Sunday, May 22, 2011

Don Gravelle Mission

On a beautiful Thursday 11 Patriot Guard Members came to Detoit Lakes to honor
and pay respects to Don Gravelle who served in the United States Army from
1967 thru 1968, Don also served in the National Guard specializing in Survival Training.

The Flag Line was set at the Church prior to the service.
We provided a 3 Bike escort from the Church to the Cemetery while the other members
proceded to the Cemetery to establish the Flag Line. The family of Don Gravelle came
thru our Flag Line and "Thanked" us for being in attendance.

There was no post misssion gathering.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Marshall Sector Activities May 15th, 2011

Fifteen Marshall Sector members staged in two locations and traveled to St. James, in the Worthington Sector, to support one of the two deployments the Worthington Sector had on the same day (the other in Fairmont). About half the group traveled back via Captain Dan Days at Lucan for lunch and fellowship. The families of Fallen Hero Spc. James Wertish, Olivia, Mn., and recently deceased National Guardsman Spc. Jason Goche, Sacred Heart, Mn., were among those embraced by this year's Captain Dan Days. Several attending Patriot Guard members joined the community flag line during the last ever Captain Dan Days ceremony, including Marshall ARC Chris Dunsmore, and former Willmar Sector Ride Captain Ron Mackedanz and his wife, Janet, and new Willmar Sector Ride Captain John Laughlin. When the rest of us arrived, we were thanked over and over again by members of the Lucan community for our support the past five years of this wonderful event.

125th FA CO C Deployment Ceremony, Anoka, MN

May 15, 2011

9am and 45 degrees the first of 136 Patriot Guard started arriving. Frigid morning but it was a clear sky, a great day for the ceremony. We lined the parking lot and street to the entrance of the football field where we welcomed family and guests.

Sandy (new member) and Angela (celebrating her birthday) accompanied me to the armory where the three of us presented the signed PGR to the Captain in front of the whole unit and their families.

We then returned to the field and joined into the caos of fire ladder trucks setting up a huge flag overhead of the stadium in the wind (think I forgot to say that it was very windy). At about noon the soldiers marched the four blocks from the Armory to the stadium. The street to the stadium was flat for three blocks and went down hill steeply for the last one. Walking from the Armory the sea of flags or fire trucks weren't visable until you crest the hill. As the unit crest the hill it was an awesome sight.

As the unit passed by the flagline fell in behind them, after a little delay the unit went in and mustered on the football field facing their friends and family that were in the bleachers. The sea of flags and all the patriot hearted PGR holding them entered the opposite side of the field and formed a wall of flags behind the unit showing support of of the heroes in front of them.

It was a good day and a great showing of support from the community and the PGR. A big thanks to the Anoka Police their support, they were and always have been great to work with.

Click here for Pics from Laurie Johnson

Tim Leonhardt, Joe Egan, Dan Wilkenson (expendable), Mike Mcdonough, and Genko (Geno) Komerac