Thank You re: Wreaths Across America

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Today was an amazing day… The 10th anniversary of the Wreaths Across America Event at CT State Veterans Cemetery, and the First time that we have covered the entire cemetery with a Wreath at each resting place that was able to receive a Wreath. There was quite a bit of preparation leading up to this day. With the fundraising by various people and groups, the volunteers that helped unload the tractor trailers when the wreaths arrived in Middletown, and the volunteers that re-loaded the wreaths onto the trucks for transport to the cemetery and the volunteers who again unloaded the trucks and distributed the wreaths to the appropriate cemetery sections. There seems to be a theme here…. Volunteers. Without the Volunteers that assisted these past months, the outcome certainly could have been different. A lot of time and effort was expended leading up to this day.

Then the placement of Wreaths on the Veterans final resting place….. Again it took an army of volunteers to do that as well. The final result was was nothing short of amazing.

A huge Thank You to the members of the CT PGR, NL MC Club, and various other groups and individuals who came out and stood the flag line and to the first timers, we hope to see you on future flag lines.

Wishing you the happiest of Holidays, and a Safe Happy and Healthy New Year…..

William F. Petras III (Skip)
Assistant State Captain
CT Patriot Guard Riders
860-463-5316 (cell)

Card of Thanks Re: NERCC 2016

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Card of Thanks Re: NERCC 2016

Mac, Kat and I want to offer our most sincere gratitude for a job well done by all Patriot Guard that attended the NERCC or helped the day before.
I didn’t specifically say just CT as there were a few other states present. Although as always, PGR CT took a commanding lead.
On Friday (day before), there were people waiting when I arrived on site at 0800. On Saturday, when I arrived at 0515 on site there were people waiting.
We were amazed at the efforts that were shown this year. For the first time in several years I watched Kat enjoy herself a little. Jim and Steve were never far from her side and that made my life easier.
I can not say enough about my brother Mark Brundage. Early to arrive, late to leave and in pain most of the time. Delegating tasks like a true leader and always with a smile.
Special thanks to SC Mac McArthur and ASC Jack Casey for their tireless efforts behind the scenes. There is no way we could do what we do without the tireless efforts of Marcia Young. Many emails, phone call’s and texts…and she accomplished it all.
Lest I forget, we also had two PGR/ICS chili cooks. Bob Stone VP N.E. and CT ASC Skip Petras both made chili for the masses and the judges. BOTH were very good.
Due to all of your efforts, this was a very successful mission.
Thank you to all PGR that participated in any way. You made our dream come true….again.
Kat and Michael Freedman


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Note of Thanks Re:



Last night the PGR stood a flag line at the official Welcome Home and Freedom Salute Ceremony for members of my unit, the 192nd MP BN (and also the 143rd RSG). There have been a couple of times I have been honored to stand a flag line with the PGR, and it’s a privilege to be amongst other patriots when doing so.

I cannot express my gratitude to those who proudly stood on either side of the stage, Flag in hand. After 4 deployments, this is the second time I’ve been proud to have been the recipient of the PGRs honoring Veterans (my other two deployments were Desert Storm and OIF 1, before we had these ceremonies).

From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank you all for your services last night, but mostly, for all the times you have taken out of your lives to honor my brothers and sisters in arms.

I hope to be standing tall with you again soon!
God bless you all.
192nd MP BN BN Plans NCO

***Special Mission***Hartford Veterans Day Parade, Hartford, CT. SUN NOV 2nd, 1230hrs

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***Special Mission***

Hartford Veterans Day Parade

Hartford, CT.

SUN NOV 2nd, 1230hrs

Patriot Guard and associates,We are very excited to have been asked to participate in the Hartford Veterans Day parade.We are the GOLD division and should stage at Buckingham Street- East of Wadsworth Street and please be prompt for the stage time as the roads approaching are subject to closure.Of note, for bikes that have tendency to overheat, this is a slow and fairly long parade route.There will be a moment of silence observed at 1330hrs.NOTE: Daylight savings time ends on parade day so turn back clocks one hour.

ASC Jack Casey will be RCIC for this event
Final Staging
1030hrs (stage)
Sunday November 2nd
Buckingham Street East of Wadsworth Street
Hartford, CT

God Bless America, our Troops and 1st Responders!

Mac “MAC” McArthur

State Captain, PGR CT

Patriot Guard Riders


Thanks from The Elks Lodge

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Thanks from The Elks Lodge

Thanks so much for the participation of the Patriot Guard Riders in our BBQ.  Your group has become an important and really indispensable part of the program.  We appreciation the PGR so very much.
Please extend my thank to your members.  FYI, will probably be June 20 next year.
All the best;
Phil Sengle

Note of Appreciation for Paul Thibeault Honor Mission

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Note of Appreciation for Paul Thibeault Honor Mission

I would like to thank the CT Patriot Guard Riders from the deepest part of my heart for leading my fathers funeral on Monday.  My father was honored in the most beautiful way and all of you made that happen!

Judy Dimes

Thank You Note

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Sorry it took me so long to write.  I wanted to express my sincerest thanks to you and the CT Patriot Guard for all that you did for my father, and CT Patriot Guard Member, Joseph Swiatek’s funeral service.  It was incredibly heartwarming to see the expression of patriotism and support, and we cannot thank you enough.

Kind Regards,
Christine Swiatek

Thank You Note From Mission for Robert Pilletere

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Thank You Note From Mission for Robert Pilletere
” Thank you so much for making the memorial service for Robert Pilletere so special.
The show of flags was spectacular and I’ve had many compliments on the beauty bestowed.
We know Bob wold have been so pleased.
Brenda Pilletere and family”

A Note of Appreciate regarding LTCol Tom Budrejko Mission

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Thank youSept 23, 2013
A Note of Appreciation

From: Catherine Alexander
Subject: A note of appreciation

To the Patriot Guard Riders,

My brother, LTCol Tom Budrejko, was laid to rest a year and a half ago in New Britain, CT. Even though it has been so long, I wanted to say Thank You for your presence at his funeral. It was one of the most breath taking moments when we pulled up at the church, and later the cemetery, to see you surrounding my brother and our family with your flags and protection.

I know he felt honored by you being there, just as we all did. It was a truly humbling experience. Thank you for all you do for our veterans!


Catherine Alexander

Thank You for you participation in the funeral for Matthew Skurat, 09/10/13

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Date: Sep 12, 2013 10:28 PM

From: Stephen Gifford

Subject: Thank You for you participation in the funeral for Matthew Skurat, 09/10/13


I just wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation to CT Patriot Guard Riders

and its members for their participation in the funeral for my Father-in-Law, Matthew

Skurat, on Tuesday, 10 September 2013.

What the Patriot Guard Riders have done and will do for those that have served and

veterans who have sacrificed all will never be forgotten.