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7/16/2010 12:51:11 PM

Ted Malone
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I have been debating on whether to create a forum dedicated to this or just a message thread in the general forum, and have ultimately decided on a thread here..

In this thread we'll post the thank you letters and items of that nature that we receive.

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7/16/2010 12:51:47 PM

Ted Malone
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Thank you for honoring Cpl. Larry Harris.

I am new to the web site and decided to come over after seeing the massive amount of support you organization showed to Cpl Larry Harris. He truly was a wonderful young man and a hero. Your organization’s presence on his last mission made my heart proud and my eyes tear. Please keep up the outstanding job you all do. Know that yours is a mission truly worthy of mention and vital to the integrity and honor of our dearly fallen comrades.
Please share my heartfelt thanks with all of the members who took the time out of their lives today to honor one of our countries greatest fallen heroes.
Sincerely and with reverence,
SSgt. Seth Poe
U.S. Air Force

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7/16/2010 12:53:17 PM

Ted Malone
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Thank you for honoring Cpl. Larry Harris.

I just wanted to share my appreciation for what you guys do. My husband's buddy, Larry Harris Jr. was laid to rest today. I had a sleepless night worrying about that cult that calls themselves a church who were going to be protesting and I received confirmation today that indeed, the Harris family did not even notice the protesters thanks to you guys. My husband is a US Marine and they definitely appreciate the support that you guys provide. I did not feel like your actions should go unmentioned. Thank you guys very much!
Natasha Robertson

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7/16/2010 2:13:09 PM

Ted Malone
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I received the following note. A big Thank You to all who make the ride out there it really meant a lot to the folks who loved Dennis.

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Thank you so much for coming to Buena Vista. It meant much to our small
community to have you here to honor one of our own. I know Fran was very
grateful to all of you and we were so surprised to have about 14 members show
up when we thought 2 or 3 might be all who could make it. Thanks again.
Jennie

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Steve "Da Swampfox" Marsh
Colorado Patriot Guard Riders
State Captain
808-783-4467
SCCOPGR@AOL.COM

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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
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7/19/2010 12:49:53 PM

Ted Malone
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Thank you for honoring Cpl. Larry Harris
I just wanted to send a very huge THANK YOU to the Patriot Guard Riders who attended the funeral of Larry Harris last week. Larry is an amazing man, one of our best friends, and a true hero. My husband is still in Afghanistan, but he would like me to pass along his gratitude for all that you did for Larry. Your presence was heart stopping. The pride & respect shown by your members is one of the most incredible things I have ever witnessed. Thank you doesn't seem to be enough.
With much love & all my respect,
Michelle Krumrie

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8/14/2010 7:11:03 AM


Guest
Thank you for honoring Elizabeth Wackley
Thank you so very much for attending my Mom's funeral procession at Ft Logan which my cousin, Lorraine Melgosa, led. My father was USAF and growing up in the military, we all have the greatest respect for our troops, and I can't even begin to tell all of you how honored I am. There are no better than all of you and those loved ones of yours!

Thank you again so very much. To the best of the best - Semper fi

Sincerely, Tricia Alex - daughter of Elizabeth Wackley
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9/18/2010 7:17:16 AM


Guest
Thank you for honoring Rolland Alstatt

Want to say Thank You... The presence of the Patriot Guard Attending
Grand Pa Rolland's` service was very moving. Both My mom and Dad were
choked up and very thank full.... Again the respect the PG showed was
more than expected and greatly appreciated and moving...

Thank you not only for attending but also for your Service to our Country.
Andy Feuerborn

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10/4/2010 6:42:40 PM


Guest
Thank you for honoring Robert Scwindt

Dear Steve and your entire guard,

Words cannot express our appreciation for all of your support. The fact that
you all rode out to Fort Morgan on September 22 to stand guard and honor our
father, Corporal Robert L. Schwindt, and our family, means so much to all of
us. You stood for Dad on his last mission with respect, dignity and honor
and we will never forget that. ( I imagine that the town of Fort Morgan, CO
will never forget that!) My sister and I tried to speak to each of you and
many of you had to hit the road quickly to stay dry. Thanks so much, Steve,
for coming by the luncheon afterward and saying hello. Please know that you
all will always hold a special place in our hearts. You each deserve so much
respect and commendation.

