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4/8/2018 9:57:52 PM

Jim Herstein
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On March 26, 2018 we stood in honor at the Funeral Service for Robert Stubblefield in Loveland, CO. The following note of thanks and a generous donation was sent by his family.


Dear Friends,


Words will never express the gratitude and deepest appreciation for the service you provided in honoring my dad, Robert Stubblefield. Thank you all for going above and beyond the call of duty in honoring our Veterans. Your service and commitment will never be forgotten.


Sincerely,


Carie Audas and Family

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Jim
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4/9/2018 9:20:29 PM

Jim Herstein
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From Romero Family Funeral Home following the Service for Michael Martinez on April 6, 2018:

Again thank you so much for the presence of all the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders who stood for
the Military Honors for Veteran Michael A. Martinez on Friday Evening, April 6, 2018.

Thank you,
Pastor Edward Jaramillo
Funeral Director / Counselor
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4/9/2018 9:32:22 PM

Jim Herstein
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Following the April 9, 2018 Fort Logan Service for Reyne Stokes-Lopez, we were presented with the following Thank You note and a generous donation:


We certainly appreciate your assistance and all that you represent.


Sincerely,
The Steven Zinner Family for the Stokes-Lopez Family

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
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Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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4/13/2018 9:32:00 PM

Jim Herstein
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Thanks to Dave Lefavor for bringing this to our attention at the briefing, this morning. The following words of appreciation were delivered on April 12, 2018 to the members of the US House of Representatives. These words were directed specifically to the Long Island PGR, but, generally to all PGR members who stand in honor and support of our Service Members, Veterans, First Responders and their Families. I trust it will reinforce the pride you feel every time you represent the PGR.


WASHINGTON - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) delivered the following remarks in honor of the Patriot Guard Riders on Long Island and across the United States:

“Mr. Speaker, today I rise to honor and thank the Patriot Guard Riders who live on Long Island and all across our country. The Patriot Guard Riders, a non-profit organization, consists of a diverse group of motorcycle enthusiasts and patriots who share a deep appreciation and commitment to honoring our U.S. Service Members, veterans and their families.

Rooted in their unwavering patriotism and respect for our nation’s military men and women, the Patriot Guard Riders go above and beyond daily to ensure everyone from our nation’s veterans to our community’s first responders and their families receive the appreciation they deserve.

When a veteran arrives at Calverton National Cemetery for burial in my district, the Patriot Guard Riders are there. On Veterans Day, Memorial Day, July 4th and 9/11, the Patriot Guard Riders are there. When our community’s veterans return from their Honor Flights in Washington, D.C. to Long Island Airport, the Patriot Guard Riders are there.

No matter rain or shine or snow, scorching hot or freezing cold, the Patriot Guard Riders are there.

Last month, our nation lost 7 airmen in the line of duty, four of whom were from the 106th Rescue Wing on Long Island.

As their families gathered at Gabreski Air National Guard base to receive their sons, brothers, husbands, and our heroes, several dozen Patriot Guard Riders gathered to escort these fallen airmen from the base.

It is in these moments, the most difficult moments in the lives of the families of these fallen airmen, when the Patriot Guard Riders, as detailed in their motto, stand for those who stood for us.

The family members of these fallen service members may not know the names of these Patriot Guard Riders, but recognition is not what drives them.

As these fallen airmen were escorted from the base, a sea of American flags rose up to flank their caskets. As their families prepared to say their final goodbyes, an unquestionable, unwavering sense of patriotism swelled, carried on the backs of the Patriot Guard Riders bikes.

They have especially made our nation’s heroes their priority when others have neglected to show their appreciation.

Time after time, when a veteran of World War II, Korea, or Vietnam has been buried without family or friends, you could count on the Patriot Guard Riders to have been there.

We need more Pete Jepsons in our world, who is the Senior Ride Captain for all of Suffolk County. There’s Mary-Ann, LW, Wayne, John, Eugene, Susan, Nancy, Marc, Dennis, Richard, Warren, Karen, and so many others who would drop everything at a moment’s notice to stand for those who stood for us.

The Patriot Guard Riders are made up of hundreds of thousands of everyday people all across America. With the inspiration that consumes us whenever we see them in action, we all should aspire to the ideals and dedication each and everyone of them embody. To our Patriot Guard Riders, thank you for your service to our great country".

