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11/26/2017 11:50:33 AM

Jim Herstein
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On October 30, 2017 the Colorado PGR stood in honor at the Service for Glenn Swinson, in Brush, CO. The following note of thanks and a generous donation was sent by his family:

It meant a great deal to have you at our father's Funeral Service.

Thank you for your Service.

The family of Glenn Swinson.

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Jim
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11/26/2017 12:08:25 PM

Jim Herstein
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On November 22, 2017 the Colorado PGR stood in honor at the Interment Service for Stanley Kohtz. The following note of thanks and a generous donation was provided by his family:

Colorado PGR,

As a military spouse, daughter, niece and grand daughter, I would like to thank each and everyone of you, from the bottom of my heart, for all you stand for. Our family could not think of a better way to honor our uncle, Stanley Kohtz. In a torn country where many choose to cower, we stand proudly with you to honor those who have served. Thank you for being a blessing to many. You are seen and appreciated.

Love,


Proud Americans

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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12/9/2017 7:12:40 PM

Jim Herstein
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Today, while at the Monthly Service at Fort Logan National Cemetery, the family of one of the honorees, a US Navy and Vietnam Veteran, presented us with the following note of thanks and a generous donation:


Dear Patriot Guard Riders,


Thank you for what you do. Your organization is doing amazing things to honor those that are most deserving.


My dad was so very proud to have served his country and would be proud that donations could be made to organizations like yours in his memory and honor. (Johnny Svaldi, US Navy and Vietnam)


Thank you.


Dawn and Karen Svaldi and many more that loved him so.



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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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12/11/2017 2:36:09 PM

Jim Herstein
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Following is a note of thanks from Beverly Harms of American Airlines, Colorado Springs:


Thank you all for supporting our Snowball Express.


We can't do it without you!




Below is a link to the coverage by FOX 21 News:

http://www.fox21news.com/news/good-news/1600-kids-and-families-take-the-snowball-express-to-dallas/878396814

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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12/11/2017 2:52:43 PM

Jim Herstein
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Last December, Richard A. Harper, a US Air Force Veteran died, without family, in Colorado Springs. Because he had no family, we made arrangements for his Interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery on June 19, 2017. Last Friday, because I was the point of contact, I received the following certificate:


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The United States of America


Honors the Memory of


Richard A. Harper


This Certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.


Donald J. Trump
President of the United States


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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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12/11/2017 7:04:01 PM

Robert McCune
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On 1 Dec I received a framed photo montage/poster and letter from Jim Wear, President of the annual Salute to American Veterans Rally at Cripple Creek, thanking the Patriot Guard for our support. The letter reads:


On behalf of Pro Promotions and the Salute to American Veterans Rally Committee, please accept this certificate as a small token of our appreciation for your dedication to the Veterans Rally.


The 25th annual event this year went very well and was one of the largest turnouts in recent history. Of course, and as always, we could never have hoped to pull it off without the generous support from good folks like you.


We look forward to working with you again in the future. Your outstanding support for our United States Veterans and Troops, and your patriotism and dedication to our mission is greatly appreciated by everyone on this end. We hope you enjoyed the event and accomplished your mission as well.


With Respect,
James F. Wear
President



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Bob "Ironsides" McCune
SMSgt, USAF EOD Retired 1975-2001
State Captain-Colorado
Military Liaison
(719)332-4470
statecaptain@coloradopgr.org
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12/26/2017 4:51:07 PM

Lisa Menard
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On December 22nd and 23rd, the Colorado PGR were honored to help receive and escort LtCol Randy Velesquez, who died suddenly while in Landstuhl, Germany. There were several agencies involved, and a changing timeline over a couple of days. We received the following note, which I have abbreviated, and removed some of the names which don't pertain to our organization. Special shout out to Bob "Ironsides" McCune for taking the lead on this, including communicating with COS airport personnel, COPGR folks and the ALR posts in southern Colorado. Job Well Done!!


This from Nathan Morehouse, who was the lead coordinator in getting LtCol Velasquez home:


Saying thank you, always seems too little.

