From the State Captain – March 2013

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Patriot Guard and Associates:

Despite the snow expected in the next day or two, it is time to be thinking Spring and warmer weather! And don’t forget to set your clocks ahead to be on time for the Special Mission Sunday as well..

Quite a bit coming our way over the next few months so I wanted to get some “save the dates” out to you as well as once again begin to look for volunteers to help at a two very important events.

Saturday May 4th will be 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! We will be looking for volunteers to help us out the day before and the days of the event so please block some time now to help out. Our own Ride Captain MadMike 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. He can be reached at


Sunday June 23rd will be our Respect our Vets Poker Run,Prospect CT V.F.W. POST # 8075

Brought to you by Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders – Haymond Law, Cruise News and Trantolo & Trantolo with all proceeds support Connecticut Veteran Causes. Music provided by Shotgun Still Band ( Ride Captain Paul Novicelli will be leading this event and we will be looking for volunteers shortly. More details to follow but any questions should be directed to Paul at:

Wreaths Across America- After many years of doing an outstanding job with Wreaths Across America, Pattie Ptak has decided to step down as the leader and is turning over the reins to Ride Captain Skip Petras. I would like to thank Pattie for all her hard work and also agreeing to help Skip out as they transition the responsibilities for this important event. Also a big thanks for Skip for volunteering to take over this role.

Upcoming Missions:

  • · Special Mission SUN March 10th, 1115hrs (stage), Plainfield, Cindy Beaudoin Memorial
  • · Welcome Home Caleb Frappier, SAT March 23rd, 1045hrs (stage), Colchester
  • · Special Mission- to be sent shortly, “Reading of the names” of the KIA from CT in Vietnam, SAT March  30th, 1215hrs (stage), Hartford
  • · Special Mission-to be sent shortly, Ari Cullers Benefit, SAT March 30th, 1700hrs (stage), Montville

As always, thank you for all you do for our Veterans, 1st Responders.

GGregg “Flag 7” Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain