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COMPLETED MISSION: Richard Overton, 112, US Army/WWII veteran, Austin, TX, Saturday 12 JAN 2019.

Mission Summary: Ride Captain Mark Wells

What a privilege to stand for Mr. Overton today. We had an excellent turnout of patriots who thought likewise, with 45 in the flag line at the church and 30 at the cemetery. Two first time riders as well, always great to see. Welcome Ian and Ray.
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Five big flag bikes accompanied the procession from the funeral home to the church, with had a large contingent of motorcycle LE from many departments in the region. The flag line at the church looked awesome! I heard many comments from those in attendance saying just that. One lady said the sight brought tears to her eyes.

The cemetery was a case of hurry up and wait, but semper gumby applies. Our riders are a patient bunch and stood the line for about an hour for the arrival of the procession and the interment ceremony. The four Apache helicopter flyover was touching, and the Army did a fine job with a 21 gun salute and live taps played perfectly.

Thank you Nicki and Don for wrangling flags again.

RIP Mr. Richard Overton, an Austin original who became famous but never lost his humility or his sharp wit.
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CONFIRMED MISSION: Richard Overton, 112, US Army/WWII veteran, Austin, TX, Saturday 12 JAN 2019.
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to honor the life and service of Mr. Richard A. Overton. Mr. Overton volunteered for service in the US Army in 1942, serving honorably during WWII. He eventually became the nations oldest veteran. See More
More information about his life can be found here:…/a…/richard-overton-8102576
This mission is two part with a flag line at the church and a second flag line at the cemetery.
The PGR will not ride in the procession from the church to the cemetery as that will prevent us from having a flag line at the cemetery.
Funeral portion:
Date/Time: Saturday, 12 January 2019. Funeral service to begin at 11 am.
Location: Shoreline Church, 15201 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX. We will stage at the church.
Map link:
PGR staging is at the extreme east end of the property.
See web site posting for aerial view of the church. and the cemetery.
9:15 - 10:10 am - Staging
10:10 am - Briefing
10:20 am - Flag Line
Wx: High 58 deg, partly cloudy
Notes: Do not be late to the staging. Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. After the start of the service we will strike the flag line and depart for the Texas State Cemetery to set up for the interment portion.
Interment portion:
Staging location: PGR parking will be along Navasota Street NORTH of 11th. Do Not Park on Navasota south of 11th.
Map Link:
See web site posting for aerial view of staging at the State Cemetery.
11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Staging
12:30 pm - Briefing
Flag Line per Ride Captain instruction prior to the arrival of the procession from the church. This is expected to occur between 1 and 1:30 pm. We will stand the flag line for a duration as directed by the ride captain.
Ride Captains: TBD
Flag Wranglers: TBD
Please make plans to attend one or both portions of this mission to honor the life and service of this Austin hero.
wreaths across America at baton Rouge national cemetery
There will be a PGR Mission for the services for Richard Overton here in Austin. He passed last Thursday while recovering from pneumonia at the age of 112. Not only was he the oldest living Veteran, he was America's oldest living man.
He is being laid to rest in the Texas State Cemetery here in Austin Saturday January Fifth.
NO way in hell will any PGR Rider miss that one, including me...
RIP Mr Overton, America is a better place for having you live here.
Happy Thanksgiving. It’s difficult for me this time of year but we will always make it work. Miss my dad and best dad friend Larry <3
one if my personal favorite patches on my vest

I celebrate Veterans Day for the whole weekend and Monday.
Putting my dad’s pic at the Sherman VFW this evening.
this was behind a trike at a mission I was on this afternoon.

had the honor (for the second time this month) to help welcome home at Dallas/Fort Worth airport a MIA/KIA from WWII. This week’s mission was roughly 150 miles round trip. Both of these heroes were finally identified by using DNA from living relatives. Getting hugged and thanked by this man’s daughter made my day. Earlier this month, I got to hug the hero’s sister.
Doing escort for very brave young man kia in Afghanistan
It is with sad regret that I report our fellow brother Phil Madison has crossed the bar today after a long battle with cancer. May he have fair winds and calm seas as he sails with our lord and savior. Love ya brother Fare winds and Following Seas brother
From my last Mission last week.
It is an honor to participate in these missions...
Please join up wherever you are. You don't have to be a Veteran and you don't have to ride a bike. All you have to do is to stand for the honor of the one that cannot stand for themselves.
I'm being followed around by someone that is a true stalker on BON, if it posts here please let me know and I'll chase it down...

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