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Gil Zaragoza

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The PGR will honor Veterans Without Family by being at, and participating in, the Veteran's Full Military Honors funeral ceremonies. We will stand in for the families who can't be there. A Flag Line will honor the Veterans as we show our appreciation and respect for their military service.

This week the U.S. Army Honor Guard will not be there. We will be the honor guard and family. Bugler Mike will bring and play the bugle and I will bring the flag.

NOTE: Some of us are going to go to breakfast after the mission and following that we are going to Don Miller’s house and then walk over to a WWII hero’s house and chat with him. We will listen to his stories and maybe tell him a few. We will just sit on his patio. We have been there before (2 years ago). Don says he’s not doing well and is down in the dumps. Let’s go honor him while he’s still with us. He’s 96.

This week we will honor the following heroes:

Bestmann, Lawrence      Private First Class          U.S. Army
Burnham, Kenneth         Private                         U.S. Army
Ca Botts, Van                Private First Class          U.S. Army
Chandler, Michael          Sergeant First Class       U.S. Army
Meron, Allan                 Specialist 4                    U.S. Army
Oakley, George             Sergeant                       U.S. Army Air Forces

May the souls of these Veterans rest in peace beneath the green carpet of grass in a Nation they helped to keep free.

"We Are Their Family"

NOTE: This mission posting is to facilitate your voluntary participation in honoring these Military Veterans.  For those interested, all PGR members are welcome, please see the timetable below.

Please observe all previously designated COVID-19 Rules

Time Table for Tuesday 20 July 2021

0800 - Stage at Committal “A”, Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Dr., San Diego, CA 

0815 - Mission Briefing 

0830 – PGR giving full Military Honors 

R/C Ken Brassell
SoCalPGR Ride Captain

You do not have to be a Veteran or a motorcycle rider to attend this mission.  All PGR members are welcome.  We encourage those who do not ride to attend in your car.  If this will be your first mission go to the initial staging area and you will be briefed there by the R/C (Ride Captain).  Dress for motorcycle riding or dress casually if you are driving a cage (car).

Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and respect for our Heroes. No talking, smoking, or cell phone use during the flag line or service. Please keep radios off and engine noise to a minimum. Observe the 15 MPH speed limit. Remember, cemeteries are hallowed ground. Show respect to all who are there, not just the ones we are honoring.

Gil Zaragoza
SoCal PGR Mission Ops
SoCal PGR Ride Captain