The Town of Hoosick Falls Tribute Flag Program is dedicated to flying their 6′ x 9′ casket flag over every cemetery where a son of Hoosick Falls lay buried.  This Tribute Flag began its journey having been flown for 24 hrs. over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. Seven National Cemeteries throughout Europe have committed to honoring the town’s request to fly this flag for 24 hrs. at their cemeteries where over 66 WWI and WWII Hoosick Falls veterans lay buried.  The flag has already flown over a cemetery in Sicily.  The flag is currently back in the United States and in conversation with the Tribute Flag Program organizers the Patriot Guard Riders of New York have committed our resources to see that this Tribute Flag is flown over the 17 Civil War Battlefield cemeteries where 25 sons of Hoosick Falls lay in eternal rest.

West Virginia Ride Captain Steve Chapman (schapman@security-advisers.com) is the RCIC for the West Virginia portion of this most honorable memorial mission.

Staging will be at 0630 on 31 July.

Staging location: Sheetz, 1617 W. King St., Martinsburg, WV(https://tinyurl.com/las4425).

Mission brief: 0645

KSU: 0700 for the trip to Gettysburg, PA, approximately one (1) hour.

We will participate in the flag raising and lowering ceremony at a yet to be determined location in Gettysburg, after which we will assist with the escort to Antietam at a still to be determined location.

Anticipated arrival in Harpers Ferry is approximately 1230 at which time West Virginia will receive the flag and proceed to raise and lower at the National Park Office, 171 Shoreline Dr. (https://tinyurl.com/mcbzcr4).

Upon conclusion of the ceremony in Harpers Ferry, the flag will be handed off to Becca Landick (ladyharley823@cox.net), Virginia ASC, for transport to its initial ceremony in Winchester, VA.  Any who wish to participate in this portion of the escort are encouraged to do so.

Please dress according to weather conditions and ensure you travel within your own capabilities.


Joe Cumblidge

State Captain

West Virginia Patriot Guard