CURRENT MISSIONS OR EVENTS

NOTICE TO TEXAS PGR MEMBERS

Greetings fellow Texas Patriot Guard Riders:
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka Rick Behr Construction State Captain Texas Patriot Guard Riders,
With the soon to be Open Carry Law, we have had several questions about how this will affect the Patriot Guard.
As we understand the law, you must be a licensed CHL holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.
The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a licensed CHL holder.  A  CHL license holder knows where they are allowed to carry a weapon and where they are not allowed to carry based on the laws.
That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of a fallen Hero at their most sacred time and we are there to pay Honor and Respect.  That respect and common sense needs to prevail.  Our missions/ flag lines are not the place to be displaying an open weapon.
  • The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy will be that no open carry will be permitted on any mission.
The RC in charge of the mission does have the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view, and/or ask the individual to leave the mission if they refuse.
This policy is not in any way, shape, or form to infringe on the rights of a CHL holder, but to simply set a higher standard to which the Patriot Guard is known for and presents to our Hero’s families at each and every mission.
Any questions can be directed to me at bstroka@sbcglobal.net  Texas State Captain Patriot Guard Riders 
Thank you all for supporting the Patriot Guard Riders and Honoring our Hero’s 
  • FYI: NO OPEN CARRY!! at Missions, and I Will include Events as well.

Butch "Turtle" Cone, Deputy State Ride Captain              


IMPORTANT NOTICE

SATURDAY NOV 25, 2017

On Behalf of Rob "bees" Butler, President PGR and Butch "Turtle" Cone, DSRC:
I need your help. Take a look at the image below:

These are being marketed through several companies across the country. 
They are made overseas and are not sold by our store. This is a clear trademark Infringement.
I’ve reached out to this company and a couple of others about this and we can stop it but it’s going to take a few days.
Please let your members know that these are knockoffs and are being sold illegally.

Thanks
Rob "bees" Butler
President
Patriot Guard Riders
President@patriotguard.org
706 987-0686



 


SATURDAY DECEMBER 16, 2017

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICAS 

LAYING OF THE WREATHS

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

Once again, we have been asked to stand in Honor and Respect!! for the fallen Veterans, and their Families who stood for us.
It goes without saying, at this time of year we should stand proud for these men and women who protected us in our troubled times in our country's history.
This is a small sacrifice I ask of you, if you can come out to honor these men ,and women, and lay a wreath.I know, it will make your heart swell.
In advance, Thank You!! for All you do all year long. Please see below itinerary for this event.
  • Date: 16th Dec.2017 Saturday
  • Time: Stage: 09:15am, Brief: 09:30am. Set Flag Line: 09:45am. Walmart Trailer caring wreaths, Arrive @ approx.10:05 am. We will be standing on the perimeter of the road,(evenly spaced) that circles the grave sites and cemetery. The Walmart truck will make one complete pass around the cemetery, before stopping to unload the wreaths. Once, the truck has stopped, we will form the flag line around the ceremony site.(SEMPER GUMBY).
  • Place: Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery
  • Ceremony start time 11:00 am.
Note: Parking for All PGRSTX vehicles, Bikes, Trikes, and Cages will be at the- COMMITTAL SHELTER. The Combat Vets will also be parking there.(No one else, should be plenty of room).
  • RIDE CAPTAIN: Butch "Turtle" Cone. Assisted by all other R/C.

PLEASE!!! mark this on your calendar. Thanks!!!

Respectfully;
Butch "Turtle" Cone
Deputy State Ride Captain
Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas

SATURDAY DECEMBER 16, 2016

PGRSTX CHRISTMAS PARTY

MEET AND GREET

INGLESIDE, TEXAS

Yes! It's that time again! Our annual Christmas Party is upon us! 
  • When: Saturday, 16 Dec 17, 
  • Where: Ingleside VFW, Show time: 6:00 p.m.
This year has been a really busy one. Everyone has been absolutely incredible in your participation in such a wonderful volunteer organization! You have and continue to make a very unique contribution to the honor and respect of our Nation's Service men and women. Let us all gather together and celebrate among friends!
I have posted Gypsie's post on sides. Remember what our Sage DSC Butch "Turtle" Cone always says, "the more you bring the more you eat"!
There will be cash prizes, the 50/50, music and of course FOOD! (Like some of us need a little more!. Next year I'll do that diet thing :) Anyway, please plan on coming out!
From Gypsie: 
 
Morning everyone this is where we are at for your Christmas party on December 16 2017, 6pm to 9pm. Please let me know via FB or text here as I lost my phone. I will have new one on Tuesday.
Main dish. 
  • Gypsie and Terry a turkey each,
  • Michelle potatoes,Clara noodles,
  • Mary Psalad,
  • Prince Albert tamales(yum),
  • Larry L Mac and cheese,
  • Miriam veg casserole,
  • Chris and Jackie corn casseroles 2 pecan pie,
  • Jimmy Kurth pies, 
  • John H. Pies,
  • Jim and Mary strawberry jello cake,
  • Charlie Herschbech rolls.
As you all see this is what we have. Please let me know if you are bringing a dish other then the ones that have signed up. Thank you blessings.
Michelle Bird is also going to set up a rolling collage of pictures on the computer. So if you have any you would like to add please call or email her. (361-834-3557)
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Johnny

