US Navy Veteran

  The family of Christopher Eckert has requested the services of the Patriot Guard Riders. Petty Officer Eckert passed away at the young age of 44; he was a 20-year veteran of the US Navy, was a Gulf War veteran, and did 9 overseas tours. According to his sister, he was also an avid motorcycle rider, as is most of his family. A number of his family members have expressed a desire to ride with the PGR as we escort Christopher to his final resting place, and we will be honored to have them join us. His older brother will be riding Christopher’s bike.

  This mission will consist of a flag line at the funeral home one hour prior to the service, an escort from Huntington, WV to the Donel C. Kinard Veteran’s Cemetery in Institute, WV, and a flag line at the cemetery for the final service. Your participation in all, or any part of, this mission will be greatly appreciated.


Staging location: Beard Mortuary, 3001 3rd Ave, Huntington WV

Staging time: 0930-0950, mission brief at 0955, flag line in place by 1000

Service: 1100

RCIC: Dave Shaffer

Additional info: The escort will likely take place on I-64. If you are flying a flag, it MUST be able to withstand highway speeds for a distance of approx 35 miles. There will be LEO support for a portion of the escort.


Buddy Palla

WVPG ASC-south

Huntington, WV 25702