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9/8/2017 12:30:05 PM

Jim Herstein
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On July 5, 2017 the Colorado Patriot Guard stood at the Services for US Army Veteran, Robert Rehburg. The following note of thanks was sent by his family:


Thank you so much for attending Robert's Services, both at the church and cemetery. We really appreciate all you have done for us as a family.


The Robert Rehburg family

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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9/8/2017 12:31:47 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On August 17, 2017 the Colorado Patriot Guard stood in honor for the Services of USMC Veteran, Estevan Villarreal in Brush, Colorado. The following note of thanks was sent by his family:


Patriot Guard Riders,


Thank you for honoring Estevan. It meant a lot to him and all the members of his family.


Thank you.


The Villarreal Family

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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9/8/2017 12:33:48 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On August 18, 2017 the Colorado Patriot Guard stood in honor for the Service of US Air Force Veteran, Harry Staub, Jr. The following note of thanks was sent by his family:


Colorado Patriot Guard Riders,


To all that showed up to honor my father, Harry R. Staub, Jr., on Friday, August 18th, I want to thank you for this, for taking the time to honor my mom with the kind words and memorabilia. You all gave comfort to our family during this difficult moment. We thank you so much for your service to our country.


God bless you all.


JoAnn Leonard and Barbara Staub

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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9/27/2017 10:08:55 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On August 5, 2017 the Colorado PGR stood in honor, in Colorado Springs, for WWII Veteran, Wayne E. Carver. The following note of thanks was sent by his family:


We can't express how much your coming meant to us to honor Dad's Service.


Thanks so much!


Dora, Kathy and Linda

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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9/29/2017 9:20:38 AM

Lisa Menard
Lisa Menard
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On September 28, we stood in honor for Tom Kurtz at Fort Logan National Cemetery. We received the following thank you note:

I wanted to thank everyone from the PGR who came out for Tom Kurtz' funeral yesterday. They were awesome and Emily loved that they were there. I wanted to say thanx to everyone in person, but they were off to the next funeral before ours wrapped up. Please pass along my heart felt thanx for all you do. It made a big difference and was very much appreciated.

Thanx again. torch
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Lisa Menard
State Captain
statecaptain@coloradopgr.org
720-838-3692
Be not simply good, be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau
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11/26/2017 11:41:51 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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We recently received the following note of thanks and a generous donation from Cathie Marrufo. Cathie has been a friend of the Colorado PGR since May, 2011, when we stood in honor at the Interment Service for her husband, Benny.

Happy Veterans Day to all of you.


God bless you and best regards.

Cathie Marrufo

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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11/26/2017 11:50:33 AM

Jim Herstein
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
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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11/26/2017 12:08:25 PM

Jim Herstein
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
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
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
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
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
Assistant State Captain-Southern Colorado
Military Liaison
(719)332-4470
mccuner@aol.com
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12/26/2017 4:51:07 PM

Lisa Menard
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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edited by Fancypants on 12/27/2017

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Lisa Menard
State Captain
statecaptain@coloradopgr.org
720-838-3692
Be not simply good, be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau
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12/31/2017 3:57:49 PM

Robert McCune
Robert McCune
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Posts: 263
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
Assistant State Captain-Southern Colorado
Military Liaison
(719)332-4470
mccuner@aol.com
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1/20/2018 6:32:21 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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Posts: 2935
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
Jim Herstein
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Posts: 2935
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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