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3/18/2012 3:02:01 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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We recently stood in honor for Vietnam Veteran, Roger Garcia. The following note was sent by his sister.
Patriot Guard,
Thank you for giving tribute to Roger Garcia, Vietnam Veteran and my brother, by standing in honor for him. We very much appreciate the time and attention you gave.
God bless you. You honor our veterans proudly and respectfully.
Gratefully,
Lucy A. Portugal and family.

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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3/27/2012 7:17:57 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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Posts: 3288

My name is Randy Smith and we met on Saturday, 17 Mar 2012 at the funeral of my father-in-law (Ken Jones) at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Castle Rock, Co. I would like to take this belated opportunity to thank you and your fellow Colorado Patriot Guard Riders for showing honor and respect to my father-in-law and his family on that occasion, and the interment at Fort Logan National Cemetery the following Monday (19 Mar 2012). It meant a lot to me (North Texas Patriot Guard Rider) and the entire family to see y’all standing for our hero. Thank you for the gifts you gave to me and for those you gave from the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders to my mother-in-law, Dorothy Jones. Your organization has our respect for all you do for our nations veterans and you all will always remain in our prayers.

May God bless you and all of the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders.

Thank you once again,

Randy Smith

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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4/13/2012 3:38:59 PM


Guest
On the day of June 6th 2011 I lost my best friend, STSS Diamond Bruno to a motorcycle, accident in Florida.
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4/13/2012 3:55:20 PM


Guest
On the day of June 6th 2011 I lost my brother and best friend, SSGT Diamond Bruno, to a motorcycle accident in Florida. I can't tell you how much it meant for my family, friends, and I to have you'll come out and ride in tribute to Diamond. It was an honor and privelege to have you"ll there standing in such a difficult time in our lives. I kinda get a kick out of knowing that if Diamond would have lived longer he would have been riding with the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders well into his old age. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

John Menzies
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4/14/2012 7:22:31 PM

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

I want to thank you and the Patriot Guard Riders present at my brother Bob's service. April 9 at Ft. Logan National Cemetery.. I've ridden with the PGR for 4+years, but this was most of my family's first experience. They were very impressed and grateful.
If a funeral can be perfect, this was. Having served in Viet Nam, having several of his Army Buddies present and several more Viet Nam Vets standing tall and silent in the flag line left and impression my family won't soon forget.
For all of Bob's family, blood and blood-brothers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
SPC 4 Greg Brothersen
US ARMY 1970-1972

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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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4/15/2012 3:35:04 PM

Judith Fitzgerald
Judith Fitzgerald
Posts: 389
From the parents of SSG Lance Wilson:

Carol and I would again like to express our appreciation for the escort by the PGR for our son's funeral 13 April 2012. Just outstanding. I was riding immediately behind the hearse and was impressed by the oncoming traffic stopping, people honking their horns, others getting out of the cars and making the Sign of the Cross or placing their hand over their heart and road workers removing their headgear. Also, we love the poem you gave me after the service and were wondering if we could get permission to share it. We both were very moved by it. Please express to Eric how great it is. Again, many thanks and when I ride with the Guard again I will have a whole new appreciation. Sincerely Jerry & Carol Wilson, North Platte, NE

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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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4/19/2012 3:42:54 PM


Guest
Received today at our PO Box:

Thank you for being there for Allan C. Hackett on February 23rd at Ft Logan. I want to thank you with all my heart for the touching and honorable way you paid your respects to Allan

Maureen Huaer-Hackett
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5/7/2012 8:48:40 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
We received the following note of thanks from the granddaughter of US Army Veteran, Jack Louis James, at his Funeral Service, in Lakewood, on Saturday, May 5th:

It means the world to us that you took the time to do this for my grandpa.

With much love and thanks.

The James, Meeks and Calkum Family

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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5/12/2012 8:41:51 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
The following note of thanks was just received from the Veterans at Heather Grove, in Denver:
May your kindness of giving ice cream sundaes at Heather Grove find it's way back to you.
Sincerely.
The Veterans at Heather Grove.

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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5/12/2012 8:53:31 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
Here is a thank you note from the family of WWII Veteran, William Chin:
On April 20, 2012, your Patriot Guard Riders attended the memorial service for William C. Chin, a 96 year old WWII veteran who served as a communications officer in the 14th Air Force in Asia. Your men and women honored our father with a wonderful display of Flags and patriotism for which our family will always be grateful.
We are deeply appreciative to all of you for honoring our father in such a distinguished way.

Sincerely.
Cynthia, Diane and William Chin, Jr.

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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5/27/2012 6:22:03 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
The following note of appreciation, came from Louetta Smith, the Organizer of the annual Memorial Day Tribute to Gold Star Families and the heroes they lost in Service to our Country. This Tribute was held at the Veterans Monument in Denver:

To the fine PGRs!

What can I say about a group of guys willing to lose sleep and risk their lives in the wiles of downtown Denver - so that a group of families who gave so much can be honored???

Thank you so much for your selfless service in keeping the tent and supplies safe for the Tribute. Truly you do a job no one else will or can do!

Then, you put up with me frantically barking out requests when I get there at the crack of dawn! (Sorry!)

You all are wonderful, and don't think this act of service and kindness goes unnoticed!

I hope that each of you has a wonderful start to the summer!

Louetta

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/27/2012 7:18:43 PM

Glenn Reed Jr
Glenn Reed Jr
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To My PGR Brothers and Sisters.
I personally wanted to say Thank you for the excellent assistance ya'll gave us here in Wyoming for the escort and transfer of Spc Tyler Sanderson on June 21 and 23. With the busy schelude ya'll have ya'll have always been able to help us. I truely appreciate that. Also I would like to say Thank you to the Federal Protection Agency that gave us the escort with the lights on and cleared the traffic for us.
Thank you
Glenn R. Reed Jr
USAF Ret.
Wyoming PGR Assistant State Captain

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Glenn R. Reed Jr.
USAF (Ret.)
Wyoming PGR Assistant State Captain
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7/11/2012 6:35:27 AM

Kay Julian
Kay Julian
Posts: 428
Thank you so much for honoring Lt Col (ret) Ralph Hartman and his family by generating a Patriot Guard mission. Several people commented on being glad that they were there and it was humbling to meet people who have done so much for our country, who are still doing so much for our military members, and who consider it an honor to do so.


Chaplain Rives M. Duncan
Wing Chaplain, 310th Space Wing
Schriever AFB, CO
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Kay Julian
"Freedom Isn't Free"
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7/24/2012 9:28:26 PM

Judith Fitzgerald
Judith Fitzgerald
Posts: 389
Thanks to Rick for his help in arranging the mission for my father-in-law and husband. We had over 20 flags and bikes from KS and OK, both PGR and Legion Riders, and the family and I appreciated it very much. The postings of thoughts and prayers from my local PGR borthers and sisters touched me especially. Thank you all, Judith

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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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7/25/2012 8:43:14 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
On July 24th, we stood in honor at the Services for US Navy Veteran, Paul Hoedel, in Boulder. After the Interment Service, at the Cemetery, at least a dozen of Paul's family and friends thanked each PGR member in attendance, personally. One of the attendees gave verbal recognition to the Colorado PGR, followed by applause from the family and friends. Following is a note of thanks we received:

Thanks again for your presence yesterday. My wife’s grandfather would have been extremely proud and I can’t imagine a better send off for Paul.
Please express our families gratitude again to all those that were able to pay tribute to Paul.
Regards
Kim Spickard

edited by jwherst on 2/20/2013

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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7/30/2012 9:09:23 AM

Rick Shoaf
Rick Shoaf
Posts: 822
I received this about an hour ago...

I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to Jesse's funeral. You all did an amazing job. I had the opportunity to walk around and shake many of the hands and thank them for coming to it. The funeral went amazing. Jesse would have been very happy with the arrangements and the personnel that came to support him.

Trevor

edited by sardawg28 on 7/30/2012

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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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8/18/2012 6:46:53 PM


Guest
Received today at the PGR PO Box.

My family and I wish to thank you for doing what you did for Tom.
Everything was beautiful. I know Tom would be proud of you people.
Again, thank you for everything, and God Bless.


Dorothy Rizzo & family, Tom, Cindy & Dan.

of Louisville, CO
edited by CHARGER on 8/18/2012
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10/14/2012 8:30:05 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
Administrator
Posts: 3288
The following note of appreciation was sent by Steve Simoni, US Marine and Fire Team brother of PFC James Jacques, who's Service we attended on October 9, 2012. This puts into perspective the impact your support has on some who have suffered the loss of a loved one or a brother in arms..............Jim

Sometimes in life, someone does something so selfless and honorable that you to need to take the time to acknowledge them. In the military you would receive a medal for honor, valor, and heroism. I’m referring to the Patriot Guard Riders and Wellington Carriage Company, Lorraine Melgosa and her horse Duke. They have brought our KIA Koh Tang brothers home with HONOR. Their selfless acts and devotion to ALL our veterans is reflection of their souls. I looked up the word HERO and this is one definition: somebody who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements. You are now my hero.

You escort our fallen to their final resting place. You allowed me the closeness and gave me the time I needed. You stood by my side with your hand on my shoulder, told me it would be ok. You made me part of the team to give the families the closure they so desperately need. You turned tears of sadness into tears of joy. You turned something so tragic, into something so good. Although never forgotten and still fresh in our minds, we can now have closure and put this in the past. 37 years is a long time to wait, but what you have given us made it well worth the wait. You lighten a path and gave me a direction to follow. This comes with no clasp or a shinny piece of metal that you wear on your jacket. But as a simply thank you, hold in your heart, know you made a difference in so many lives.

On behalf of the Koh Tang / Mayaguez veterans and the families of our fallen, thank you.

Semper Fi
God Bless

Steve Simoni

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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10/14/2012 10:48:15 PM

JOHN GIST
JOHN GIST
Posts: 64
Thanks for posting those letters. I am proud to honor our heros, and these letters make me know why I do what I do.

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"When governments fear the people, there is Liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny" Thomas Jefferson
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11/12/2012 7:54:54 PM

Rick Shoaf
Rick Shoaf
Posts: 822
I received this today...
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I would really like to thank you and the Colorado PGR for everything you did for my children this past Saturday. They never knew their grandfather when he served in the Army and this meant a lot to them seeing that he was not forgotten. My son is very proud and wants to bring the flag and coins with him to California when he come over Christmas so he and I can make a shadow box.

Please pass on to the rest of the PGR that I send out a very heart felt thank you for everything the PGR does for the United States and its Veterans.

Very Respectful,

Chuck "Skrachz: Brassell

US Navy Seabee

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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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