Your proffered contribution[s] speaks to service; in which I refer to as, a calling. Thank you.

There are many more volunteers and donors behind the scenes to which we may never know.

Mr. Larry Money, Ride Captain, Patriot Guard Riders – Thank you and your members in detail support and planning

Mr. Robert “Ironsides” McCune, Assistant State Captain for Southern Colorado, Colorado Patriot Guard Riders – Please convey our regards to the riders and assisting posts from varying chapters and volunteers.

Ms. Lisa Menard, State Captain, Colorado Patriot Guard Riders

And from Jon Myers, who was LtCol Velasquez escort from Germany to Alamosa:

As LtCol Velasquez' escort home, friend, and fellow Marine, I simply cannot put into words how much I thank you all for your assistance in helping me get LtCol Velasquez back to his family before Christmas day in an honorable and dignified manner. It truly seems like a Christmas miracle that we are able to pull it off through a network of volunteer Marines, former Marines, police, government, sympathetic companies/businesses, regular citizens, and too many others to mention.

When Randy passed away suddenly just one week ago on a short one week assignment out of uniform, it seemed immediately apparent to me that it was the right thing to do to get this Marine home to his family before Christmas with appropriate honors. What kind of message would it send to put this important task on hold so that we could first enjoy our holidays? I had no idea how difficult this task would really be. But all along the path, there were kind people who bent over backwards to make this happen. From the funeral director in Germany who was the only one in the region who said he could compress his timeline down from 9 days to 2....and then accepted the challenge when I told him "I'll give you ONE", to the Marine Major who I randomly grabbed from her office because she spoke German and I needed somebody with German language skills but American attitude to argue down resistant German airport and customs officials, to the kind pilots and ground crew at Delta, to the Marines of Colorado, and many others.

Now that we have ensured that LtCol Velasquez not only reached his family but also received all the honors and recognition he was due as a reserve Marine, I hope sincerely that everyone has a Merry Christmas with the knowledge that you did something truly wonderful for LtCol Velasquez and his family.
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Lisa Menard

Be not simply good, be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau
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12/31/2017 3:57:49 PM

Robert McCune
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On 12 Dec 2017 I had the honor of accepting a Certificate of Appreciation from Colorado District 5 of the VFW. The certificate reads:

Colorado District 5 Veterans of Foreign Wars Presents this Certificate of Appreciation to Colorado Patriot Guard Riders as an expression of sincere appreciation and full praise for service rendered to the community on behalf of Mrs. Belasco.

Given this 12th day of December 2017
Signed by District 5 Commander Kevin Reinhold and District 5 Acting Service Officer Cynthia Galvin

As you may remember, Mrs. Belasco was worried that no one would honor the life of her husband Ray Belasco. The word got out and the entire community responded with an incredible turnout for the 30 Sept memorial held at American Legion Post 38. It was an honor to RC our portion of the mission and to be a part of a community determined to let Mrs. Belasco know that we care. I know she was deeply touched. Thanks to everyone who helped make that day special!

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Bob "Ironsides" McCune
SMSgt, USAF EOD Retired 1975-2001
State Captain-Colorado
Military Liaison
(719)332-4470
statecaptain@coloradopgr.org
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1/20/2018 6:32:21 PM

Jim Herstein
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On Wednesday, January 17, 2018 a number of our Colorado PGR members stood in honor at the Fort Logan Interment Service for Charles Archuleta. Following the Service, his family presented each of our members with thank you cards containing $25.00 in cash. This made for a very generous donation to our HOTH Fund.

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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2/8/2018 9:11:34 AM

Jim Herstein
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Last year, the Colorado PGR donated $500.00 towards a panel to replace the one that had been vandalized. We just received the following note of thanks.




As 2017 came to a close, the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation wishes to extend our deepest gratitude for your support. Last year was the most remarkable year in our short history.




