Patriot Guard Riders
The Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders started off this issue with a Special Mission on Mar 10th in Plainfield for the Cindy Beaudoin Memorial. Army Spc Beaudoin, a member of the CT National Guard’s 142nd Medical Company, died Feb 28th 1991 during Operation Desert Storm, 8 hours after a cease fire was declared. The CT Rolling Flags organization has been holding this memorial service every year, and we’ve been honored to participate. On Mar 12th, a bunch of CT PGR travelled to Charlton, Massachusetts for a Honor Mission for Ann Marie Brodeur. Ann Marie was a Navy veteran, who worked in the Pentagon during the 1950’s. She was also the mother of CT PGR member Laurie Gadbois and PGR members from 4 states were there to show our respects to a fellow member.
On Mar 22nd, several CT PGR bikes and cages escorted the body of Capt Andrew Pedersen-Keel from Bradley Airport to Guilford. Capt Pedersen-Keel served in the Army in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom and was killed as a result of small arms fire on Mar 11th. We also stood a Honor Mission in Guilford on Mar 25th at the church, joining many other groups, friends, and family to honor this heroes service. On Mar 22nd, we also had a Honor Mission in East Hartford for John Labbe Sr, who served 3 tours with the Army in Vietnam.
On Mar 23rd, we had 3 separate missions spread around the state. The first was a Honor Mission in New Haven for Richard Alling, a Marine veteran. The second was another Honor Mission in Voluntown for Dale Herren, who served in the Navy as an IC-2(E5) from 1978 to 1985. The third was a Welcome Home in Colchester for Marine Lance Corporal David Jensen who recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan. PGR members from around the state came through and we had a good showing at all three missions
On Mar 27th, we had a Honor Mission in Derby and Ansonia for Walter K Nizgorski who served in the Army during WWII and Korea. He was also active in many veterans organizations, including the Catholic War Veterans, the American Legion, the VFW, and the AMVETS. The next day, Mar 28th, we had a Honor Mission in Stafford Springs for Alfred Moulin, a Navy veteran from WWII. The following day, Mar 29th we had a Honor Mission in Norwich for Frank Nasso, an Air Force and Army National Guard veteran of Vietnam, and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
On Mar 30th, we had a pair of missions, standing flag lines at both. The first was in Montville at a presentation of an “Honor & Remember” flag to Ari Culler’s mother. The second was at a “Remembrance of the Fallen” ceremony at the Hartford Armory where the names of the 613 CT Vietnam KIA’s was read.
That’s it for the missions since the last CT Cruise News issue deadline. We hope we provided some peace to the families of the heroes we paid our final respects to. As always, we invite you to come out and join us in our mission to honor this country’s veterans at their funeral services. Come out to one, grab a Flag and stand alongside us, experience the same satisfaction the rest of us do. You’ll be back.
Go to our website www.ctpatriotguard.org to check it out or to join up. (Article by Jay D Koonz)