Patriot Guard and associates,
We are very excited to have been asked to participate in a special Honor and Remember Flag presentation at the opening ceremony for the Fidelco Ride for Independence.
The mother of Army Sgt Benjamin L Gilman will be presented with an Honor and Remember Flag. Sgt Gilman was 28, from Meriden Conn.; assigned to 41st Engineer Battalion, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y.; killed Jan. 29, 2004, when a weapons cache exploded in Ghazni, Afghanistan
Heroes will again be honored at the fourth annual Ride for Independence to benefit the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation in Bloomfield on Sunday, July 20th. This family-friendly motorcycle fundraiser celebrates the freedom and independence that Fidelco Guide Dogs bring to men and women who are blind across North America, especially blinded military personnel.
The 2014 Ride for Independence Grand Marshal is a blinded military hero and Fidelco client, Staff Sergeant Michael Malarsie, USAF (Ret). Malarsie was blinded in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan in 2010. One year later, with his Fidelco Guide Dog “Xxon” leading the way, Michael returned to work as the only blind Airman on active duty in the Air Force.
State Captain Gregg Barratt will be will be RCIC and have flags on site.
If you would like to participate in the ride, please go to www.fidelco.org to register
Sunday July 20th
103 Vision Way
God Bless America, Our Troops and 1st Responders!
Gregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain
Director, Honor and Remember of CT