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John Gretzinger

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On Wednesday, 24 May 2023, the following American Heroes will be honored at the Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518.

The four (4) Veterans that the Los Angeles County Coroner will transport are:

Edward  R.  Hazlet            78      USA
Samuel  Magallanes          80      USA
Eric  M.  Watson               65      USMC
Calvin  J.  Worthy             74      USA

We will also recognize veterans brought to Riverside National Cemetery for direct burial without final honors within the past week

The PGR will be these Veterans' families and stand by while the Patriot Guard Riders render the military honors at Riverside National Cemetery.

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

They are not alone; we are their family.

"If we cannot do him honor while he's here to hear the praise,
Then at least let's give him homage at the ending of his days,
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today."


NOTE: This mission posting facilitates your voluntary participation in honoring these Military Veterans. For those interested, and all PGR members are welcome, please see the time table if you would like to participate.

Time Table for Wednesday 24 May 2023

0800 - Stage at Shelter F (Foxtrot), Riverside National Cemetery, 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518 https://goo.gl/maps/RdvFUZSPqnXmMWYs8

0815 – Mission Briefing

0830 – Military Honors

Final gravesite salute immediately following Honors.

R/C: Steve Sorenson
951-581-5395

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 participate in your car. If this is your first mission, go to the initial staging area, and you will be briefed by the R/C (Ride Captain). Dress for motorcycle riding or wear casual attire while driving a cage (car). Please feel free to attend any portion of this mission you can. Would you please ride/drive safely? 

Remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent 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 honor.

John D. "Major" Gretzinger
MAJ, AVN, USA (Ret.)
61st Avn Co (AHC) - Lucky 15
Administrator - SoCal PGR Mission Ops
Assistant State Captain, Southern California PGR