When we wanted to create a meaningful display at the Memorial that would bring the fallen of WWI and WWII closer to home, we were able to work with the American Battle Monuments Commission to obtain soil from the gravesites of Colorado veterans buried in eight countries around the world. Then, when one of our glass panels was destroyed by vandalism, the immediate and overwhelming support of the community allowed us to replace the panel and install a security system. When we created our beautiful Luminaria display, the generosity of our supporters ensured that there would be a light for each of the 6218 fallen we honor. The time, treasure and enormous amounts of love from our supporters are what make the Colorado Freedom Memorial so special.




Now comes 2018 and the fifth anniversary of the CFM. And my, what special things we have planned for this year! We are beginning work on a new website that is a needed upgrade. We have teamed with Mile High Memorial for the creation of a granite monument that will exhibit the soil we received in 2017. And, we are planning a fifth anniversary commemoration for the Memorial Day weekend that will be our biggest event yet. There's more, but, I don't want to give everything away! Suffice to say it will require ongoing support by friends like you to make this happen.




Thank you again for your generous donation. We send along our best wishes for a wonderful 2018 and look forward to seeing you at the Colorado Freedom Memorial soon.




With Sincere Gratitude




Rick Crandall

President/Founder

Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation




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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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2/20/2018 6:29:31 PM

Jim Herstein
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We just received the following note of thanks and Certificate of Appreciation from Wreaths Across America:

Patriot Guard Riders of Colorado, Inc.

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the Wreaths Across America Program. Through the efforts of over 3270 fundraising groups, corporate and general donations this year we were able to place over 1.5 million wreaths at 1422 participating cemeteries. We could not do it without you, our boots on the ground.

As a small token of appreciation for your group's efforts, please find enclosed your Fundraising Group 2017 Certificate of Appreciation.

Presented to:

Patriot Guard Riders of Colorado, Inc.

In recognition of your groups outstanding efforts in helping to further the mission: "Remember", "Honor", "Teach".

Your hard work and dedication to the program is greatly appreciated.

Karen Worcester
Executive Director
Wreaths Across America

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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2/23/2018 6:03:14 PM

Jim Herstein
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A number of our members attended the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event, in Denver, on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Following this event, the following note of thanks was received:

On behalf of the entire Air Force Reserve Command Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, our Airmen and their families, thank you for volunteering your time to support the Denver event last weekend. With your support, we were able to assist more than 800 deployers, families and friends.

Again, many thanks to you and your organizations for volunteering your time and supporting those who serve!

"For Those Who Serve and Those Who Support"

V/R,

ELLIE TORRES, SMSgt, USAF
940TH ARW Yellow Ribbon Wing Representative
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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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2/25/2018 8:04:52 AM

Jim Herstein
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The following note of thanks was received from the wife of a Veteran who's Service we attended on February 22, 2018:



I just wanted to say thank you for your help in giving my husband, Ernest H Shonrock, the send off that he deserved at Fort Logan on February 22, 2018. I did get the Funeral Director to know of your existence as she had never heard of your group. Again, I want to thank you very much for the work that your group did on such short notice?



Glo Shonrock

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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2/28/2018 2:47:34 PM

Jim Balcerovich
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On Saturday, February 10th, 2018, the Colorado PGR stood in honor of Deputy Micha Flick, El Paso County Sheriff, killed in the line of duty.


I just received the following note from the family addressed to the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders:

"The family of Micah Lee Flick acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. May God Bless you, Rachael, Levi and Eliana"

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Damnit Jim
Ride Captain, Southern Co
jim.balcerovich@coloradopgr.org
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3/1/2018 7:24:45 AM

Robert McCune
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On Wednesday, February 28th, 2018, I received the following note from the Garrison Commander of Ft. Carson to the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders:


"Thank you for the recent contribution on behalf of the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders. I offer my gratitude for the donations of toys, gift cards, and $20.00. Your donation supports the ongoing programming needs of our Families of the Fallen. The support also allowed our Survivor Outreach Services program to extend their holiday support programs.


Your generosity and support makes a huge impact on the Fort Carson Community by providing for the health, comfort and morale of Soldiers and their Families. Thank you again for your continued support of our Soldiers and their Families."


