The West Virginia Patriot Guard has been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for PFC James Edward Blake, US Army, Vietnam Veteran, on Wednesday, 27 July.  James went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, 19 July.


   Funeral services will be held beginning at 1300 at the Bartlett Funeral Home, 202 McGraw Ave., Grafton, WV (  Visitation services will be from 1000-1300, also on Wednesday.


   Following the services, interment will be in the West Virginia National Cemetery, Pruntytown, WV at 1400.


   Due to the severe weather conditions we’ve been experiencing, we will stage at the funeral home NLT 1115 and maintain our flag line from 1130 until start of services.  PLEASE, when arriving at the funeral home, due so as quietly as possible so as not to disturb the ongoing visitation.  Please ensure you dress and travel appropriately and, above all, ensure you are properly hydrated.


   WV Ride Captain Doug Geary ( is the RCIC for this most honorable mission.


   Understanding this is a workday for many, please make a concerted effort to attend and show your appreciation for PFC Blake’s service to our Country.

   Please also visit the mission thread and post a few words of condolence for one of our own.  Thread located at: