Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders
Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders
*****ANYONE WHO HAS EVER STOOD IN A FLAG LINE, SHOOK HANDS WITH FAMILY MEMBERS WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES, ESCORTED A VETERAN TO THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACE, AND HONORED SOMEONE ELSE'S LOVED ONE BY DOING WHAT WE DO, KNOWS THAT WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES.  GOD BLESS YOU ALL.*****
 
 
 
RECEIVED ON MAY 30, 2016
 
To David Arnold, District 13,

On May 16th, was the funeral for my nephew, Bryan Lee Colegrove, in Berea, Kentucky.  The Patriot Honor Guard Riders had approximately 20 riders at the funeral. I was very moved as to the great respect that was made to Bryan.  He was very proud of his service in the Air Force.  Our family lost a young man too soon to a senseless accident.  Your Riders accompanied us to Camp Nelson Veterans Cemetery and remained to the end.  I want to thank you and praise you for such a
service!! Please share this with anyone who was a part of that ride!  You will always be in my prayers.

Donna Kaufman
Youngstown, Ohio

 
 
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RECEIVED ON 18 SEPTEMBER 2015...
Thank you very much for the plaque and all that you do.  Greatly appreciated. -Carolyn Fannin
 
 
I received a card yesterday from a Family of a Veteran who's Funeral we did last August 17th and a donation  to the Patriot Guard Riders. The Veteran's name was Stanley Turner and he was laid to rest at Marshall Co. Memorial Gardens. Below is what the card had to say, since we don't have meetings I'm forwarding on the letter in the card.
 
The Family of Stanley M. Turner appreciated so very much the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Funeral Service conducted at the Marshall Co. Memorial Gardens on August 17th, 2013. We wanted to make a small donation in memory of Stan. Keep up the good work!
 
From the Brothers, Sisters, Nieces and Nephews (Chris Wallace of the Christian Motorcycle Association is a Nephew)
 
I told the Family that this Donation would go to help buy more Flags & water for our Missions.
 
Ride Safe and Stay Alert
Patriot Guard
Senior Ride Captain
Board of Directors
Dan Baja Bondurant

270-705-0307

 

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Hello Mr. Hicks,

 
I want to thank you and the other riders that honored my father, me, and my family on January 11, 2014. Words cannot describe how much it meant to me and my family to have you there. I am finally sending out my thank you cards, however, since I do not have a physical address for your chapter of the PGR, I have attached an electronic verison of the thank you cards I have designed. Again, you and the wonderful gentleman who came to my father's funeral have my sincere thanks.
 
There were also many people at the funeral who took pictures for me. I would like to share a few that they took of you guys honoring my dad. Those pictures are attached and you have freedom to use them if you would like to for any reason.
Thank you,
 
Brittney "Kit" Morgan
(Daughter of Donald "Chip" Morgan)

 

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Randie Baldree & Patriot Guard Riders of Western Kentucky,

 

The Clarks River and the Captain Wendell Oury Chapters National Society Daughters of the American Revolution would like to thank the Patriot Guard Riders of Kentucky for your participation at the Revolutionary War Patriot Grave Marking Service at the Soldier Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Brewers, KY on Sunday, October 6, 2013.

 

Your volunteerism for this cause and all of our veterans is most appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Madge Reising

Corresponding Secretary

Clarks River DAR

 

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We would like to thank you for the honor and respect you and your team showed our dad upon his passing. Everyone, including the funeral director and his staff, said that it was the most awesome thing they had ever seen. He has always been a hero to us. All of you are heroes, also, and we will never forget you and what you did for our dad and his family.

Respectfully,
Bill and Carol Grimes
on behalf of the family of PFC. C.W. Pritchett

 

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23 June 13

 
David:
 
I wanted to say Thank You to you and the guards who attended the Memorial Service for K.D. Gaunce on June 21st. You all are a class act! Words cannot express the emotions that I had as I approached the church to flags flying and guards at the entrance of the church. He would be so humbled but also impressed by the respect and patriotism shown for him. I was awed by the amount of cars on a divided highway who stopped to pay respect on the way to the cemetery. He deserved all of this and more! I hope that he was standing somewhere among us, a smile on his face and blue eyes shining because this was all for him!
 
Again, thank you for your service and all that you do!
 
Amy Stewart

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25 May 13

 

Today we received a very Nice Thank you card from Debra Carr the PGR attened her husbanded services and burial. She said in her note that he loved the PGR and what we do for or military members she also said that as a Vietnam Veteran he was very thank to be honored for his service..

 

 

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15 Feb 2013

 

There are not words enough to describe what it meant to me and the rest of the family to have your organization honor and accompany my husband, Philip Jones, to his final resting place. We were touched by the professionalism and reverence that the Patriot Guard Riders showed throughout what was a most trying time for us. May God bless you and each member of The Patriot Guard Riders as you continue to do for others what you have done so very well for us.

Sincerely,

 

Teri Jones and Family

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11 Feb 2013

 

Hello, my name is Tim Elder. I want to tell you how much I appreciate what you and your fellow mc riders are doing. My son (Sgt. Timothy Elder) was one if the soldiers that you all escorted from Cynthiana. When he told me how cool it was to be escorted like that. It made me feel really good. But I heard from another soldier about how he wasn't sure how people felt about what they were doing until he saw all the support that your group and people in the community gave to them. Please let everyone in your group that what you have been doing is more important than they really know. Not only have you touch the soldiers, but a fellow biker that just happens to be a father of a soldier. God bless you all and God bless America's soldiers.
 
Thanks again, sincerely
 
Tim Elder



 

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Subject: Wayne Worley’s Service

 

KY PGR;

 

Thank you so much for your participation in my father’s funeral procession and your presence at the service and burial. Thank you Also for the beautiful plaque commemorating his naval service. Your involvement and kindness meant a lot to us

 

Given Mills and Wayne Worley’s Family



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Subject: John Robert Ench Jr. Service
Date: 29th January, 2013

I am John's oldest son David Ench. My family and I really appreciate the Patriot Guard Riders coming to my dad's service yesterday. Please pass on our gratitude onto the rest of the group, Thanks so much!

 

John "David" Ench

 

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8 Jan 2013

 
Thank you so much for Honoring my Husband
We were so proud of the Memorial Service
that you and the Patriot Guard did.
 
We have had so many calls about this
beautiful service you and your guys
presented at the Funeral Home and the
Grave Site, you have made our Burden
a little bit lighter.
 
Please tell your Patriot Guard how Grateful
we are for all of you. God Bless each of you!
 
Family of James Franklin Andrus



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13 Dec 2012

 
Good Morning. I am just getting back to things after the funeral of my brother, and I wanted to take this opportunity, one more time to "THANK YOU," and your team. Just seeing the members of the Patriot Guard Riders standing with their flags flying as the funeral procession made its way into the Veteran's Cemetary was a special touch to an already wonderful service. The recognition of Gary's service to our country was special and will always be remembered by our entire family and all of our friends who attended. You should be justly proud of the service you provide, and I pray that you are able to continue for many more years.
 
Sincerely,
 
Richard Bell and Family



 

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13 Dec 2012

 

I just wanted to thank you all for your kind and wonderful
service for my husband, Donald Atkinson. He would have been so proud to
see how dedicated and respectful you all were in carrying out your
mission. I was so touched and felt so loved and honored by your
presence. How can I ever thank you for contribution. May God bless and
keep each of you until that glorious day when we all reunite. Love,

 

Robin Atkinson


 

 

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Kelli,
 
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you and all the PGR members that attended SGT Sharp's services this week. The family was amazed and extremely appreciative of everything that was done to honor Mike. Impressing a bunch hardened, cynical street cops is not an easy task, but all of you pulled it off with ease.
 
Everyone I spoke with in attendance was amazed with all the flags that you set up at the church and cemetery. Both the visitation and services were a great success and something all involved will remember fondly when they look back at these past two days.
 
Your participation and efforts were a major part in our ability to honor a man that was some many things to so many people. I tried to personally thank all the PGR members in attendance personally, but if I missed anyone please express my sincere appreciation to them. When you have the time, please forward the pictures taken to this email address like we talked about yesterday and I will ensure the family gets them.
 
Again, thank you so much for your participation and god bless you all.
 
Officer Vince Matteini
East Sector/Patrol



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FROM PAT BLAIR....... Pat Blair

I would like to take a minute and thank The Kentucky Patriot Guard members who came to honor my Dad at his Memorial service today. I hope I don't miss anyone but here goes:

 

Thank you so much J D Keown and Joe Hare for leading this great group of people! Also special thanks to my friends Ron Griffith, Jean Blick Lindsey and Fred Aka-tbb and thanks to Danny Johnson, Jeff Schorman, Rod Carlisle, Jackie Carlisle, Mickey Townsend, Stan Lawson, Terry Hubbard, Steve Statel, Gary Brown, Bruce Gann, Shawn O'Keefe, Jim Smallwood and JT Barnes! There are no words to explain the gratitude in my heart for the honor that you all brought to my Father's Memorial Service. I can't recall all the people who complimented you all on the dignity that you carried with you. I am honored to call you my friends.