Sincerely,
Ronald P. Fitch, Jr
Colonel, U. S. Army
Garrison Commander

The Colorado PGR donated almost $3,000.00 in toys, clothing, gift cards and cash. I want to again thank everyone who contributed to this noble effort. I am sure this year's Toy Drive will be even better. You all are a testament to what is good and right in our community!

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Bob "Ironsides" McCune
SMSgt, USAF EOD Retired 1975-2001
State Captain-Colorado
Military Liaison
(719)332-4470
statecaptain@coloradopgr.org
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3/4/2018 9:41:30 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On February 16th we were honored to stand for Kyle Powers, the son of one of our members. Following is a note we received from Kyle's dad:

Thank you again for your group’s participation in my son’s funeral. It was a moving ceremony that the Patriot Guard was an integral part of.

Gratefully,

Kevin Powers




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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/4/2018 9:52:26 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On Friday, March 2, 2018, the Colorado PGR attended the Funeral Service for retired Firefighter, US Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran, Larry D. Mitchell, in Greeley. The following comments were sent by PGR member, Dave Beckmann:


Thank you very much for standing at the funeral this morning. Angie has told me several times now how much she appreciated the Patriot Guard being there. She also mentioned how much she appreciated the presentation that was made prior to the service. The service went very well with the presentation of the colors and the honor guard standing vigil over the cremains. After the service everybody walked to the East End of the parking lot where the Union Colony Marines had a 21 gun salute. Thanks again for everything.

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/12/2018 4:20:52 PM

Jim Herstein
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This March 12, 2018 Interment Service is one of the last ones we have on our Calendar prior to the March 20th retirement of John, one of the Fort Logan Cemetery Directors and a great friend of the Colorado PGR over the past twelve years. John has directed about 18,000 Services during his time there. Hopefully, we will be able to meet with him either before or after the Interment Service in order to express our appreciation and wish him well.

We were able to meet with John following the Service at Fort Logan, today. We presented him with the signed Colorado PGR patch, which had been framed. He was very appreciative and indicated that the high points of his time at Fort Logan National Cemetery included making sure the Services in which he was involved were honorable for those who served. He also very much enjoyed working with our Organization and appreciated what we stand for.

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/19/2018 4:33:01 PM

Jim Herstein
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The Colorado PGR attended the Services for Kenneth R. Baird in Colorado Springs on March 2nd and at Fort Logan National Cemetery on March 5th. The following note of thanks was just received:



Colorado Patriot Guard Riders,




We have enclosed a check for $155.00 in memory of Kenneth R. Baird. The money came from several of his neighbors in the Red Rock Valley Estates, Colorado Springs, who donated for a flower arrangement for his Service on March 5, 2018. We had a balance of $155.00 left over and the family wanted it donated. We saw the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders at the Service and wanted to donate the balance to you.




Thank you for all you do and thank you for your Service.




Sincerely,




Red Rock Valley Estates

In Memory of Kenneth R. Baird

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/30/2018 6:48:14 PM

Jim Herstein
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On March 13, 2018 the Colorado PGR attended the Services for Linus F. Wasinger in Fort Collins. We received the following note of thanks from his family:




Dear Patriot Guard Riders,




I cannot put into words what my heart feels every time I think of all of you, the outpour of love and support in your words that were printed and given to our family and the respect and honor you showed my Dad, Linus F. Wasinger at his celebration of life on March 13, 2018 in Fort Collins, CO. With deep heartfelt gratitude, thank you to all of you who stood in honor of my Dad, that day. It would have brought tears to his eyes as it did mine to see the entrance to his service lined with American Flags being held be individuals offering their respects and providing comfort with their presence. The feeling of walking through the entrance, lined by all of you was one of great comfort, support, unity, respect, honor and gratitude. You being there was a precious reminder of my Dad's love, loyalty, dedication and service to his country. If my Dad would have seen you lined up at his gravesite it would have moved him to tears and he would have felt so blessed and honored to have his friends there, even though he had never met you. My Dad knew no strangers, so on behalf of him, Dad would say "thank you my friends for standing by me today".




Thank you all for making Dad's funeral beautiful, complete and one he would have loved.




With a heart full of gratitude,




His daughter, Joy Margheim and the entire Wasinger family.

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