FRIDAY DECEMBER 15, 2017

FUNERAL SERVICE AND FLAG LINE

ROBERTO MENDEZ, US ARMY VETERAN

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

We have been requested to stand in Silent Respect by the family of Mr. Roberto Mendez.
Mr. Mendez was 77 y/o and served in the U.S. Army. Right now there is no obituary or further information about him. He served, that is enough.
  • When: Friday, 15 Dec 17
  • Where: Holy Family Catholic Church. This church community has taken quite a hit with the loss of 3 of their veterans in less than two weeks. 2509 Nogales, C.C.
  • Stage: 10:30 a.m. Brief: 10:45 Flag Line: 11:00 Service: 11:30
  • Internment: CBSVC
  • Stage: 12:00 p.m. Brief: 12:15 Flag Line: 12:30 or upon arrival of funeral procession. Service: 1:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle: Jimmy Kurth
This service will begin a busy weekend for us with the Wreath laying at the CBSVC and our Christmas celebration. So please keep an eye out for notices.
Also, please, please pass on any and all info to those who do not have email or web access.
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519
johnnymilitarydad1@yahoo.com

MONDAY DECEMBER 11, 2017

FUNERAL SERVICE AND FLAG LINE

MARCELINO G. GUTIERREZ, US ARMY AIR CORPS WWII VETERAN

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

We have been asked to stand in Silent Respect by the family of Mr. Marcelino Gutierrez.  Mr. Gutierrez was 96 y/o. 
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.  His son tells me that Mr. Gutierrez performed his duties as a motorcycle soldier.  (My father also trained in motorcycles but was later sent to Italy as a replacement infantryman.  Oh, well....)  Anyway, Mr. Gutierrez later ran a company called Reliable Radio and TV Service here in Corpus Christi.  He worked 35 years as a avionics technician at CCAD.
  • When:  Monday, 11 Dec 1
  • Where:  Holy Family Catholic Church2509 Nogales St. C.C.
  • Stage:  9:00 a.m..  Brief:    9:15 AM. Flag Line:  9:30  (There will be a funeral procession coming from the funeral home.)Service:  10:00 AM.
  • Internment:  Memory Gardens Cemetery8200 Old Brownsfield Rd. C.C.
  • Ride Captain: NEEDED
  • Support Vehicle: NEED  
  • Escort Riders: (LEO will be present)

Respectfully, Johnny McCarty, LRC

361-876-3519

SUNDAY DECEMBER  10, 2017

SEND OFF - US NAVY PERSONNEL

CORPUS CHRISTI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

We have been requested to stand our Flag Line for departing sailor NAS Naval Clinic.
  • When:  Sunday - 10 Dec 17
  • Where:  Corpus Christi International Airport
  • Stage:  2:30 p.m. Brief:  2:45 Flag Line: 3:00 (maybe sooner) Departure:  4:15
  • Ride Captain:  David Whitliff
Remember to get tickets validated via Ride Captain and follow parking instructions posted on our website.  We will have at least 3 more in December, I think.  One is a family request. 
They are all our Sons and Daughters.  Lets send them off with love of Country in their hearts.
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

ABOUT AIRPORT MISSIONS

Please remember when parking at the Airport:

It is a privilege afforded to PGRSTX by the Airport to be able to park in front of the terminal.

Park in the inside lane/ commercial lane.Park before the Major crosswalk [We no longer park after the major crosswalk. Only in the event of over-flow we can park on this other section].

Park at a 45 angle from the curve. Do not park perpendicular to the curve.

Come to a complete Stop before crossing any of the crosswalks.

PGR Volunteers riding their cages [automobiles] turn your parking ticket to the Ride Captain collecting them for validation from Airport security.

Upon leaving the Airport you must turn in the ticket and sign up at the exit of the parking lot.

Don't loose your parking slip or you will be paying for your stay at the airport.


THURSDAY DECEMBER 7, 2017

PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS - Site Change
NOTICE-------NOTICE:
Pearl Harbor Ceremony has been changed  to the Lexington @ 2:00pm(14:00 hrs),
Martin A Longoria- Veterans Services  Dept.
Please!! stage(on board) the Lexington for the ceremony at 1:15pm(13:15),Brief-1:30pm(13:30), F/L: 1.55pm.(13:55).
Please!!! try to be there, so we can bring Honor to those that made the ultimate sacrifice  for our freedom
76 years ago our Nation was attacked by Japan in an egregious surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on a quiet Sunday morning, 7 Dec 1941.  You know the story. Over 2,335 military men and women lost their lives in a matter of hours.  Over 1,143 were wounded.  Half of the dead were accounted for on the USS Arizona where 1,177 sailors and marines lost their lives.  On that day Warren Joseph Sherrill, Yeoman 2nd class and Chaplain's assistant also died.  He was the first recorded casualty from Corpus Christi of War War II.  Soon after, President Franklin Roosevelt declared war on both Japan and Germany and the fight was on.
This annual event recognizes and celebrates the lives of the young men and women who stood in harm's way on that fateful day.  A day we should not and cannot and will not forget.
  • When:  Thursday, 7 Dec 17
  • Where:  Sherrill ParkBetween Cooper's Alley and Kinney Street
  • Stage:  9:30 a.m. Brief:    9:45 Flag Line:  9:55 Ceremony:  10:00
  • Ride Captains:  Johnny McCarty and Butch "Turtle" Cone
  • Support:  Jimmy Kurth
Sometimes, we do so many of these annual events that the true meaning of them gets lost in the routine.  Speakers take advantage and  advance their own agendas over shadowing the purpose of the event, etc., etc. 
I want our Organization to understand why we are actually there with our Flags.  The Park, the ceremony, was all actually started by the Gold Star mothers of WWII. It is a good and honorable thing that we do.
I ask that we stand for 60 minutes.  The dead deserve that.  If the ceremony goes beyond that time I and Butch will start to stand you down.  We'll do this in the least obtrusive way possible.  I will ask during the brief who can stand for only 20 minutes or so.  We'll set up replacements.  Remember, any amount of time will be appreciated.  I know this message is long winded.  But these ceremonies are important to our community.  It is up to us to figure out how to do it right. 
The weather may be bad, so prepare accordingly.  I don't know if they have a stand down procedure.  I'll let you know.
With all of my respect,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 6, 2017

