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6/4/2011 1:33:59 AM

Rick Shoaf
Rick Shoaf
Posts: 822
I received the following thank you note this evening.

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I wanted to say Thank You for your Patriot Guard Riders who served today for the funeral of Cpl. Brandon Kirton. What a wonderful tribute! It makes me so proud to be an American, especially when I see so many Veterans who give their time to pay tribute and honor our Fallen Heroes. I arrived at Mission Hill’s Church today, just as Cpl. Kirton was being taken out of the hearse. My eyes welled up with tears of pride not only for him, but also for all of the American Flags being held by our amazing veterans.

I am the mother of a soldier, my daughter Calea ‘Bug’ Meyer, who is currently serving in Afghanistan. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and pray for her safety. I pray several times a day for her and all of our military personnel and their families. She is proud to serve with the U.S. Army.

Again, Thank You so very much for what you do to honor our Fallen Heroes.

May God Bless you always,

Patti Meyer

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edited by sardawg28 on 6/4/2011

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"...And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of satisfaction, I served in the United States Navy." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Rick "Speed Bump" Shoaf
United States Navy 1970 - 2000
AFCM(AW/NAC) ret

Past State Captain 2011 to 2013
Senior Ride Captain, Northern Colorado

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, BUT rather to SKID In BROADSIDE, completely used up, bloody and bruised, totally worn out, and screaming "WOW---WHAT A RIDE"!!
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6/6/2011 3:32:01 PM

Ted Malone
Ted Malone
Administrator
Posts: 1267
An article from the Spring 2011 Fitzsimmons newsletter:


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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
http://www.coloradopgr.org
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6/12/2011 5:06:00 PM


Guest
We received the following letter at our PO BOX this week:

Dear Patriot Guard Riders,

Thank you so much for the important part you played in making my father's service so memorable. I will never forget the feeling of unbelievable pride and heart - felt gratitude I experienced as I approached the staging area on that cold, gloomy, rainy day and saw all of you standing in honor of my father. It was truly a pleasure to have seen that show of unselfish patriotism.

I'm proud to know there is an organization called the Patriot Guard Riders!

Thank each and every one of you for being there for Elmer Lee Fondren and his family.

Sincerely, Debra Charlton
edited by CHARGER on 6/12/2011
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7/5/2011 7:30:06 PM


Guest
Thank you note for CWO3 Kenneth R. White Mission

During a time like this we realize how much our friends and relatives really mean to us....
Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered.

Thank you for your service.''John & Linda White and Family.
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7/23/2011 1:51:37 PM

Rick Shoaf
Rick Shoaf
Posts: 822
I just received this from Mr Randy Johnson...

From the bottom of my heart, please express my sincere thanks to all those who attended today. It was an Honor and Privilege to ride in and stand with them. The family, For sure, was honored and humbled. One of the uncles commented that he did not know most of the mourners that came and that it meant so much to him. 9News aired it at top of broadcast at 5pm and will again at 6pm and 10pm
I look forward to joining in missions with you all for other fallen heros. Please add me to your email list for upcoming missions

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"...And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of satisfaction, I served in the United States Navy." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Rick "Speed Bump" Shoaf
United States Navy 1970 - 2000
AFCM(AW/NAC) ret

Past State Captain 2011 to 2013
Senior Ride Captain, Northern Colorado

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, BUT rather to SKID In BROADSIDE, completely used up, bloody and bruised, totally worn out, and screaming "WOW---WHAT A RIDE"!!
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8/9/2011 6:28:24 PM


Guest
RE: Specialist Brandon Kirton

"I was there for this one its good to know if we don't make it back you guy's make sure we never ride alone! Thank you guys for what you do its because of people like you we do what we do!!!!"
Fighterstud83
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8/19/2011 9:48:32 PM

Robert Balzli
Robert Balzli
Posts: 39
Jeremy Landis On behalf of all of us who have served in the military, thank you, Robert, to you and all of the Patriot Guard Riders. I was at the service today for Mr. Carter and you all cannot be thanked enough for what you do. Walking into the church this morning with so many of you lining the sidewalk holding the American flag was very powerful, and was the first of several times I was moved to tears today. There are many ways of serving one's country and the Patriot Guard is a shining example of why this nation is so incredible. Heroes such as Dave Carter and Bryan Nichols, along with the families they leave behind, deserve recognition. You do, too, though. You are true patriots and you, too, exemplify the best of our great country.
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8/20/2011 11:24:03 AM

