The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the return of SFC Tyler Westbrook, U.S. Army (AD) SF Veteran of our ongoing GWOT on 4, 5 and 6 Sep 15.  Tyler went to take his rightful place as the newest Angel in God’s Army on Friday, 28 Aug 15 at Fort Carson, CO.

This will be a multi-state mission as the Ohio PGR will handle the escort on Friday as well as the visitation on Saturday and the West Virginia PGR will handle his services and internment on Sunday. Please follow this thread for RC assignment as well as staging information for Friday and Saturday.  Bob Woods will have that information shortly.

Tyler will be returning on Friday, 4 Sep, to the Akron-Canton Airport, 5400 Lauby Rd., North Canton, OH (https://tinyurl.com/qbg8o7l).  Information on his arrival will be provided by the Ohio RC at the staging area briefing.  Please follow his/her directions and remember, NO firearms are permitted on airport property.

Tyler will be escorted to the Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, 408 Front St., Marietta, OH (https://tinyurl.com/okfusuu).  Procession will pass through Tyler’s hometown of Williamstown, WV prior to going to the funeral home.  A contingent of riders will meet the procession at Exit 25, I-77S, Caldwell, OH.

West Virginia District 3 RC Jerry Stanley (jstan97@gmail.com) will be the RCIC for the West Virginia portion of this escort on Friday.

Staging for  the WV portion on Friday will be at the West Virginia Welcome Center, exit 185 of I-77S at 1830. 

Visitation services will be on Saturday from 1200-2000 at the funeral home.

Staging will be at the funeral home at 1030, per the Ohio State Captain.

**********STAGING  INFORMATION FOR 06 SEP 15**********

West Virginia District Captain Tracy Youmans (resdep@gmail.com) is the designated Ride Captain in Charge of this most honorable mission.

Initial staging for Tyler’s final services will be at Cawley & Peoples Funeral Home, 408 Front St., Marietta, OH (https://tinyurl.com/okfusuu).

Staging time: 1100

Briefing: 1115

KSU at the discretion of the funeral director but expect departure around 1140.  If you wish to participate in escorting Tyler to Williamstown High School, please ensure you arrive at the appointed time.

Escort will be provided to Williamstown High School, 219 W. Fifth St., Williamstown, WV (https://tinyurl.com/oew4jaa), a distance of approximately 2 miles.

Flag line will be established for the dignified transfer of Tyler into the High School for his services.

At the conclusion of services, our flag line will be set up once again as Tyler is once again transferred to the hearse for his final journey to Riverview Cemetery, Williamstown, WV (https://tinyurl.com/nepju8q), a distance of slightly over a mile.  The cemetery is level but all roads are gravel.  Kickstand plates are recommended for all 2-wheel motorcycles.

Upon arrival at the cemetery, our flag line will be set once again and maintained until the conclusion of graveside services.

Per the families’ request, at the conclusion of graveside services we will provide an escort for them to their home, at which time our mission will officially be complete.

As a note to all riders, although West Virginia is a helmet state the mayor of Williamstown has indicated they will be optional for all segments of this most honorable mission.  Please ensure you ride as safely as possible should you choose to remove your helmet.

Weather forecast for the Canton and Marietta areas on Friday and Saturday is for sunny skies with temperatures in the high 80’s.  Please dress and travel accordingly keeping yourself properly hydrated.

Weather forecast for Sunday in Williamstown is for cloudy skies with temperatures in the high 70’s and a 30% chance of rain.

Understanding this is a holiday weekend, please make a concerted effort to attend this most honorable mission as we say “Thank You” and “God Speed” to another of our young heroes who gave so much of himself for YOUR freedom and liberty.