The Family of Henry Ristau has requested the participation of the Patriot Guard Riders in the funeral services for this Marine Corps, WWII veteran.

Where / When:

Friday, May 20th
Mount Pleasant Cemetery - Bethlehem, NY  - Directions - From NYS Thruway Exit 23, take Route 9W south through the traffic light in Bethlehem Center. Continue on Route 9W south to Beckers Corners. Turn right on Route 396 and proceed about three miles. The cemetery is on the right.
Interment scheduled for 11:00am at the graveside.
PGR should be there by 10:30am to stand the flag line.
Lead Ride Captain for this mission is Steve Kraynak

Mission Narrative:

Henry Ristau was born in 1909 and he passed away on 2/18/11 at the age of 101.   He was the "Old Man" when he enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 33 in 1942.  After a year of training, in communications, Henry was sent to the Pacific where he participated in many of the Island hopping campaigns of the Marine Corps. Henry was also a Past President of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and is credited with being responsible for giving early direction and sustaining the organization thru its formative years in the '50's and '60's.

Another shining example of the "Greatest Generation" - let's be there to show Dignity, Honor and Respect for a life well lived.

Bill Schaaf
PGR - Asst. State Captain
Senior Ride Captain - Region 5
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