- Updated 11/10/2010, 16:20 EDT -

Riders,

We have been invited to show our appreciation for their sacrifice. (See event details below). I understand that there are many events and ceremonies and they all are important and deserve our time and effort. We should be finished by 1045 hrs and the greeting part should be over by 1000 hrs.

As can be seen by the details below, the aircraft AA Veterans Flagship Independence will be unveiled and make its maiden flight with the brave men and women aboard. I ask who better than to honor than those who gave a part of themselves for us.

As Always when in the Airports please follow direction of the PD and TSA, and be aware that sometimes we may get access past security perimeters so be prepared for security Check, have ID or stand the line just outside as we always have that option.

It is possible that we may be asked to escort the Bus from West Point from the entrance to JFK to the terminal but that will be decided that morning and the stages times have been posted with that in mind. If that happens the Gen aviation stage might be changed.

Hicksville Stage Area   KSU 0600 hrs (6:00 am)
Waldbaums Shopping Center, Rt. 106/107 Just South West of LIE and NS Pkwy 

Bay Shore Stage Area KSU 0530   hrs (5:30 am)
Peter Pan Diner, 854 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706,      (631) 665-1788
(Sunrise Highway Westbound Service road, ex 43 west bound, ex 41 east bound)
No Ride Captain available at this time so please proceed at the KSU to the Trooper Barracks  If RC would like to take this please RSVP Thanks

Valley Stream Stage Area,    KSU 0630 hrs (6:30 am)
Southern State Parkway Trooper Barracks WEST bound Between Exits 13 & 14
We will pull in, but please don’t dismount as we will be back on road right away.

JFK Stage Area, KSU  0715 hrs  (7:15 am)
Burger King,   154-05 Rockaway Blvd.,  Jamaica, NY 11434
(Corner of Rockaway Blvd & N. Conduit Ave)

JFK Final Stage Area,  KSU 0730 hrs (7:30 am) Await PAPD Directions
General Aviation Terminal, Building 145, General Aviation Way (Parking and Rest rooms)
South on Wan Wyck Expressway to exit B Stay Left through flashing lights onto S. Service Rd,go past Bldg. 14/Port Authority Admin. , JMC, at the end of that property make a right onto General Aviation Way. Proceed down to the end. Park in the left parking lot and the restrooms are in the small terminal building in front of you. Please let someone know if you are leaving the group as when the PAPD escort shows up we will need to be leaving quickly.

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Riders,

We have been invited to show our appreciation for their sacrifice. (See detail event below) . I understand that there are many events and ceremonies but we should be finished by 1045 hrs and the greeting part should be over by1000 hrs.

Final Mission Details will be posted Later today or this evening.

But as it stand now I believe it will be a 07000 hrs Hicksville approximately.



Thursday, Nov 11, American Airlines Wounded Warriors Flight and Veterans Flagship unveiling. They will have a special charter with a group of wounded warriors and we will unveil the latest AA Veterans Flagship. Flagship Independence will fly DCA-JFK- LAS with approximately 150 wounded warriors and their guests to an event at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

From communications dealing with the set up of this event.......

This will basically be a group of “kids” (young men) wounded in Iraq/Afghanistan who have been seriously injured in the course of duty. I would like to solicit help in decorating and setting up the gate. There will be media in attendance. We would like to have a band and Color Guard. Please mark this on your calendar and talk it up in the work groups to help get us some help for this event.

Gentleman, Please see attached itinerary for our Wounded Warriors flight on Thursday, Veterans Day. It would be great if the Patriot Guard could attend. We will need people here around 8:30am as we have a bus bringing the New York passengers for this trip arriving at 9:00am. Dave Kohn and myself will be here at JFK That day. The flight will depart JFK at either 10:30 or 10:45. Please let me know. Thanks




Tribute to the Troops – Veterans Day Flight
Schedule for Nov. 11

Columbus, Ga.·

6:30 a.m. EST – Media and guests arrive Columbus·

6:45 a.m. – Brief send-off ceremony, with yellow-ribbon banners and signage.o        Remarks by Dale Morriso        Interviews with AA executives, wounded warriors, military veterans/service officers and other organizations represented on the flighto        B-roll of departing flight ·

7:25 a.m. – Flight departs for JFK


Washington, D.C.·

7:00 a.m. EST – Media and guests arrive IAD

7:45 a.m. – Brief send-off ceremony, with yellow-ribbon banners and signage.o        Remarks by Carlos Escobar, IAD General Managero        Remarks by Deanna Okun, ThanksUSA
o        Interviews with AA executives, wounded warriors, military veterans/service officers and other organizations represented on the flighto        B-roll of departing flight ·         8:30 a.m. – Flight departs for JFK

Media to depart following plane send-off

New York City·

  • 9:55 a.m. EST – CSG flight arrives into JFK
    9:10 a.m. –  Guests and media arrive JFK 
    9:45 a.m. – Flagship Independence arrives JFK, greeted by a water-cannon salute
    Wounded warriors depart aircraft, greeted by:
    Drums/Pipes; Opening song by Daniel Rodriguez, Tenor
  • 10:05 a.m. – Ceremony begins; J. Palmersheim to serve as emceeo        Speakers to include:         Bob DeSalvio, Sands Bethlehem          Elaine Rogers, President – USO of Metropolitan Washington§         Art Torno, American Airlines Vice President – New York         Gregory W. Meeks, 6th District of New York
    J. Palmersheim gives final thanks

10:20 a.m. – Ceremony concludes; interviews with AA executives, wounded warriors, military veterans/service officers and other organizations represented on the flighto        Closing music by D. Rodriguez·

10:45 a.m. – Flight departs for LAS


Thank you for the time you give to those who stood for us.

Jim McElroy
Assistant State Captain, Region 8 Senior Ride Captain'   Patriot Guard Riders, NY
East Northport, NY 11731,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 516.805.3316

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