Tuesday, June 21, 2011

MSG Dave Riddering (Ret)

Under cloudy skies and pouring rain, 12 Patriot Guard from MN & ND paid honor to MSG Dave RIddering (Retired) for his 25 years serving in the US Navy as a Seebee and continued his service in the Naval Reserves, North Dakota Army National Guard, and the US Air Guard. Dave's brother Ted, MN PG member stood the flag line with us honoring his brother. Members came from Thief River Falls, Alexandria, Metro, Detroit Lakes Sectors, along with fellow PGR from North Dakota.

Staging was at 12:30 p.m. and flag line set by 1:00 for visitation. A few flag line members had double duty with umbrella's helping guests from their vehicles to the church. Flag line stood down once the service started and went to the basement of the church, where the ladies insisted we have sandwiches, cake/bars, and coffee - when we said no thanks, they sat trays of food on the table and said "eat"! The funeral home director said this was his first experience with the Patriot Guard and he was so happy to see us there as he had heard many wonderful things about the PGR.

Five members remained at the church for transfer and the remaining members moved out to the cemetary and established the flag line for the interment. American Legion in Barnesville provided military honors. Flag line was dismissed when all family & friends had departed.

Thank you all who were able to come today to honor Dave and thanks to all who were with us in spirit!