ABRAHAM ZAMORA, VIET NAM WAR VETERAN

FUNERAL SERVICE AND FLAG LINE

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS

The family of Mr. Abraham Zamora has asked that the Patriot Guard stand in Silent Respect for their beloved father and grandfather.  Mr. Zamora was 72 y/o.  He was a U.S. Army veteran serving several tours in Vietnam.
  • When:  Wednesday, 6 Dec 17
  • Where:  Holy Family Catholic Church2509 Nogales st. Corpus Christi
  • Stage:  10:30 a.m.
  • Brief:    10:45Flag Line:  11:00 Service:  11:30
  • Internment:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 p.m. Brief:12:15 PM. Flag Line:  upon arrival of funeral procession.
  • Service:  1:00  (Ride Captain needs to confirm this with the Cemetery personnel.)
  • Ride Captain: Prince Albert
  • Support Vehicle: Jimmy Kurth   
  • Pallbearers: 6 needed at the church.  I am told that the family will only be able to provide two young men.  I told them we would be honored to participate in this task.
The Ride Captain needs also to ask if an escort will be requested.  I was unable to confirm LEO at time of the call. So far escort has not been requested and weather may prevent it.
Again, in advance, thank all of you for what you do!
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

DECEMBER 2, 2017

ROCKPORT CHRISTMAS PARADE

ROCKPORT, TEXAS

Rockport Lighted Parade( short fuse request)
  • Where: Rockport City Hall-622 East Market St.
  • Stage: 5:15pm. (17:15) Parade starts at 6:00pm (18:00)
  • RIDE CAPTAIN: Butch "Turtle" Cone
  • POC: Ms.Jackie-361-463-9426, or Ron Hildreath

December 2, 2017

Taft Christmas Parade

Taft, Texas

PGR Brothers and Sisters:
    We have been invited to participate in the annual Taft Christmas Parade on December 2, 2017
  • Place: The Corner of Green Avenue and College Street 
  • Time NLT 11:00 Line up
  • Parade starts at 12:00
  • They plan on having the Festivities come rain or shine.
  • Big flags and a cheerful attitude
Thay have asked that noone throw candy or alcoholic beverages, Thay also ask that no other organizations have a Santa so the children wont be confused.
We can meet in Portland at the Walmart and ride over as a group if you would like. 
  • Arrive    NLT 10:20 SB:10:25 KSU    10:30 Arrive Taft TX 10:48
Ride Captain Chuck Matthews
361-236-0812

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag line

Humberto Garcia, USMC Viet Nam War Veteran

Kingsville, and Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested by the family of Mr. Humberto Garcia to stand in Silent Respect his funeral. 
Mr. Garcia, 73 y/o, was a U.S. Marine and a veteran of the Vietnam War.  He later served as a teacher for the Kingsville Independent School District for 30 yrs and was very active in the school's Ag program.
  • When:  Tuesday, 21 Nov 17
  • Where:  Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 1102 E. Kleberg Ave. Kingsville, Tx.
  • Stage:  9:00 a.m. Brief:  9:15 Flag Line:  9:30 Service:  10:00
  • Internment:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 p.m. Brief:    12:15 Flag Line:  12:30 or upon arrival of funeral processionService:  1:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed  (Recon required)
  • Support Vehicle: Jimmy Kurth

I hope to see you both at the church and the cemetery.

Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

Sunday Nov 19, 2017

November Meet and Greet

Corpus Christi, Texas

Meet and Greet. 
That glorious event will take place this Sunday, 19 Nov 17, at the Fleet Reserve Association on Flour Bluff Dr. at 1:30 p.m. 
We need to field some ideas about our Christmas Party on December 16th. 
Let's celebrate some good times for a change!
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
PGRSTX

Saturday Nov 18, 2017

Brewster's Ice House Recognition

Corpus Christi, Texas

Greetings PGRSTX Brothers and Sisters,

Remember that little Kustom Kar show we attended a couple of Saturdays ago? 

Well, this Saturday, 18 Nov 17, at Brewster's Street Ice House David Delgado, president of the Kustom Kars Club, would like to present the donation that they collected for the Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas! 

There will be a photo op of course and just a good get together! 

So, turn off those football games and come on out around 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 or so. 

The presentation of the check will be at 12:00 p.m.

Respectfully,

Johnny McCarty, LRC

PGRSTX


Monday Nov 13, 2017

Funeral Service, and Flag Line

George W Lund US Air Force Viet Nam War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

(Item 3 of 3)
Greetings PGRSTX Brothers and Sisters,
PGRSTX has been invited to participate in the Funeral Services for George W. Lund, US Air Force Viet Nam War Veteran.

 I did received a request from Mrs Leanne Lund for us to attend the cremains ceremony at CBSVC for her husband, Mr. George Warren Lund.  Mr. Lund was 85 y/o.  He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 to 1971.  He was a flight medic being among the first to fly casualties out of Vietnam.  It was known as the Military Airlift Command.  Short notice that it is, we have been requested to be there.

  • When:  Monday, 13 Nov 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:   8:00 a.m. Brief:     8:15 Flag Line: 9:00
  • Ride Captain:  Johnny McCarty
  • Support:  Jimmy Kurth. (Prince Albert will cover Gibson)

Needed:  Flag Line volunteers (cagers especially)

We can do this.  What I would like to see is the motorcycle riders converge on Gibson Elementary.  The kids deserve to see motorcycles and flags representing our Patriotism.  If we could get our cagers to go to the cemetery we could get a good representation at both sites.  May not be many, but it dosen't have to be.  In any event, if you can either one please give it a try.  It is what we do.

