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April 25, 2008

My name is Christian Haerter.  I am Jordans father and a member of the PGR.  I'm sure I have ridden with some of you either on Long Island or in Rhode Island.  I want to express my sincerest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to everyone who has posted here, everyone who rides for a fallen warrior, every PGR member who dedicates so much of their precious time for so many, but most of all to the men and women in every branch of the service who put their lives on the line every day so that we can do so.  A big chunk of my heart was ripped out of me that fateful day in Ramadi, Iraq and it is a hole that will never be filled again.  Jordan was not only my only son, my only child, but he was my best friend.  Its very hard losing all of those things at once.

Please hug your children for me and tell them that you love them.....that alone brings me some solace.  I know I'll be seeing many of you in Sag Harbor this weekend and if I don't get to personally shake your hand to say thanks please do not take offense.  You now know what is in my heart.....


Thank you so much and ride safe.

April 14, 2008

Dear David:

On behalf of the Lukenbill, the Fries and the Simpson families, I wanted to get this short note off to thank you for Sgt. Christopher Curtis Simpson's recent Patriot Guard detail.  From the Easter Sunday morning showing at the Air National Guard airfield for Christopher's Military Escort Learjet arrival home, to the cold, hard, driving wind during our six-plus hour wake on Tuesday, to Christopher's full military honors funeral service on Wednesday; we can't begin to express our appreciation for the Patriot Guard Rider's kind, dedicated and patriotic participation.

Christopher was a proud patriot himself.  He was a sharp, engaging, and enthusiastic young man.  He was a soldier's soldier, always leading by example.  He was a leader in his battalion, and always first into harm's way.  He was a wonderful son, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend and fiancé; to know him was to love him.  Christopher was an adventurous soul too, and I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the new Buell motorcycle he was so proud of that was recently purchased following his first tour of duty in Iraq.  Christopher shared the love of freedom, the love of country, the unwavering respect of the men and women who serve, and everything the Patriot Guard Riders stand for.

Please pass along our heart-felt thanks to all who stood with the New York State Patriot Guard Riders and honored Christopher.  Your efforts have been a blessing to our families.

Thank you for a mission well done.


Sincerely,
Scott Simpson
1st Sgt. Crew Chief
174th Fighter Wing
Air National Guard

March 15, 2008

Sir

I am a member of the New York Army National Guard and I just want to express my greats thanks to you and your organization. You are true hero's to the people that many forget their sacrifice and duty for this great nation.  I have lost many friends oversees and sometimes feel responsible because I have not been there to protect them myself. It is a great comfort to know that others, both vets and non-vets, take their time and effort to protect the families from those that have neither the love nor the Balls to do what so few have to.  Thank you and may god and the United states of America army forces never let you down.


SGT Ethan Unterweger
Co C 27th BSTB
Buffalo NY

February 9, 2008

I can't thank you enough for organizing the riders for my son's viewing and memorial service. I was only able to visit with them for a few minutes but was so impressed with their dedication to honor someone they didn't even know. I know I speak for my family and the entire community of Hancock in thanking each one of them for taking time out of their own lives to stand in the cold with such respect and reverance.

It has been such a comfort to read all the letters and messeges from so many people from all across the country. We know we are not alone. Thanks again and God bless you all.


With High Regard,
Randy and Cindy Whiting

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