrier Classic. This is a great opportunity for us to show our troops how much we appreciate their contribution to freedom for all Americans. Ride Co-Captains: Pat Hanifin, Sr. patnpath@frontier.com 304-673-9780 Chuck Smith greenbriersurveying@yahoo.com 304-667-2729 Staging: 10:15…

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William “Bill” Kowalik, US Army, WWII Veteran – Follansbee, WV – 21 Jun 2014

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for William “Bill” Kowalik, Jr., U.S. Army, WWII Veteran, during his final services on Saturday, 21 Jun.  Bill went to be with the Lord on 17 Jun. Services will be at 1100 at the James Funeral Home, 1245 Main St., Follansbee, WV (https://tinyurl.com/k94v9bu). Mike Whitlatch (bumpnrun2462@aol.com) and Susan Whitlatch (nascarangel628@aol.com) are the RCIC of this most honorable mission. Staging will be at the funeral home at…

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SHORT NOTICE – Jerry Paugh, US Navy, Vietnam Veteran – Nutter Fort, WV – 19 Jun 2014

The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for Jerry Paugh, U.S. Navy, Vietnam Veteran, during his final services on Thursday, 19 Jun 14, in Nutter Fort, WV. Jerry was called home on Sunday, 15 Jun.  Services will be held at the Amos Carvelli Funeral Home, 201 Edison St., Nutter Fort, WV (https://tinyurl.com/opqkxd6) beginning at 1100.  Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.  WV RC Randy Rice (440236.rr@gmail.com) is the designated RCIC for…

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SHORT NOTICE – Lowell Billups, US Army Veteran – Ansted, WV – 17 Jun 2014

  The family of Lowell Douglas Billups, US Army veteran, has requested the Patriot Guard Riders to assist in final honors for their hero. Staging: Tuesday, June 17, 2012 @ 11:30 a.m. Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home 106 Holly Street Ansted, WV Briefing: 11:45 a.m. Flag line 12:00 p.m. until commencement of service at 2:00 p.m. Forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 84, and 20% chance of rain STAY HYDRATED! RCIC: Pat Hanifin, Sr. patnpath@frontier.com (304) 673-9780 An escort…

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