Respectfully,

Johnny McCarty, LRC

361-876-3519

johnnymilitarydad1@yahoo.com


Monday Nov 13, 2017

Funeral Service, Escort, and Flag Line

Michael Jason Daigle, US Navy Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

(Item 2 of 3)

Greetings PGRSTX Brothers and Sisters,

PGRSTX has been ask to participate in the Funeral Service for Mr. Michael Jason Daigle, US Navy Veteran.

Upon arriving home from yesterday's events I received a phone call from the daughter of Mr. Michael Daigle asking us to attend her father's funeral.  Mr. Daigle was only 48 years old. He served in the Navy for 20 years before retiring.  At that time he pursued a career at the Defense Logistics Agency located on Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

  • When:  Monday, 13 Nov 17
  • Where:  Sawyer-George Funeral Chapel12497 Leopard St. C.C
  • Stage:  12:00 p.m. Brief:    12:15 Flag Line:  12:30 Service:  1:00
  • Internment:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  1:00 -1:15 p.m. Flag Line:  1:30 or upon arrival of funeral procession Service:  2:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle: Needed
  • Escort Riders: Needed. 5 Escort riders are needed (LEO will be present).

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This seems to be a very tight schedule, so be prepared for changes.  Also, this will not encroach on our Gibson Elementary event starting at 8:30 a.m.  (Please reference Sam Ramirez"s notes on iContact and our web page.)  This may prove to be another busy week for us, just do what you can when you can and we will always have just enough Patriots standing the Line. 

On that note if you know of someone who may be in the dark for one reason or another please give a shout out to them so that they too can participate.

Very Respectfully,

Johnny McCarty, LRC

361-876-3519

johnnymilitarydad1@yahoo.com  


Monday Nov 13, 2017

Gibson Elementary School Veteran's Day Salute

Corpus Christi, Texas

(Item 1 of 3)

Gibson Elementary Veteran's Day Salute.
Once again we have been invited to Gibson Elementary School to participate in the Veteran's day Salute. We have been part of this event for a few years now.
Those of you who have been here, may remember this children's attitudes towards our county and the high level of civic education that they display. It's a tribute to the staff of the school and the families of these students.
 
When: Monday 13 Nov 17
Where: Gibson ES 5723 Hampshire Rd, Corpus Christi, Texas
Stage: Stripes store at the intersection of Leopard and and Lantana 08:00. Brief:08:15. KSU: 08:25. Event starts with our arrival by 08:30.

Ride Captain: Samuel F Ramirez
Support Vehicle: Jimmy Kurth
This year we will have one of the teachers at the school who is a veteran himself ride with us.
Bring your big flags, little flags or no flags. Please come if you can so we can show this children that their efforts and patriotism is acknowledged. Everyone is invited to coffee and perhaps some food after the ceremony
Respectfully,
Samuel F Ramirez
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Saturday Nov 11, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Domingo Francisco G. Salazar, US Army Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested by Mr. Frank Salazar, the son of Mr. Domingo Salazar, to stand in Silent Respect for his father's funeral. 
Mr. Salazar was 73 y/o and served in the U.S. Army.  His obituary has not been posted yet so I have no further information on him presently.  He was a U.S. soldier.  That should be enough.
  • When:  Saturday - 11 Nov 17
  • Where:  Trevino Funeral Home3006 Niagara, C.C
  • Stage:  11:00 a.m. Brief:  11;15 Flag Line:  11:30 Service:  12:00
  • Internment:  Memory GardensOld Browns field Rd.
  • Ride Captain:  Prince Albert
  • Support:  Prince Albert/Larry Lincecum
  • Escort Riders: Needed.  (LEO) will be present.
This Mission will overlap with the Sherill Park ceremony.  So, we'll need to make some adjustments. 
Otherwise, don't forget about the Banquete and Zavala Veteran's Day celebrations scheduled for tomorrow. 
Everyone please be safe out there.
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

Friday Nov 10, 2017

Saturday Nov 11, 2017

Monday Nov13, 2017

Veterans Day Celebrations

Corpus Christi & Banquete, Texas

Greetings PGRSTX Brothers and Sisters,

We are now entering into a busy part of our season with several events scheduled on and around Veteran's Day.  We have four so far: Banquete Elementary School, Zavala Special Emphasis School, Sherill  Park and Gibson Elementary School.  In an effort to keep things straight I'll simply list them in order.  Two of the events will occur this Friday, so we'll need to split up our forces.
 

  • FRIDAY: 10 Nov 17


1.  Banquete's 12th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration. 

During this event we are given a free meal, and a "gift bag". The kids meet us at the door and serve us at the lunch table. 

It really does touch you heart to see these youngsters showing off their Patriotism!
 

  • When:  Friday, 10 Nov 17
  • Where:  Banquete Elementary School 4339 4th St, Banquete, Texas
  • Stage:  For group ride meet at the Cal Allen Walmart, 5 Points at 10:30 a.m.  KSU at 10:45.
    Lunch:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Ceremony:  1:45 - 3:00
  • Ride Captain:  Butch "Turtle" Cone   
  • Support:  Jimmy Kurth   

2.  Zavala Special Emphasis School's Annual Veteran's Day Celebration. 

The Principal of this School is Prince Albert's sister.  So, of course it has a special spot in his heart.
 