Gratitude and Blessings,

Barbara Murray
Cynthia Schwindt
Randy Schwindt

Many friends and relatives of Robert Schwindt
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10/6/2010 8:02:42 AM


Guest
To the Patriot Guard


Today in the U.S. Supreme Court, Snyder vs. Phelps will be argued. The Westboro Baptist Church has created unnecessary added stress to many military families who are tried burying their deceased loved ones, but they disrupted their funeral.


My mother, SGM Kathleen Elaine Burchedean (1950-2004) served in the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" at Fort Myer, Virginia from 1974 - 1998 becoming the first female SGM to lead the U.S. Army Strings. (My accordion teacher is now her successor.) She died Monday, December 6, 2004 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, section 34 near General Pershing, on the following Monday, December 20. She received the Army Achievement Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, and the Legion of Merit Award. On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, her request to reenlist was denied; she felt an obligation to her country to help out.


This past Memorial Day, the WBC picketed Arlington Cemetery's wreath laying ceremony. Obviously, I took it personally as my mother is buried there. When they picket Arlington, they picket everyone who is buried there.


I would like to say thank you to all in the military. Thank you families of people in the military for support. You protect the freedom we have. You make great sacrifices that deserve more appreciation and thanks than already given. Freedom is not free and all of us need to understand the great price that comes with our freedom. The price of your life, time away from families, the time not knowing when your next shower or when you might return home, the grief families share, and the time spent training, and so much more: that's what freedom costs. For me, my mother had to spend time away when the Army Band was on tour, helping to provide music to dignitaries, to help our Presidents keep friends with other countries.


Again, thank you so much for all that you do. You deserve the best.

Thank you.






Sincerely,
Brian A. Wong
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10/13/2010 8:12:37 PM


Guest
Thank you for honoring Don Hatchell

Dear Patriot Guard Riders,

Thank you so much for honoring Don on 9-24 and 9-25 with a flag line and escort during his visitation and funeral service. Our family really appreciated your presence.

Thank You,

Gwen, Mark, and Mickey Hatchell
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11/24/2010 6:30:10 AM

Ted Malone
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Thank you for honoring LCPL Brandon Pearson
Hello

We want to thank the Patriot Guard Riders who helped us after we learned of Lcpl Brandon Pearson's death.

We really want to thank the hardy soul who accompanied the procession from the airport to the mortuary in way below freezing temperatures.

The large Patriot Guard presence at the funeral was very moving and gave us a sense of safety.

Thanks guys and gals. We really appreciate you.

Dick and Donna Pearson
Grandpa and Grandma

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Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
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11/30/2010 7:29:01 PM

Steven Marsh
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I received the following note and am passing it along as requested.
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Hello Sir,

Please pass on to all of your members that attended the memorial service for Deputy Samuel Brownlee in Greeley, CO that I was very moved by the members in attendance. They acted so honorably on that fridged November morning. Temperatures were in the 20's and wind chill was unbearable for most , but they stood outside that memorial with the American flags blowing and offered condolences to all of us who lost our brother protecting his community. They had to be in pain from the bitter cold, but no one heard a complaint. I can't put into words how thankful we were that you stood guard so we could all attend the service.

Your efforts and stoicism do not not go unnoticed.

Thank you, all of you,

Respectfully,

Sgt. Josh Noonan
Weld County Sheriff's Office

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Steve "Da Swampfox" Marsh
Colorado Patriot Guard Riders
RIDE CAPTAIN NORTHERN CO.
RETIRED STATE CAPTAIN
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1/26/2011 8:13:46 PM

Steven Marsh
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I just got a phone call from the PGR State Captain for NC and he said the family of SPC Annie L.
Tilghman, wanted him to let us know that they really appreciate the Honors rendered for their daughter by CO PGR, TSA and DENVER PD at the airport. They said that it was a comfort to them to know that there are people who care.

