The Patriot Guard Riders have been asked to stand in silence and honor for Sgt. Blaine Elbert Harmon, age 83, U.S. Army, Korean Conflict, who was awarded the  Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal, with 3 bronze service stars . Before his final rest, he resided with his son-in-law and daughter, Deputy Gerry and Anna McGrath, who both are Patriot Guard Riders and LEO’s

Sgt. Harmon was a member of VFW Post, in Welch, WV (McDowell County).

This is a “NO BORDERS” MISSION, consisting especially of Virginia and West Virginia.  It will be a one-day event, held on Friday, 16 January 2015.


Staging will be at 12:45 PM, Friday, 16 January, at the below listed funeral home in Tazewell, VA.

Perry and St. Clair Funeral Home, 111 Ben Bolt Ave., Tazewell, VA 24651.   The contact number for the funeral home is 276.988.4190

 Viewing Times & Funeral Service:  16 January 2015, Family Viewing at 12:00 Noon, Friends and Public at 13:00 hours, with Funeral Services at 14:00 hours at the Funeral Home.

A PGR Flag Ling will be present during friends/public/ visitation.


THE ESCORT/Cemetery Flag Line:

KSU: Approximately 15:00 hours.  SINCE THE WX is predicated to be cold, CAGES are encouraged and welcomed.  If you mount your flags, make sure they are very secure, whether it be on a bike or cage. For the FLAG LINE AT THE FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN 3×5 Flag, since VA-PGR, District 1, (Western VA) does not have any extra flags.

Burial will be immediately following the service at the Hartwell Family Cemetery.  Escort will be approximately 40 minutes plus or minus, and could be one hour according to traffic on mountainous roads.

NOTE:  Since this is mountainous terrain, it is necessary to inform the NO BORDERS PGR TEAM of the Escort Route:  They are as follows – From the funeral home take Route 16 North from Tazewell towards the VA/WV state line.  THE WV PGR will assume the escort on Route 16, at Bishop, VA at the HILLBILLY MARKET.  The procession will continue on into Squire, WV. TURN Left on Cane Break Mtn. Road, stay on that road until it comes to a “T” intersection.  At “T” intersection you will take a left, onto Berwind Road to Falls Creek, and travel about one mile, and the cemetery will be on your left.

WV – PGR STAGING AT “HILLBILLY MARKET” AT No Later Than 1500 Hours, at Bishop, VA/WV.

At the cemetery, Military Rites will be performed by the Local VFW Post #7136 out of Tazewell, VA.  A PGR FLAG LINE WILL BE AT THE CEMETERY, IF Possible.

VA – PGR Ride Captain:

Gary “Goose” Cope





WV – PGR Ride Captain:

Pat Hanifin