  • When:  Friday, 10 Nov 17
  • Where:  Zavala Special Emphasis School 3225 Ruth Street, Corpus Christi, Tx
  • Stage:  1:15 p.m.  Brief:    1:30 Flag Line:  1:50 Ceremony:  2:00
  • Ride Captain and Support:  Prince Albert 
  • SATURDAY:  11 Nov 17


3.  Corpus Christi Veteran's Day Ceremony

  • When:  Saturday, 11 Nov 17
  • Where:  Sherrill Park  222 S. Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, Tx
  • Stage:  9:15 a.m. Brief:    9:30 Flag Line:      9:50 Ceremony:  10:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle: Needed

  • MONDAY:  13 Nov 17


4.  Gibson Elementary Veteran's Day Salute

  • When: Monday 13 Nov 17
  • Where: Gibson ES 5723 Hampshire Rd, Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Stage: Stripes store at the intersction of Leopard and and Lantana 08:00 Brief:08:15 KSU:08:25
  • Ride Captain: Samuel F Ramirez
  • Support Vehicle: Needed


Friday will certainly be a "All Hands on Deck"  kind of day.  So please choose between one or the other and if possible try to show up and represent for these kids.  Thank you for all that you do!

Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519
johnnymilitarydad1@yahoo.com






 


Saturday November 4, 2017

America's Last Patrol Ranch - Veterans Day Celebration

Benavides, Texas

Greetings PGRSTX Brothers and Sisters,
Once again we have invited to participate in the Veteran’s Day Celebration at America’s last Patrol Ranch in Benavides Texas.
  • Date: Saturday November 4, 2017
  • Time: 1:00 PM
  • Location: 14 miles south on Hwy 359 from San Diego, Texas. America’s Last Patrol Ranch, Hwy 359 Benavides, Texas.  27.62147, -98.366454 . (Follow the hyperlink for a map to the location).
  • Ride Captain(s): Samuel F Ramirez & Albert Martinez
  • Support Vehicle: LW Lincecum
  • Staging: For your convenience Three (3) STAGING SITES HAVE BEEN CREATED.
1.            Whataburger on SPID and Old Brownsville RD – 602 SPID CC TX 78416 (Follow the link to map location)
(a)    Staging: 9:15 AM
(b)   Safety Briefing: 945 AM. Depending on the number of riders present we may have to split the group. The final size of the ride will be determined the day  of the event and staging numbers.
(c)    KSU10:00 AM to Robstown.
2.            First Cash Pawn and Dollard General Parking lot, Robstown, Texas 27.801017, -97.675012 . (Follow hyperlink to location)
(a)    Staging: 10:30 AM
(d)   Safety Briefing: 10:45 AM. Depending on the number of riders present we may have to split the group. The final size of the ride will be determined the day of the event and staging numbers. If a large group is available, we will be splitting the ride with Ride Captains available taking charge of the groups.
(b)   KSU: 11:00 AM. Departing for San Diego by way of Alice TX.
3.            San Diego HS, 235 TX—359 San Diego, Texas 78384
(a)    Staging: 12:00 PM
(b)   Safety Briefing: 12:30 PM bike/trike line up. Please bring your large flags, small flags, any flags. We will line up the formation as follow in accordance with flag size. All Trikes and bikes with large flags will be lined up first, then small flags, and then no flags. We will ride in staggered formation.
(c)    KSU: 12:45 PM. LE will be provided escort to location. 14 Miles. Function is set to start by 1 PM
Upon arriving on location and entering the venue, bikes will take a right turn and begin lining up directly in front of the stands. Bikes will be facing forward. Cages can proceed to park to the left of the area. Cages will be parked there. Upon parking we will proceed to pick up our flags and proceed to stand the Flag Line.
We will stand the flag line for a short period of time. Once the flag line is over and the ceremony is over we can proceed to enjoy the fellowship and our hosts. The Last Patrol Ranch is going to have lunch ready (Carne guisada plate, rice and other items plus a drink). They have asked for a donation for the meal. Please help in the best way possible. Also they are having a raffle for various items. You are welcome to participate too.
Thank you very much for your participation in this worthwhile event. We have been part of these events for the last 5 years. We are also part of the Memorial Day Celebrations hosted by the America’s last Patrol Ranch. They understand our motives and devotion to honoring our veterans, police officers, and first responders.
Please be very careful when riding/driving back. Weather for Saturday is predicted to be fresh 66 degrees to a hot 90 degrees. Partly Cloudy 10% chance of rain. Humidity at 69%.

Respectfully, 

Samuel F Ramirez

(361)742-9879

Webmaster@pgrstx.com


Thursday November 2, 2017

Welcome Home, US Navy

Corpus Christi, Texas

Greetings PGRSTX Brothers and Sisters,

PGR has been contacted by the Naval Clinic  at the Naval Air Station about the return of one of their own from deployment.  A sailor will be coming in from GITMO after serving a 9 month tour. 

We have been requested to be there for this sailor and family.
 

  • When:  2 Nov 17
  • Where:  Lobby of the CCIA
  • Stage:  9:45 p.m. Brief:  10:00 Flag Line:  upon arrival of fligh. Flight arrival:  10:30 p.m.
  • Right Captain: Needed

Please review the rules for parking posted on this web page.  Cagers will need to get parking tickets validated through the Ride Captain. 

Thursday will be a long day but showing honor and respect is what we do.
 

Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519


Thursday November 2, 2017

Funeral Service Flag Line and Escort

Gary Ashley Thurmond, US Coast Guard Veteran, Portland Police Officer

Portland, Texas 

We have been requested by the representative for the Thurmond family to stand in Silent Respect for this outstanding Patriot.
Mr. Gary Thurmond, 70 y/o, joined the U.S. Coast Guard at age 17. He served in the Coast Guard for 20 years retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer.
Soon after retiring he went into Law Enforcement first working with the Nueces County Sheriff's office and then later for the Portland Police Department which he considered home.
  • When: Thursday, 2 Nov 17
  • Where: Oak Ridge Baptist Church 2100 Buddy Ganem Dr. Portland, Texas
  • Stage: 8:30 a.m. Brief: 8:45 Flag Line: 9:00, Service: 9:30
  • Internment: CBSVC
  • Stage: 10:00 a.m., Brief: 10:15. Flag Line: 10:30 or upon the arrival of the funeral procession. Service: 11:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed (will need to do some leg work),
  • Support Vehicle: Jimmy Kurth
  • Escort Riders: 1. Clayde Casper 4 more Needed (No worries about LE)
According to Lt. John Quade, family representative, Mr. Thurmond was deeply loved and respected by the Portland PD. They will be providing a 4 patrol car escort, bag piper and honor guard.
Not only did Mr. Thurmond serve our Country from a very early age but also spent his life protecting the community as a police officer and 1st responder. I hope you can make it out and help express our Respect and Honor to him, Our Country and his family.

Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-8763519
johnnymilitarydad1@yahoo.com


Sunday October 29, 2017

We Got Your Six Event Auto Show

Corpus Christi, Texas

Greetings Brothers and Sisters of PGRSTX,

The "We Got Your Six" car show is back on for this coming Sunday, 29 Oct 17!  As you know most of the proceeds will be donated to our Organization.  So we really need to have a Great, no, a Spectacular turn out!  Specifics as follows:
  • When:  Sunday, 29 Oct 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Brewster Street Warehouse. 1725 N. Tancahua St. C.C.
  • Stage:  8:30 - 8:45 a.m. at the parking lot in front of the Ice House.  From there the bikes will be staged by event staff.  There will be other bikes there as well.
  • Flag Line:  10:50, Event starts at 11:00.
  • Ride Captains:  Prince Albert for Flag Line set up, Chuck Matthews and David Whitliff working with bike staging and set up.
  • Support:  Larry Lincecum
  • PGR table set up:  Michelle Bird and Sam Ramirez
We will be participating in the opening ceremony only, (except for those who are entering the best bike contest!).  After that everyone is invited to partake in the show events.  We will have a PGR table in the Restaurant that will need to be manned the entire afternoon.  So if some of you can volunteer to stand watch there it will be greatly appreciated!  They have added a "Truck or Treat" activity for the kiddos so you might bring some candy as well.  We did have this event planned out to the  "T" until Hurricane Harvey decided to slide in.  So there may be some minor adjustments this time. 
I hope to see you all there!
On Behalf of Ride Captain Prince Albert
JMc

Monday October 23, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Julian Cruz, US Army Viet Nam War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

Mission II of II

The family of Mr. Julian Cruz has asked us to stand in Silent Respect at his funeral.  Mr. Cruz was 67 y/o.  He served in the U.S Army and was a Vietnam veteran.
  • When:  Monday - 23 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 p.m. Brief:  12:15. Flag Line:  12:30 or upon arrival of the funeral procession from Gregory. Service:  1:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle :  Jimmy Kurth
When we have simultaneous missions it is always hard for me to make suggestions.  We want maximum numbers at both services but, of course we can't be at two places at the same time.  On these two I would suggest that those of you who knew Mr. Arras certainly attend his service along with some of our longer standing members.  Younger members, ie. 50 and below try to make Mr. Cruz's ceremony.  (Just saying . . .) Those who attend Mr. Cruz's could fall back at the end of the service to the church and help with the second Flag Line,  Although this will make for a very long day for you.   I don't know.  Just follow your hearts and attend one of them.  I just ask that everyone make an effort if they can to come out.  Thank you all!
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

Monday October 23, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Charles Robert "Bob" Arras, US Navy Veteran, PGRSTX Member

Corpus Christi, Texas

Mission I of II

My Brothers and Sisters of the PGRSTX,
We have been requested to stand in Silent Respect for Mr. Charles Robert "Bob" Arras.  Mr. Arras was 80 y/o. 
He served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years enlisting in 1953. 
Upon retirement he founded the Gulf Coast Underground Construction and Arras Irrigation Construction company.  He was an active member of the American Back flow Prevention Association of Corpus Christi and several other Irrigator's Associations.  Bob and wife Sugar were avid motorcyclists traveling throughout the Country.  They were also dedicated members of the PGRSTX for many, many years. I am told that they truly contributed to the tapestry of our PRG Organization.
  • Rosary and Visitation.  I add this because many of our members were very close friends of the Arras family and may want to attend.
  • When:  Sunday, 22 Oct 17,        5:00 - 7:00 p.m.  Rosary @ 7:00 p.m.
  • Where:  Cage Mills Funeral Home4901 Everhart Rd. C.C.
  • Church Mass:
  • When:  Monday  - 23 Oct 17
  • Where:  St Pius X Catholic Church5620 Gollihar Rd. C.C.
  • Stage:  1:00 p.m. Brief:    1:15Flag Line:  1:30Service:  2:00
  • Internment:  Tuesday 24 Oct 17 Fort Sam Houston Veteran's Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas
The family has requested that if possible, they would like a Flag line at the beginning and end of the service.  Also, since the burial will be at Fort Sam Houston in S.A.  We may render an salute inside the church with plaque presentation just before the Mass.  (As always this be the individual's own choice.)  TBD at brief.
  • Ride Captain:  Butch "Turtle" Cone
  • Support Vehicle:  needed
This will be one of two missions that will be going on Monday.   I have also said this before.  Every mission is the most important mission for us.  But sometimes, when it involves one of our own, it is just a little more.  Monday will be a true "all hands day".  We need as many volunteers as possible to participate.  If you can be at either one please try hard to be there.
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519


Friday October 20, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Joe P. Verein, US Army Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