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Steve "Da Swampfox" Marsh
Colorado Patriot Guard Riders
RIDE CAPTAIN NORTHERN CO.
RETIRED STATE CAPTAIN
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1/27/2011 11:00:30 AM

Don M
Don M
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Our family would like to thank all of you who attended our birthday celebration for our son and brother. You all have always stepped forward and have been there for our family. Being there for our family means alot we love and appreciate all of you. Again we send our sincere thanks for helping make our days so special. And for always being there when we just need a friend. God Bless, Dietz Family...
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2/11/2011 7:01:21 AM

Ted Malone
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Thank you for honoring Robert Hake
I cannot tell you how impressed, thankful and appreciative I am on behalf of me and my family for your mission on behalf of our beloved Robert J Hake. Frankly I was overwhelmed by your presence but could also feel the love being expressed for a superman of men…our loving husband, best friend, dad, grandpa and great grandpa. Thank you. Love and hugs from Pat Hake and the entire family.

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2/12/2011 4:35:07 PM

Steven Marsh
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I received the following Thank You note from the daughter of Hamor Brown who's service we stood for at Fort Logan on Tuesday Feb. 8th.

Steve
I wanted to thank the PGR for the Flag Brigade for my Dad. It was quite touching and we received many comments from family and friends about what a beautiful expression of honor that was. Please thank all of those who were there on our behalf. It was genuinely appreciated
Linda McClain

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Steve "Da Swampfox" Marsh
Colorado Patriot Guard Riders
RIDE CAPTAIN NORTHERN CO.
RETIRED STATE CAPTAIN
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2/13/2011 8:29:49 AM

Trent Caster
Trent Caster
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To all my PGR brothers and sisters I want to thank you for being there for Commander Scott Bell for his Welcome Home on Friday. Both Scott and his wife Jackie asked that I extend their sincere thanks for us being there for their family. They were truly moved that we were there for them. They told me many times that if meant more to them than I will ever know.

We do so many missions that are very difficult for the families that it means just as much to the families of those returning from deployment. To all, thank you for getting this posted as a short notice mission and to those that attended to welcome home this hero.

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Trent "VAPORS" Caster
vapors.tc@live.com
American Legion Riders CH32 Treasurer
RFTW Road Guard
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3/9/2011 8:32:19 AM

Steven Marsh
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The following was sent to National and they forwarded it to me. I would like to add my Thank You and "job well done" to each and everyone of you who stand the flag line. It really means a lot to the families.
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Still haven’t caught my breath from dad’s death. Still lots to do……..
But I finally have a minute to relay my thoughts about the attendance and presence of the Patriot Guard at my Vietnam veteran father’s service in Colorado Springs and burial at Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.


Subject: Julius Riggins Jr., SFC (Ret), USA Feb. 9, 2011 Colorado Springs, Colorado and Denver, Colorado
Ride Captain: Jack Casey Ride Captain: Steve Marsh

Dear Sneaky Snake, (James Davis) and the Patriot Guard,

Thank you for coordinating this effort to give my Dad one of the best final sendoffs anyone could ever envision.

We couldn’t have found nicer, more respectful individuals who genuinely seemed to be honored to have been invited to my father’s funeral. Truthfully, we were honored that you would come out and wait around out in the cold, expending your time and gas. Fortunately, it wasn’t as blustery as the night before in Colorado Springs.

After significant questioning, Swan Law Funeral Home insisted the City had an ordinance which prevented escorts to the highway and also on the highway. Personally, I would like to have seen this as Dad rode an Indian and a BMW in his youth. In any event, what was allowed to be provided by the Patriot Guard was VERY special – especially the Flag Line as Dad’s flag-draped coffin in the hearse departed with us close behind enroute to Denver.

When we arrived at Ft. Logan, there was a delay. But the approximately 15-20 Patriot Guard members were at the mouth of the national cemetery, reviewing who they were honoring and praying for Dad . My sister and I went over to greet them and thank them for their time and concern in being part of such a meaningful and fitting military ceremony for my father.

