The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to stand in silent Honor and Respect for LCpl Virgil Porter, Jr., USMC Veteran, on Monday and Tuesday, 30 & 31 Dec 13.
This will be a two-state mission with wake and services in Berkeley Springs, WV followed by an escort to Hagerstown, MD for interment.

Wake and services will be held at Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home, 95 Union St., Berkeley Springs, WV ( 

Wake will be on Monday, 30 Dec, from 1500-1700 and from 1900-2100.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, 31 Dec, at 1000. Escort to Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD ( at the conclusion of services. Cemetery is located approximately 40 miles from the funeral home and police escort is anticipated.

PA ASC Doc Kimbell ( has graciously agreed to Ride Captain the visitation vigil with our sincere thanks.

Monday staging will be at the funeral home at 1415 with flag line in place prior to start of visitation at 1500.

Bob Hamlin ( is the assigned RC for the Maryland portion of this most honorable mission. Direct inquiries to him via e-mail or 301-471-0218.

Tuesday, 31Dec 

Staging: 8:15-8:45am

       McDonald’s, 28 Morgan Square, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, (304) 258-9540, Map 

Flagline: 9:00am-to end of Memorial Service (~11:00am)

      Helsley Funeral Home, 95 Union St., Berkeley Springs, WV 25411, 301 739-3630, Website 

Escort to Internment and flagline: 11:00 to approx. 12:00noon

     Rose Hill Cemetery, 600 South Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740, Map 

Weather forecast: low 30s with minimal chance of precip. Ensure your vehicle meets your individual abilities in cold weather. If you choose the fresh-air mode, dress for extended cold. The escort is about 45 minutes, most at highway speed, to an open cemetery. Cagers are welcome. 

Maryland RC: Bob Hamlin, 301 471 0218,

Early weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday is for temperatures in the low 30’s with 0-10% chance of precipitation. Overnight low Monday is forecast to be 23. Please, use caution when traveling and ensure your mode of transportation meets your own individual abilities.

Please monitor this thread for staging times/location and WV RC assignment.



Berkeley Springs, WV 25411