Message from CT PGR State Captain Gregg Barratt

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Pariot Guard and Associates:                March 18, 2014

Well, it is trying to warm up and get us ready for an outstanding Spring!  I will come clean and say I am writing this statewide message from a business trip in Daytona where it is 85 and a great bike week just past!

Once again, a very big round of thanks to all of you for what you do for our Veterans, 1st Responders and their families.  Not only did we survive a harsh winter but once again never missed a Mission request despite storms, short notice, multiple Missions at the same time and ever changing events.  Outstanding work!

Several events on the horizon and be sure to check the website for all the calendar events (

Saturday May 3rd: The New England Chili Cook off in Somers CT to benefit Patriot Guard Riders of CT and the Somers Fire Dept.  This is a terrific event with fun, vendors and of course, CHILI!  Our own Ride Captain Mad Mike Freeman will once again at the helm of this outstanding event and Sr. Ride Captain Kevin Wakely will also again be coordinating all the volunteers’ roles and shifts for PGR members.  Keep your eye out for volunteer opportunities  

We will have our traditional Flag line, Full Flag bike entrance and also have a Honor and Remember Flag presentation to the parents of Capt. Andrew Pedersen-Keel who was KIA March 11 2013.

Saturday April 5th:  Very Special Mission and in support of Gold Star Father and fellow PGR Frank Adamski, Jr.  Hornet’s Nest movie premiere at Plainfield High School at 1200hrs.
Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.
Their journey, The Hornet’s Nest’, unfolds a true story of survival not only for the soldiers, but for a father and son team who seek to re-connect under the most harrowing of circumstances.

“IN HONOR OF 6 BRAVE MEN, This is a movie every American should see, no matter your political views.  Mind you these men and women are not actors, the bullets flying the bombs bursting are real, they are not props. There are no do-overs, it is raw combat. This film is an emotional roller-coaster, you will laugh, you will …feel anticipation, you will feel fear, and yes you will cry. This is what war is like. The real deal. Most importantly, you will see camaraderie, brotherhood and bravery. Men and women will put themselves in harm’s way, in an instant to help their fallen brother….” ~ FRANK ADAMSKI JR.

Frank Adamski Jr. is the father of US ARMY Ssg. Frank E. Adamski III born 30 March 1984, Killed In Action 29 March 2011, Afghanistan.

Memorial Day and Parades:
Many of you have asked about PGR attendance at different parades for Memorial Day.  Historically, we have not called Missions on parades and they have been an “attend on your own” event.  At a Ride Captain meeting, it was decided that PGR of CT would call a Special Mission each year for the Old Saybrook Parade as we have had a very long standing presence there.  We would then call a Special Mission on another parade each year that we would rotate and this year.  We will continue to encourage “attend on your own” parades as we have done in the past..

Sunday July 20th: Fidelco Freedom Ride, in Bloomfield CT

Sunday July 27:  PGR of CT Summer Get Together, in Portland CT  More to come on this but mark the date!

As always, thank you for all you do for our Veterans, 1st Responders and their families!

Gregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain
Director, Honor and Remember of CT