The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in honor of Vernon D. Smith, a US Army/USAF veteran of the Vietnam War. Vernon finished out his military career as a member of the 130th Airlift Wing in Charleston, WV, where he worked in the Medical Section…I remember him very well. He was also a member of the Patriots Pride organization and we will be joining with them as we all stand to honor their fallen comrade. This mission will consist of a flag line at the funeral home, an escort to the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans’s Cemetery in Institute, WV, and a flag line at the cemetery. A unique aspect of this escort is, Vern will go on his “last ride” in the motorcycle hearse owned by the Allen Funeral Home.


Staging time: 1000-1020, briefing at 1025, flag line in place by 1030.
Staging location: Allen Funeral Home, 2837 Main St., Hurricane, WV


Service time: 1200, with escort to follow


RCIC: Buddy Palla, 304-610-1324


Please remember to check this thread before leaving for the mission, to ensure you have the most current information. Check the weather, ride/drive safely, and if your bike or cage is set up to safely fly flags at highways speeds, please come prepared to do so. This escort may take place on I-64 from Hurricane to Institute, WV.


All riders/groups are welcome to join with us as we gather to honor this veteran.

Buddy Palla

WV ASC-South