The family of Mr. Joe P. Verein has requested that we stand in Silent Respect for their fallen warrior. 
Mr. Verein was 85 y/o and served in the U.S. Army.  I really have no further information at this time. 
This will be a cremation only at the CBSVC.
  • When:  Friday, 20 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 p.m. Brief:  12:15 Flag Line:  12:30 or on arrival of the funeral procession. Service:  1:00
Again, this will be a cremation ceremony only.  So you'll need to be on your toes to see what he arrives in.
  • Ride Captain:  Richard Butler
  • Support:  Jimmy Kurth
There my be one more funeral this week, but I have not received any information. 
All of you are wonderful people and I love being a part of you. 
Thank you for what you do!
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519


Tuesday October 17, 2017

Funeral Service Flag Line and Escort

Roland A Guzman

US Army Viet Nam War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have again been contacted by another family,  the family of Mr. Roland A. Guzman. 
Mr. Guzman was 70 y/o.  He was one of our Vietnam Veterans serving in the U.S. Army.  He also dedicated his time and efforts to the American Legion Post 364 serving in their honor guard.
  • When:  Tuesday, 17 Oct 17
  • Where:  St Joseph Catholic Church710 S. 19th st. C.C.
  • Stage:  9:00 a.m. Brief:    9:15 Flag Line:  9:30 Service:  10:00
  • Internment to follow at Rose Hill Memorial Park.
  • Ride Captain: Needed,
  • Support Vehicle: Needed
  • Escorts Riders: Needed.  LEO will be present.
It's going to be a busy week Guys, but all of our Veteran's deserve our best efforts.
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

Monday October 16, 2017

Funeral Service Flag Line

John Ruebottom

USMC Viet Nam War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested to stand in Silent Respect by the family of Mr. John Ruebottom. 
Mr. Ruebottom was 69 y/o. He was a U.S. Marine and served two tours in Vietnam. 
This will be a cremation ceremony only.
  • When:  Monday, 16 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 a.m. Brief and Flag Line at 1:30 or upon arrival of funeral procession. Service: 2:00 PM
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support:  Jimmy Kurth
Of course this ceremony will occur immediately after Jackson's at 1:00.  Please try to attend one or the other. 
The families deserve you.
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

Monday October 16, 2017

Funeral Service Flag Line and Escort

Orban Jackson

US Navy  WWII, Korea & Viet Nam War  Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested by the family of Orban Jackson to stand in Silent Respect at his funeral service. 
Mr. Jackson was 90 years old.  At an early age he entered the U.S. Navy serving 30 years.  In that time he participated in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
  • When:  Monday, 16 Oct 17
  • Where:  Covenant Baptist Church7001 Williams Dr. C.C.  (right across from the Bay Area Medical Center)
  • Stage:  10:30 a.m. Brief:    10:45 Flag Line:  11:00 Service:  11:30
  • Internment:  CBSVC
  • Stage:  12:00 Brief:  12:15 Flag Line:  12:30 or upon arrival of the funeral procession. Service:  1:00
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle: Needed
  • Escort Riders: Needede 
The family hired the LEO just so we can do the escort, even though I told the grandson that I could not guarantee that we would be able to put one together.  Even so, they really want us to try. 
I am told that the grandson will be transporting the cremains and I do not think the funeral home will be involved.  So, we'll need to coordinate with the Police and be creative. 
I bet we can pull it off.  This the first of two funerals on Monday.  The second will follow at the CBSVC.  Message to follow.  Thank you in advance for all you 
Very Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Sunday October 15, 2017

October Meet and Greet

Ingleside, Texas

Its that time again for our monthly get together!
I am happy to report that the Ingleside VFW is now open and operating. They have graciously agreed to host our meeting this month.
We do have some things to cover.
This will be the last chance to register for the Halo flight protection. Please bring a check. (reference Buzz's note). With November approaching we need to get ready for the several memorial services honoring our Veterans.
We are going to need maximum participation to pull everything off. We can and will get everything accomplished! So:
  • When: Sunday, 15 Oct 17
  • Where: Ingleside VFW post 6386. 1452 Hwy 361, Ingleside Texas
  • When: Meeting starts at 1:30 but come out sooner and mingle!
As always thank all of you for what you do for our Veterans and our Organization!
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC

Thursday October 12, 2017

Aviator Memorial

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dear Brothers & Sisters,
We have been asked to stand a flag line only for the dedication of the Aviator Memorial at Ropes Park on Thursday, October 12, 2017.
This a great honor for all of us to give honor to all aviators that have given the greatest sacrifice for our Country.
We will have a specific parking on the street in front of the Memorial. LE will be present for traffic control.
Please come and pay our Silent Respect for those who gave.
This should be a short dedication.
  • DATE: October 12, 2017  (FLAG LINE ONLY)
  • PLACE: Ropes Park, 3600 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • STAGING: NLT: 6:00 pm BRIEF: 6:15 pm TIME: 6:30 pm
  • SUPPORT VEHICLE: Needed
  • Ride Captain: Doug "Buzz" Crumly
Respectfully,
Doug "Buzz" Crumly, RC

Tuesday October 10, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Juan Jose Guerra, US Army Korean War Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas - Short Notice

I have just received a request from the family of Mr. Juan Jose Guerra for us to attend and stand in Silent Respect for the funeral service of their beloved father and grandfather. 
Mr. Guerra was 89 y/o and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  (You can be technical and call it a conflict.  I call it a war.)  He was very proud of his service to our Country.  His daughter says that he could have been buried in Alice, Texas in a family plot.  But instead, he chose to be laid to rest at the Coastal Bend State Veteran's Cemetery here in Corpus Christi with his brothers and sisters in arms. 
He passed away on Friday, so the family is struggling to put everything together.  Let's put a Flag Line together that will bring pride and comfort to his family and recognition for his service to our Country.
 
