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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

March 15, 2008


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

January 2, 2008

On the 20th of December, 2007 my family and I were pleased and blessed to be able to welcome home our son, Captain Nicholas Auletta ( U.S. Army) from his second tour in Iraq. My brother, Rich, a Patriot Guard Rider, contacted a "few" of his fellow Riders to give my son a Patriot Guard welcome home. What happened after that is truly amazing and heart warming. Your leadership, specifically NJ Hawk (State Captain) and LTC Lee Anderson (Ride Captain NY) were able to organize what turned out to be the most special day a returning soldier could ever hope for. We had a New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police escort to the JFK Air Terminal, we were escorted to the main gate to see him as he came off the plane, and we were then greeted by a group of thirty or more Patriot Guard Riders with their flags standing tall. My son was then asked to sign a Welcome Home Banner from your National Patriot Guard. He was certainly overwhelmed and thankful. Our whole family has been speaking of this night since it happened. Not only were we so happy to have our son home, but we were honored to be associated with your group. We could never thank you enough for such an experience that will stay with our family for a lifetime. God Bless America     Go Army



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