I am so proud of this organization and its members.
On Saturday 200 members showed up in Rochester to show the world we hold LCpl Curtis Swenson in the highest regard for his sacrifice. 100 of those continued on further as he was laid down in his finally resting place. Many of those making that ride didn't get home until well after dark.
At the same time 50 MN Patriot Guard members greeted SGT Kurt Kruize as he was brought home from Iraq on his last journey.
This letter was received from someone attending the funeral for LCpl Swenson
I live in Wisconson and today I went to the funeral of LCPL Curtis Micheal Swenson, in Rochester, MN. As we came to the church we beheld a sight that almost took my breath away.
The Patriot Guard Riders were lined on both sides of the street with flags flying. It was extremely moving.
They stood tall and still. They held their flag and looked so solemn. The tears started before I was even out of the vehicle.
When I talked with the family they found it difficult to put in words their appreciation. What you have done has given them a memory to hold in the dark times. The PGR helps those in the most heart wrenching times.
You are a wonderful group. I salute you.
Thank You and God Bless..
This is a clip of the mission report for SGT Kurt Kruize
Today we escorted SGT Kurt Kruize from the St Cloud Airport to the Williams Funeral home. We had 48 MN PGR members stand the flag line at the St Cloud Airport. The flight landed at 9:07 AM.
SGT Kruize was received by US Army Reserve Color Guard, this was a very emotional moment, there was not a dry eye on the
Billie Jo, Kurt's wife paused at the hearse and said "I Love You Sweetheart".
Let us never forget our heroes. Let us always support their families. Let us always answer the invitation with Honor, Dignity, and Respect.