 

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I would just like to send all of you guys a huge hug and thank you! You all
did an awsome job at my fathers funeral. My father was Tom Clark and I know
he would be so proud of the respect and dignity that you all show. We love
the plaque that has his years of service on it, it will hang on wall where I
can see it everyday. This is just a big thank you for all that was done you
all made a bad situation have good meaning and I thank you from the bottom
of my heart.

Thank you

 

Michelle clark Rogers and my brother
Tom clark 

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I just want to give a very heartfelt thanks to all who stood in honor of Sgt. James Mullins today in the blistering heat at the Camp Nelson National Cemetery. I've never been on the receiving end of a PGR honor detail before. I wish I could express in words what it means to a recipient. Just know that each and every one of you will stand tall in the hearts and prayers of all who witness the honor and service that you give to any family in its time of need. Sincerely, Chris Braley, PGR.

 

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Dear Mr. Valentine,

 

My son, Chris Braley, posted a letter of thanks to the PG for the manner in which you honored my Uncle, Sgt. James Mullins today.  I cannot add much to my son's comments as he said it so well and I agree totally with his sentiments.  Let me just say, as the wife of a two tour Vietnam War Marine Corps veteran who was medically retired after sacrificing both legs and an arm in combat, the niece of many WWII veterans and the Step-mom to two Gulf War Marine Corps veterans, I am always deeply appreciative of the PG for providing acknowledgement of the service of this nation's veterans in such a respectful and dignified manner.  I know the PG arranged this day's honor guard on very short notice.

Mr. Valentine, please send me an address to which we can mail a donation to the KY Patriot Guard.  Also, provide how to make the check payable.  It is the very least we can do to show our personal respect to each of you for your commitment to all veterans.

 

KY Col. Vincent Rios
KY Col. Cheryl Whitt Rios

 

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In loving memory & honor of PFC Dustin Gross US Army - 82nd Airborne

Jeffersonville KY KIA 5/7/12 Afghanistan.

 

Dear Jim and Patriot Guard Riders,

"Gods Love shines in good people with kind Hearts doing nice things- thank you for shinning on us."

 

Words cannot express what you all meant to us while honoring our precious Dustin. The respect & dignity of your actions are projected onto all who stand in awe of the heros actions and your riders. It was tryly the most moving, beautiful thing I've every witnessed. Thank you for honoring these fallen hero's.. you will be remembered forever.

 

Sincerely, B.Brown & The Family of Dustin Gross

 

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Danny, My family and I thanks you and the KY PGR for standing at my Dads Service on 6 June 12.  My Mom said that seeing you guys standing with in the flag line was one of the most beautiful things she had ever seen.  My Aunt, who was also in attendance, says that she would have given anything to have had the PGR at my uncles service.  

My Dad knew that his days were very limited, the day that I told him that the KY PGR would be standing for him, his face lit up like a candle. Being part of a mission is such an honors, but being on the receiving end of a mission, gives it all a whole different meaning.  You guys were awesome!  Being a RC in the Colorado PGR, I am proud to have Brothers and Sisters like you, all over the U.S..


Please pass this on to your organization.

 

Paul R. Sturgill Jr.

 

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Tom the man in the article below is Randie Baldree's Uncle, Randie is of my R/C's from Mayfield. John Baldree is Randie' Uncle he is 102 the third oldest WWll Veteran left. I presented him with a challenge coin Sunday at the cermoney. 

 

MAYFIELD, KY - A man living in a Mayfield retirement center is being honored as the oldest Kentucky member of the Disabled American Veterans.

A ceremony on Sunday was in honor of John Baldree of Mayfield, who turned 102 on March 2. According to The Paducah Sun, state DAV officials presented Baldree with a 60-year service pin. Randie Baldree, who is John Baldree's nephew, said the elder man was an engineer in the U.S. Army and helped build airfields for the Army Air Corps in the Philippines and Australia during World War II. The younger Baldree said his uncle injured his back while in the service.

Randie Baldree said his uncle has told about the humorous events overseas, but never discusses memories of the Japanese bombings. 

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