The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to stand in honor of the life and service of Thomas W. LaRusch of Cheektowaga, NY, who passed away on 30 May 2021.
Mr. LaRusch served 2 years on active duty in the US Army Infantry from 1969-1971, including 11 months in South Vietnam in 1970. His MOS was 11B40-Light Weapons Infantryman, and he was involved in operating the TOW anti-tank missile. Mr. LaRusch was honorably discharged on 22 July 1971 with the rank of Sergeant (E-5), and he earned the following awards: Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Special Covid-19 Mission Guidelines:
Updated 25 May 2021
While in any outdoor setting, fully vaccinated PGR members will no longer be required to wear masks but are asked to act responsibly and respect your fellow members decision on this issue. For the protection of others, non-vaccinated members are asked to please wear a mask.
For the immediate future, all PGR members will continue to wear masks and social distance while indoors during a mission.
Masks will be worn at any other location where organizers, requestors or the Lead Ride Captain has determined that this be done.
Going forward, the Lead Ride Captain for any mission will be responsible for determining whether PGR members will have to mask up or not. Please respect the LRC’s decision on these matters.
PGR will provide a flag line for arrival of family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM. Following the dignified transfer, PGR will escort to Our Lady Help of Christians Cemetery, 4125 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY for Inurnment with Military Honors. (Map to cemetery: https://goo.gl/maps/MD9WQ2uV6DNh43SG8) Please arrive with a clean 3x5 American or US Army flag, and dress for the weather. Thank you for your efforts to help honor the US Army Vietnam War service of Thomas W. LaRusch, and to support his loving family. NOTE: Region-1 has a very busy day with 3 Missions on Saturday. Please try to support one of them.
Don Higgins, SRC, Region-1
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