Robert Balzli
Robert Balzli
Posts: 39
Thank You Jeremy! I've reposted your thank you to the Colorado Patriot Guard site. Many of my PGR brothers have served in the military and some are decorated from head to toe! These are the men that gave and gave and are still giving! They will give until it literally kills them. Hell has thrown its best at these men and they are still here, silently giving to our Great Nation. These are the men that you refer to and they deserve your praise. Even though all of them would brush your praise off as just doing their job. And I hope one day they are recognized by the entire nation. People like you make me have hope that their very special service will get the recognition it deserves. Women like Rat represent the families that have been holding down the home front during our many wars and they deserve the same recognition. Its the families behind these hero's that hold it all together. Any man would be proud to have a PGR woman in their fox hole. And God have mercy on the enemy that tried to take that fox hole. These women are tough as nails and fight like mama grizzlies. As for me I humbly accept your recognition of my small part in our Great Nations struggle to stay liberated from oppression. Thank you for your service Jeremy.
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8/20/2011 6:16:32 PM


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Thank you to everyone who attended CW4 Carter's services. A friend of ours is a pilot in the same unit and I sent him an update and a photo of the PGRs waiting for the procession to start. I was only able to make the procession ride up to I-25 but was amazed by what I saw and very appreciate of what you all do. It has strengthened my resolve to continue riding with the Guard when I can. Our friend wrote this back from Afghanistan:

"Thanks for the update, and the support from everyone is overwhelming. It makes me very happy to see the tribute to CW4 Dave Carter. He was a great American in every aspect of his life. We referred to him as “Pappa Duck” because he always had some junior pilots following him around as he trained them. He will truly be missed."
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9/6/2011 7:51:49 AM

Ted Malone
Ted Malone
Administrator
Posts: 1267
The family of Walter L. Huebner, a USAF WWII and Korean War veteran, wishes to thank the Patriot Guard Riders for their services. Your escort service to Ft. Logan on August 26th, and the flag line at the mortuary and cemetery were impressive and greatly appreciated. Walter was proud to serve his country and would have felt very honored by your presence.

Sincerely,

Ruth A. Huebner

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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
http://www.coloradopgr.org
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9/18/2011 9:24:03 AM

Ted Malone
Ted Malone
Administrator
Posts: 1267
TO ALL THE PATRIOT GUARDS
This is to say sincere thanks to all that were are the “9/11” ceremony at Memorial Park rememorizing our fallen in the War on Terrorism. We commend your significance presence at the ceremony, as was mentioned in The Gazette’s reporting of the ceremony on the following Monday.
It was a pleasure to talk with Bram Lerner and some of your great crew.
Thank you for your efforts!
Respectfully on behalf of The Rotary Club of Colorado Springs,
Colonel (ret) Jim Rix

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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
http://www.coloradopgr.org
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10/27/2011 12:44:14 PM

Rick Shoaf
Rick Shoaf
Posts: 822
I received this this morning...

October 27, 2011

To all Colorado Patriot Guard Riders brothers and sisters: Thank you for standing for David Fitzgerald at his final mission on earth.
David loved the PGR and, as a Viet Nam veteran, found in it a meaningful mission: welcoming home every soldier he possibly could.
On the trip to The Wall he intended to finally lay down the burdens of PTSD and say goodbye to the comrades he left behind. Instead, he joined them.
The love, friendship and support of the PGR are a source of strength for me to do my best in carrying on his mission. I thank you with my whole heart.
Judith Fitzgerald and the family of David Fitzgerald
edited by sardawg28 on 10/27/2011

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"...And any man who may be asked in this century what he did to make his life worthwhile, I think can respond with a good deal of satisfaction, I served in the United States Navy." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Rick "Speed Bump" Shoaf
United States Navy 1970 - 2000
AFCM(AW/NAC) ret

Past State Captain 2011 to 2013
Senior Ride Captain, Northern Colorado

"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, BUT rather to SKID In BROADSIDE, completely used up, bloody and bruised, totally worn out, and screaming "WOW---WHAT A RIDE"!!
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10/30/2011 6:26:24 PM

Ted Malone
Ted Malone
Administrator
Posts: 1267
I received this today:


I wanted to take a moment to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing such an incredible job at SSG Cowdrey's funeral yesterday. I traveled from Ft. Bliss to support Jill Cowdrey and her boys as I am a fellow military wife and Jill's friend. I had recently gone to support the PGR at Ft Bliss for the funeral of SSG Christopher Diaz who was laid to rest on 12 October 2011. I felt proud to be there to support the family but did not truly know how much they would appreciate so many people being there. Unfortunately, having to attend the funeral of my dear friend's husband was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. But, as I rode in the line of cars on the way to the funeral and saw the hundreds of people standing in support, in addition to all of the PGR at the high school and the cemetery, it dawned on me just how vital your job is and how much it is appreciated. I cannot put into words how much it meant to us for you to be there protecting us. It was a beautiful service and your presence will NEVER be forgotten. Thank you.