The Patriot Guard’s presentation at the Staging Area after the formal military honors was exceptional, complete with Patriot Guard pins for Dad’s casket, my sister and me. The personal written condolences presented by the Patriot Guard reflect the seriousness with which you take your calling.

And then, at the end, as I was leaving my chair, a Patriot Guard member placed in my hands some of the empty shell casings from the 21-gun salute. . .

I tried to stay composed, but I have to tell you, it was so VERY VERY personal and meant so much at a time to have these mementos when my world felt shattered - with my father soon to be laid to rest beside my Army nurse mother.

As I said at his funeral service, it is so difficult to understand how someone who went through so much hell as a combat medic, wounded both times in two tours in Vietnam, enduring family separations, should have been saddled with a rare brain disease for 12 long years and become total care. It was a job of honor for me to be his caregiver.

The funeral home personnel commented that afternoon at Ft. Logan that they had NEVER seen something so impressive, and they do about two funerals a week up at Ft. Logan.

The Patriot Guard continues its advocacy to honor America’s veterans and help families such as mine at a most difficult emotional time. I am aware that the Patriot Guard has stood between grieving families and those who wish to make a mockery of our veterans’ sacrifices, when it is we veterans who are to thank for the unique freedoms we enjoy as Americans in this great republic.

Keep up the good work! Your efforts are needed and appreciated. You all truly walk the talk, which is: If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.

I spoke about the Patriot Guard in a community meeting two weeks ago. I was even lucky enough to receive one of your brochures that day.

I hope you have been able to view the filmed service I sent you. The Patriot Guard is welcome to view it. It is wonderful to see those flags flying.

God bless the Patriot Guard, and God Bless America,

Carmen Reynolds, Lt Col (Ret), USAF
Investigative journalist, copy editor, researcher
ACT Chapter leader, Navarre, FL

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Steve "Da Swampfox" Marsh
Colorado Patriot Guard Riders
RIDE CAPTAIN NORTHERN CO.
RETIRED STATE CAPTAIN
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3/9/2011 1:49:45 PM

Steven Marsh
Steven Marsh
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Jim "Pieman" Herstien received this and asked that it be posted for you all to read.

This was sent in appreciation for those who participated in the Ping Pong/Pizza Social. "Lady Godiva" is an Oregon Ride Captain who's husband is going through the PTSD Program at the Denver VA Hospital.


Subject: Denver VA hospital visit, Tuesday 9th
Received From: Lady Godiva
On: Wed, 09 March 2011 04:03 AM
Hello,

My Husband has been a patient at the Denver VA hospital for about 7 weeks now. He called me yesterday and told me that the PGR visited the hospital, brought pizza, etc. to the Veterans.

He told me that he visited with PGR members Nite Train, Rat and others.

I just want to say "Thank YOU"!!!

It really meant a lot to him and the other Veterans.

And the Visit Means a lot to Me!!! We live so far and I was not able to visit him during his stay.
He will be released this Thursday, March 10th.

I know being a PGR member myself why we do what we do! But still when we are on the other side as well, like I am, it is so comforting to be re-assured that we are not alone.

Please pass my "Thank You" and A Hug! To all who took the time to visit My Husband and the other Veterans.

Sincerely,

Celeste McCartney-Brown
Lady Godiva
Proud wife of a Soldier, a Hero, My Hero!

Patriot Guard Rider (PGR)
Oregon Ride Captain
Standing Watch on the Home Front!

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Steve "Da Swampfox" Marsh
Colorado Patriot Guard Riders
RIDE CAPTAIN NORTHERN CO.
RETIRED STATE CAPTAIN
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3/11/2011 7:26:47 PM

Ted Malone
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: Thank You all so much for honoring our Commander Maj. McClure. He was a great man with a true passion for the Army, its soldiers and the 1835th MED DET CSC. Thank you for your service to our country and supporting our Unit durring this time. You are appreciated. Thank you.

Jordan Peters
1835th MED DET CSC
SGT. USAR

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Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
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