  • When:  Tuesday 10 Oct 17
  • Where:  CBSVC, Corpus Christi
  • Stage:  12:00 Brief:    12:15. Flag Line:  Upon arrival of the funeral procession from Alice.
  • Ride Captain: Needed
  • Support Vehicle: Needed

I have found that some of these families, especially when they are dealing with sudden death, can be very alone in trying to honor their fallen heroes. 
Some times it is up to us to provide the validation and honor that our fallen Service men and women deserve.  That's why we do what we do. 
Hope to see you there.
 
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519
johnnymilitarydad1@yahoo.com

Saturday October 7, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

Mac McConnell, US Navy Viet Nam War Veteran

Rockport, Texas

We have been requested by family and friends of Mr. Mac McConnell to stand a memorial Flag Line only on Saturday.  Mr. McConnell, 68 y/o, died suddenly of an acute heart attack at home this week.  Mr.  McConnell served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years including several tours off Vietnam primarily on aircraft carriers.  His family tells me that he was extremely proud of his military service.  He has been cremated and his remains will be buried at sea.  We have been asked to stand a Flag Line as his cremains are delivered to his memorial service on Saturday.
  • When:  7 Oct 17
  • Where:  Poor Man's Country Club 1009 Hwy 35 N Rockport, Tx.
  • Stage:  1:00 p.m. Brief:  1:15 Flag Line:  about 1:30 - 1:45
  • Memorial Service:  2:00
  • Ride Captain: Chuck Matthews
  • Support Vehicle: LW Linceum
This will be a short Flag Line only.  I'm sure the folks of Rockport can use a good dose of Patriotism and love of Country right about now, and what an honorable to show it. 
I hope you can make it.
Respectfully,
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519


Wednesday October 4, 2017

Funeral Service and Flag Line

John G. Esparza, US Army WWII Veteran

Corpus Christi, Texas

We have been requested by the family of Mr. Esparza to stand in Silent Respect this coming Wednesday. 
Mr. Esparza, 86 y/o, joined the Army at age 17.  He soon found himself serving as a medic in Korea.  Upon return he began work at CCAD where he stayed until retirement in 1988. 
Mr. Esparza was a member of the VFW post 2397 here in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • When:  Wednesday, 4 Oct 17
  • Where:  Holy Family Catholic Church 2509 Nogales St. C.C
  • Stage:  11:00 a.m. Brief:    11:15 Flag Line: 11:30 Mass:  12:00 noon
  • Entombment:  Memory Gardens Cemetery8200 Old Brownsville Rd, C.C.
  • Stage:  NLT 12:45
  • Flag Line:  upon arrival of funeral procession.
  • Ride Captain:  Prince Albert
  • Support Vehicle: NEEDED, escort riders, (LEO will be provided.)
I am told by his son that there will be another funeral service just prior to his father's.  So, easy on the bikes, parking may be an issue.  Weather may or may not be wet. 
You know the deal.  It's South Texas.  So, please come prepared.  I know everyone is busy but this is what we do. 
Hope to see you there.
Johnny McCarty, LRC
361-876-3519

On behalf of Butch Turtle Cone, DSC,
From Booby "kawabob" Stroka, State Captain Patriot Guard Riders:
DSCs please distribute to all members.
Over the last several years I have had the Honor to serve the Patriot Guard Riders in several positions, with the focus always on honoring our Hero's and their families.
A plan has been in place for awhile now, and it's time to turn the reins of Texas State Captain over to Steve Conger.
Please give a Texas size welcome to Steve and his new team as he assumes the leadership role effective Oct 1st.
I would like to thank all the members of the Patriot Guard for the tremendous job you do each and every day Honoring our Heroes.
I was moved with the support of our members during the devastating storms we had. Not only did you continue to stand for our fallen, but you also gave from your hearts, gathering donations and delivering them to the areas hardest hit.
What a class act by the greatest organization. Thank You!!
So not to get too long winded, just one last thing to say: Thank you for being members!!!
Bobby "kawabob" Stroka
State Captain Texas Patriot Guard Riders

ABOUT AIRPORT MISSIONS

Please remember when parking at the Airport:

It is a privilege afforded to PGRSTX by the Airport to be able to park in front of the terminal.

Park in the inside lane/ commercial lane.Park before the Major crosswalk [We no longer park after the major crosswalk. Only in the event of over-flow we can park on this other section].

Park at a 45 angle from the curve. Do not park perpendicular to the curve.

Come to a complete Stop before crossing any of the crosswalks.

PGR Volunteers riding their cages [automobiles] turn your parking ticket to the Ride Captain collecting them for validation from Airport security.

Upon leaving the Airport you must turn in the ticket and sign up at the exit of the parking lot.

Don't loose your parking slip or you will be paying for your stay at the airport.


MAY 4,5, and 6, 2018

2018 GATHERING OF THE GUARD - GOTC

CROCKETT, TEXAS

On Behalf of Steve Conger, Assistant State Captain - Texas and Butch "Turtle" Cone, Deputy State Captain
2018 GOTC
All,

East Texas PGR will be hosting the 2018 Gathering of the Guard.  Mark your calendars NOW as well as book your spot .

The location for the 2018 GOTG will be "The Crockett Family Resort " which is located 10 miles from Crockett Tx on Houston County Lake.

It will be held May 4,5 & 6, 2018.

Please go to their website and check it out. If interested give them a call to make your reservation. Just mention Patriot Guard GOTG.

75 Dogwood Lane West
Crockett, TX 75835
(936) 544-8466

Thanks

Steve Conger

Assistant State Captain -  Texas

Patriot Guard Riders

Tyler, TX. USA

281-380-3422