The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in silent Honor and Respect for SSgt Ryan Hammond, 26, United States Air Force, for his services on Wednesday, 14 Oct 15, in his hometown of Moundsville, WV.

SSgt Hammond was a loadmaster assigned to the 39th Airlift Squadron out of Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX and was one of six (6) American Heroes who made the Ultimate Sacrifice in the crash of the C-130J in Afghanistan on 2 Oct 15.

West Virginia services will be held at Altmeyer’s Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, WV (https://tinyurl.com/qbenx3s) from 1300-1500 and again from 1700-2000.

Internment will follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date, per Ryan’s wishes.

West Virginia Ride Captains Mike (bumpnrun2462@aol.com) and Susan (nascarangel628@aol.com) Whitlatch are the designated Ride Captains in charge of this most honorable of missions.

Staging for both services will be in the parking lot located directly across the street from the funeral home.  No matter what your mode of travel might be, all are requested to park as close together as safety allows as there is expected to be a very large turnout by the local citizens.

Staging for early service will be at 1215.

Mission briefing will be at 1230.

Flag line in place prior to 1300 and maintained until the end of services at 1500.

Staging for the evening service will be at 1615.

Mission brief at 1630.

Flag line will be in place prior to 1700 and maintained until the end of services at 2000.

Early weather forecast is for temperatures near 70 and a 90% chance of sunshine.  Please dress and travel according to your own abilities, ensuring you keep yourself well hydrated.

Although this is a work day for many I am asking all to make a concerted effort to attend one, or both, of Ryan’s services.  For someone who paid the Ultimate Price for YOUR freedom and liberties, the very least any of us can do is be there to say “Thank You” and God Speed to our own native son.



Moundsville, WV 26041