May 1, 2008

Hello, I am Jonathon Cotes cousin. I went to the wake last night and will be there tonight. Your presence was very appreciated. I wish I could have thanked the many men & women who were standing out there for Jon. We are unable to thank each and everyone one of you at this hard time so I wanted to senda  special thank you to you all. It means so much and will always be remembered. God Bless you all. Kathy

April 29, 2008

To the crew who braved the rain this morning, thank you again. Few in attendance we were, our appreciation of the Patriot Guard Riders presence today is vast.

While it was a small funeral, I feel it was just what my great uncle would have wished.

Ellis was a quiet modest man who spent most of his life working the farms around New York.

I don’t know all the details of Ellis’ service to this great nation, modest he was, and his responses to our questions were short.

Ellis is a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. I recall him speaking of being shot in the leg by a sniper as he was beginning to dig his foxhole. Where this took place, I am not sure.

I’d also like to say thanks to the Burial Detail, in spite of the foul weather thrown our way, they did an outstanding job. Thanks again guys!

Patriot Guard Riders, I can not say thanks enough! I wish smooth roads and warm rides for all. America could use a few more like you.


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.

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

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