LeAnn Bradshaw-Mueller

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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
http://www.coloradopgr.org
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11/30/2011 11:27:05 PM

Judith Fitzgerald
Judith Fitzgerald
Posts: 389
Received from Mark Gritton, "KB on Loan":

It has been six months since the wreck. I want everyone to know that I have been put back together again. A special and deeply heartfelt thank you to the NMPGR. You all made me feel like family. I don't think I would have made as fast a recovery without you all. A special thanks to CPGR for all your support. To Mary and Terri, a very special place in my heart for you two. Kay (L'il Boss) you are my heart. It is an honor to know you. David introduced me into the CPGR and I could search a lifetime and never find a better group of people. I'm a better person for knowing you all. Ted and Mary, I have nothing but the utmost respect and love for you. Robin, thank you for being such a great friend. Jack, you are hometown and already a dear friend. Big Ron, God has a very special place foryou, thank you. Bob, you are a great flagman and a very dear friend. Bob and Terri, I keep enjoying your friendship. Judith, you are never alone. If I missed anybody it is not that I don't care, but because of all of you that I do care. Mark Wilde, I am glad that I've met you and your family--I couldn't ask for better. Spencer, Brother, thank your being there, and special thanks for finishing the Ride. Fred, Melissa and family your loss is my grief. Love you all. Lucky, the name says it all. Abe, the only thing I can say is dirt looks fresher than you--I love you, Brother. Gail, your are a dear friend, thank you.

To all PGR, a special place in my heart for you all. The best way to describe David and I is we didn't always get it right but we did get it done. To you, my Brother, I am a better person for knowing you. David believed in me when no one else did. Ride free, Brother. We all face challenges; it's how we face them that makes us family. Thank You, Mark Gritton.

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Judith "HeyJude" Fitzgerald
So. Colorado Ride Captain
Serving in honor of David Fitzgerald and all veterans who have gone before.
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2/16/2012 8:55:25 AM

Judith Fitzgerald
Judith Fitzgerald
Posts: 389
The family of Armand Trujillo, USN Veteran, expresses their sincere appreciation for the flagline and honors for their brother at his funeral February 10th in Colorado Springs.

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Judith "HeyJude" Fitzgerald
So. Colorado Ride Captain
Serving in honor of David Fitzgerald and all veterans who have gone before.
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2/20/2012 1:29:56 PM

Judith Fitzgerald
Judith Fitzgerald
Posts: 389
Thanks, everyone, for the congratulations, confidence and assistance. I'm working hard to do a good job for the PGR!

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Judith "HeyJude" Fitzgerald
So. Colorado Ride Captain
Serving in honor of David Fitzgerald and all veterans who have gone before.
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3/18/2012 1:40:01 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
The following note of appreciation was sent by Colorado PGR member, Matt Voris:

I just wanted to say Thank You to all who attended my Nephew’s welcome home at DIA on Saturday night, March 10th! Nathan was blown away and was literally speechless at his reception at DIA! He told me he will never forget seeing you guys as he came up the escalator. He also said he will always keep his challenge coin from the PGR as a reminder of what you did for him. Know that what you do does make a huge difference in the lives of our troops, veterans, and their families! Proud to know you all and be a part of the PGR. With eternal gratitude. Sincerely,
Matt Voris
edited by jwherst on 3/18/2012

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/18/2012 1:45:28 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
We recently received the following thank you note:
Dear Colorado Patriot Guard Riders,
Thank you for your Service to our Country and for your solemn display of respect at Marvin Gordy's Funeral.

Most sincerely,

Jackie Losassa-Leas

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/18/2012 1:51:16 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
Dear Patriot Guard Riders,
I would like to thank you for honoring my father, Joe Manzanares, in such a heartfelt gesture. It was very thoughtful and very much appreciated. His death was unexpected and your willingness to be part of the ceremony in such a fashion was humbling. He would have been honored.
Thank you for your tireless efforts to bring some appreciation to those that are serving or have served.
Cynthia Martin

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/18/2012 2:03:41 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
We recently attended the Retirement Ceremony of Barbara Lilly, long time employee at the VA Hospital. She was responsible for volunteer services and training, therefore, we worked closely with her. As you can imagine, she was very supportive of Veterans and heavily involved in issues that affected Veterans. She served in Vietnam, during the war, with the American Red Cross.
At the Ceremony, we presented Barbara with a framed certificate of appreciation. We received the following words of thanks from her:
Dear friends,
Thank you for honoring me by coming to my retirement party and presenting me with a certificate from the Patriot Guard Riders. I thank you also for the services you provide to our veterans in so many ways. For those of you who are veterans, I thank you for your service to our Country. Patriotism is a value I cherish.
May God bless you and keep you safe on your missions.

With love and respect.

Barbara Lilly

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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