Honor Mission
William A. "Bill" Kilmer
US Army - Vietnam Veteran

1st Responder, LEO and PGR
Multi-City, NY - 11/16/2020
Mission applies to the following Region(s): Region 1, Region 2
About the Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to stand in honor of the extraordinary life and service of William A. "Bill" Kilmer of Lewiston, who passed away on Veteran's Day, 11 November 2020.

A portion of the Hardison Funeral Home obituary says it best:
"Bill served in the United States Army from 1969-1972 as a dog handler in the K-9 unit in Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam. He also was stationed in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam from 1970-1971 in which he was responsible for securing ammo dumps and heli-pads at the hospital.

Bill returned to General Motors where he was previously employed before deployment and remained there for the next 38 years. He was active with the Lewiston #1 Fire Department for 25 years.  During his course of duty, he served as Chief for 3 years and President for 7. Bill served as a police officer with the Lewiston Police force between 1973 and 1979.  Bill was a pillar to his community, always giving back. He was also a member of the Wheatfield Legion Riders with the Wheatfield American Legion Post 1451, as well as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders up until his illness.

Bill's full obituary can be viewed online on the Hardison Funeral Home website by clicking HERE
Primary Staging Date: 11/16/2020
Primary Staging Time: 09:00
AM or PM: am
Staging Location: Hardison Funeral Home
401 Ridge Street at Corner of North 4th Street
Lewiston, NY 14092
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Lead Ride Captain: Don Becker
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Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:

The Mandatory Rules for Covid-19 protection practices...these WILL be strictly enforced.

  • Stay a minimum of 6 feet apart from each other at all times.
  • No handshaking, fist-bumping, hugs, cheek kissing or any other physical contact.
  • Follow all Covid-19 protection practices as described on the CDC website.
  • Click this url to review: CDC - Prevent Getting Sick
  • If you are not feeling well in any way, please do not attend this Mission.
  • * ADDITIONAL MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: Wearing a protective face covering of some kind is required...homemade facemask, bandanna, etc. (Patriotic face coverings would be particularly appropriate) This will not only provide an extra layer of protection to ourselves and others, but will send the message that the PGR takes this crisis seriously and is performing this Mission responsibly.
Special Information: Flag Line for arrival of family and friends.  Funeral Service at the Funeral Home at 10:00 AM, followed by dignified transfer and escort to Oakland Rural Cemetery, 1121 Lake Road, Youngstown, NY, for burial with military honors.  Click here for map to cemetery

Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American or US Army flag, dress for the weather, and ensure your large flags are securely attached.

Thank you for your efforts to help Honor the extraordinary military and community service of William Kilmer, and to support his grieving and loving family.
Is there a Second Stage to this Mission? no
Submitted by: Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1
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