You may watch and listen to Congressman Zeldin's remarks via the following YouTube video:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ehrJ39wVZQ



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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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5/29/2018 9:44:14 AM

Jim Herstein
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On Saturday, May 26, 2018 we were invited to stand in honor prior to the Veteran's (Gold Star) Memorial Day Tribute in Denver. It brought to mind a thank you note that we received following the 2013 Tribute. This note/card was designed and produced by the Organizer of the Tribute, Louetta Smith. We have received hundreds of "Thank You" cards over the years, but, few, if any, were so thoughtful and personalized for the Colorado PGR. As you can see, Louetta included the words "You Say Thank You Without Saying Anything". I think she captured the essence of what we attempt to do when we stand for a Veteran or First Responder and their Family.



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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/2/2018 5:20:18 PM

Jim Herstein
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Updated Version:




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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/9/2018 8:28:39 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On April 25th and 26th, the Colorado PGR stood in honor at the Services for Lt. Col. David Lueck, US Air Force (Retired). Following is a note of appreciation from his family:


Colorado Patriot Guard Riders,


We would like to thank you for your presence at the Services for Lt. Col. David M. Lueck. Your support and respect shown to the family was a great way to honor David. It meant a lot to us.


Thank you,


Brenda Lueck
Cristen Kassmeier
Aaron Lueck

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/9/2018 8:43:59 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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Seven years ago we stood in honor at the Service for US Marine Corps and Vietnam Veteran, Benny Marrufo. His wife, Cathie, has kept in contact with us over the years. Here is her most recent note of thanks:


Hi to my Patriot Guard Rider friends. Hope all is going well for you. I think of you often and my prayers are always with you. I am doing well. I like this saying: "we have all been placed in each others lives by God for a reason". Thank you, God, for bringing the Patriot Guard Riders into my life. Have a nice Memorial Day and at Fort Logan, will you tell Benny that I miss him and love him?


Cathie

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/9/2018 9:10:01 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On May 18, 2018 we were honored to stand for William Hellstern. Mr. Hellstern was Killed in action aboard the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. This US Navy Veteran was finally identified via DNA over 75 years after his death, at the beginning of the United States involvement in WWII.


Mr. Hellstern's nephew, Ted Hummel, wanted us to know how much he appreciated our involvement in the Interment Service. He appreciated the motorcycle escort within Mount Olivet Cemetery and the Flag Line that was in place throughout the Service. Mr. Hummel and his son made a point of thanking each of us, personally, following the completion of the Service.

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/23/2018 5:57:45 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On May 25, 2018 the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders were invited to stand in honor at the Dedication for the Pikes Peak National Cemetery. The following note of thanks was sent by Paul of the National Cemetery in Colorado Springs:


PGR Riders,


Thanks for the support at the dedication Ceremony. You "guys" are the best. I am looking forward to our continued partnership.


Thanks again.


Very Respectfully.
Paul

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/26/2018 4:33:35 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On June 12, 2018, the Colorado PGR was invited to stand in honor at the Service for William J. Madden. The following note of thanks was sent by his wife along with a generous donation to our organization.


Dear Members,


Our family deeply appreciates that members of your fine organization provided Military Funeral Honors at the burial of my husband, William J. Madden, yesterday.


Please use this small gift to further your good work.


Thank you.


Irene Madden

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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6/30/2018 10:00:01 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On behalf of Coopers Troopers and the Hill Family, thank you so very much for all of your fine Patriot Guard Riders being there at Wally Hill's Final Honors (for him & his family) on Thursday, June 28 at Ft. Logan. We appreciate what you fine men and women of the PGR organization do for our Veterans!



Semper Fidelis,

Grady Birdsong

Program Chair

Coopers Troopers

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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7/30/2018 7:25:52 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On June 1, 2018, the Colorado PGR stood in honor at Fort Logan for the Interment Services of John Reisbig, US Army Air Corps Veteran and Maxine Reisbig, US Marine Corps Veteran. Both were WWII Veterans.




The following note of thanks and a very generous donation was received from their daughter:




Dear Colorado Patriot Guard,




Thank you very much for the support at my mother's and father's Memorial Service on June 1, 2018 at Fort Logan.




You are all so special !




Thanks again.




