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October 16, 2008

Thank you from a Kansas PGR member:

This is going to be a long Thank You, but I think it is all worth saying.

I have done many missions out here in Kansas. This is my first on the other side of the flag line. My experience is something that has endeared me more to the Patriot Guard mission than every before so bear with me.

First I want to just say Thank You. I know that many of you gave up your Saturday to honor my Dad. That was incredible of you and so much appreciated. The funeral home directors had never seen the Patriot Guard, other veterans and family members of veterans who were at my Dad's funeral had never seen the Patriot Guard. They were all so very impressed and very touched by your presence. The flag lines both at the funeral home and the cemetary demonstrated comraderie and respect that is often perceived as absent in America. Your actions filled a gap in the hearts of those who will miss my Dad as well as those who want to know that patriotism still lives.

Then there are some some things that went on I want you to know about that were a direct result of the Patriot Guard that aren't so visible from the flag lines and rides.

First: My dad rarely talked about his service duing WWII.

October 15, 2008

I drove to the airport with Brad Paisley in my CD player. My heart thumped with excitement, my boy was coming home. I was alone in the car, everyone was still at work. But I would not be greeting my son alone. The Patriot Guard would be there, I was meeting them before his arrival.

I am a PGR member, and had requested a flagline at the airport. Knowing it was mid-week, and early evening, I did not expect a big turn out for the event. No, I would be hopeful for 5-10 people and grateful for that many. My mind wandered as I drove, picturing the events to come. Flags held high as my son came to me at the airport. My heart raced, and I could feel the stretching of my cheeks as my mouth was in a never ending smile on the way there. More than anything, I could not wait for that first hug. That once all over check, that eye to eye greeting.

September 30, 2008

To: NY Patriot Guard Riders,

Thanks for making Sept. 12, 2008 a very special one for me and especially Mike and the rest of the Hauser family...I just want each and everyone of the men and women who where there in the guard to know how we all felt about all of you being there God Bless you all and I will never forget how special You all made our day, Michael was sooooo taken back by all the attention he told me to say


Love to all...Margie & Ray

September 3, 2008

I can't thank you and the other Patriot Guard Riders enough for taking time to escort my uncle's funeral today. My uncle, Charles Flynn, was a proud American who served active duty in the Pacific during World War II. He would have been honored to have had the opportunity to meet each and every one of you.

I regret that circumstances today did not allow me to thank each of you, because the dignity that you displayed for your fellow veteran was heartfelt and inspiring.

My family is in your debt.

Christa Fraser
Welland, Ontario, Canada

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