Marilyn Burnside

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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8/18/2018 12:11:02 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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On June 24, 2018 the Colorado PGR was invited to attend an event to honor and remember a Marine and motorcycle enthusiast at the New Belgium Brewing Company in Fort Collins. Austin Sherwood, a former New Belgium Employee, was killed while riding his motorcycle about 14 months ago. The tips from the event were donated to the Colorado PGR. We just received the donation and it was very generous. We also received the following notes of thanks:




Patriot Riders,




It is an honor to have New Belgium Brewing donate this money in memory of my son Austin, who is a Marine and loved motorcycles.




Thank you for all you do!




Austin's Mom, Brenda




Patriot Riders,




Thank you so much for all that you do and a special thanks for coming out to help us honor our dear friend Austin "Snowflake" Sherwood.




With love, Fort Collins Liquid Center Representatives

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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1/3/2019 11:44:42 AM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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The following note of thanks was received following the December 31, 2018 Service for James Kunst, US Navy and Vietnam Veteran:







I want to thank everyone who attended both the church services and the Ft Logan services for our dear friend Jimbo. The family is so appreciative that you all took time from your day to honor their husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather and a dear, dear friend to many. I am so proud of each and everyone of you. Again, my deepest appreciation.




Dawn Rehbein

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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1/3/2019 1:03:18 PM

Jim Herstein
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We recently received the following note of thanks from the Daughter of James N. Egle. We stood for Mr. Egle on January 19, 2018:



January 1, 2019

Re: James N. Egle - Completed Mission Dec 19, 2018, Fort Logan National Cemetery



On behalf of Jim Egle's family, I would like to express our gratitude to the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders, especially those who stood with flags in hand on December 19, 2018, in the icy cold wind to honor our father, who served our country, the United States of America, as a Marine and went to Korea, served the City of Littleton as a Police Officer in the 1960s and afterward as a reserve officer for years, and served the Colorado mountain region of Trumbull as a Volunteer Fire Chief and fought several fires including the huge Hayman Fire.



I would especially like to thank Jim Herstein, David Lefavor, Dave "EZ" McCabe, Ken "Nick" Nicholas, Bob Ross, Jim Foss, Mike Anderson, Kathy "Rat" Goldstein, Dave Ling and R.J. Fernandez. They stood tall holding American, Marine, Police and Fire flags in a powerful display of respect and honor. We were so moved by this! Really moved. I cannot say thank you enough. Dad would have loved it also.



As we drove up we immediately saw the formal, solemn, dignified display of flags.



As we began the walk to the shelter between your guards, the flags were cracking in the whipping wind, and fully extended showing their full glory. I was greeted by Dave, I believe, and shaking his ice cold hand let me know that the volunteers came out no matter the weather to stand guard to honor a person whom they did not personally know.



Thanks also for the printout of the condolences on the forum and for the Colorado Patriot Guard Challenge Coins and Pins.



Having your members stand for James N. Egle is much appreciated. What a great gift.



Thanks,

Cindy Bockenstedt

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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1/9/2019 5:21:54 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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We recently received the following note of appreciation and a generous donation from Sherra Basham:


Dear PGR of Colorado,


I recently relocated to Virginia after 28 years in Colorado. During my time there, I had the honor and opportunity to attend funerals for Korean and WWII Veterans. The respect and reverence the PGR provided always touched me. I did not want 2018 to end without showing my appreciation.


Big hugs,


Sherra

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
jwherst@aol.com
Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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1/22/2019 7:39:16 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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At the end of December, 2018, the Colorado PGR stood in honor at the Funeral and Interment Services for James F. Kunst. We received a generous donation and the following note of thanks from Dawn and Randy Rehbein:


Thank you so much for honoring my dear friend Jimbo, both at the Church and at Fort Logan. It was so bitterly cold and I felt so bad for you guys. I cannot express how deep my appreciation is. The family was so touched by your presence there. They asked me to extend their gratitude.


Love You Guys !


Dawn and Randy

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Jim
(303) 518-8790
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Colorado PGR HOTH Coordinator
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2/2/2019 7:04:46 PM

Jim Herstein
Jim Herstein
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I want to thank the Patriot Guard Riders for standing in honor of my son, Brian Carl Kallander, on January 14th at Fort Logan National Cemetery.

Thank you for the depth of commitment to our fallen heroes.

Please pass this on to all who stood for Brian that day. I will be eternally thankful to all who were present that day.

May God bless you as you serve others.


Vicki Kallander




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