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SPC Joshua R. Farris, 22, KIA, Smithville, TX, 16, 18 July 2009
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Posted on 07/12/2009 12:07

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*Updated 17 July*

Confirmed mission

SPC Joshua R. Farris, 22, of Smithville, Texas, died on 9 July in Wardak Province, Afghanistan of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. His family has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to help honor his service and ultimate sacrifice for our nation.

Airport Recovery portion: Thursday, 16 July

Complete. Thanks to all who were able to participate.

Funeral Service and Interment portion:

Date: Saturday, 18 July 2009

Location: All Faith of the Pines Funeral Home, 110 American Legion Dr., Smithville, TX. Map link: http://tinyurl.co...
Directions: Smithville is located approx. 11 miles east of Bastrop, TX. Traveling eastbound on Hwy 71, exit at Hwy 95S/Loop 230, travel south approx. 1 mile. Funeral Home is on the left (east) side of the road. Proceed to the rear of the property behind the building.

0845 - 0915 hrs staging (8:45 - 9:15 am)
0915 hrs briefing
0925 flag line in place
Funeral Service begins at 1000 hrs
Procession to the cemetery near Johnson City following the service

Austin Staging:
For those wishing to ride together from Austin, mission RC Steve von Roeder and Assistant RC Terry Ayers will depart from the 290 Cafe in Manor no later than 0745. The 290 Cafe is located two miles east of the SH130/Hwy 290 intersection on the south side of the road. All are welcome to join in the ride to Smithville.

Weather forecast: Low mid-70s., high upper 90's, 20% change of thunderstorms. Sunscreen recommended. Bring a sufficient amount of drinking water. Hydrate the night before and in the AM. A small non-perishable food ration is also highly recommended.

Parking: Bike parking at the funeral home will be behind the building on the un-paved portion of the property. The area is grass/compacted dirt and is fairly flat. Please follow local ride captain instruction so that there will be room for all bikes and mourner vehicles on site, as parking is limited
Procession: Arrive at the funeral home fully fueled, as the procession to the cemetery is 80 miles with no intermediate stops. Closest fuel is approx. 1/2 mile east of the Hwy 95/71 intersection. This will be a hot 2 hr plus ride, so please consider the condition of yourself and your bike before committing to do it.

Ride Captain: Steve von Roeder, , cell 512-466-5769, home phone 512-837-3843
Asst RC: Terry Ayers, mototerry@texreb.com cell 512-925-6101
Flag Wrangler: JC Clausen


Cemetery Staging:
For those who plan to go directly to the cemetery, we will have a flag line in place prior to the arrival of the procession. Thank you Centex PGR for the support.

Location: Miller Creek Cemetery, located 2.7 miles east of the Hwy 281/Hwy 290 intersection SE of Johnson City. Map Link: http://tinyurl.co...
Directions: The cemetery entrance is on the north side of Hwy 290 on a curve and at the bottom of a hill approaching from either direction. It comes up fast and is not very well marked. We will have a bike or Marebare's green jeep at the entrance to help identify it as you approach. GPS coordinates of the entrance are: N 30deg 11' 43.8" and W 98deg 20' 01.6".

1215 - 1245 hrs staging
1245 briefing
After the briefing we can get some shade as we await arrival of the procession. Once notified that the procession is a few miles out, we will get the flag line up and have people ready to assist in parking the arriving bikes.

Ride Captain: John "TC" Wiley, , cell 325-423-2220.
Marebare, maddog & JR Hill From Centex assisting.

SPC Farris gave all defending our country, it's time for us to stand tall & silent with respect and gratitude for his sacrifice.

Edited by markwells on 07/17/2009 04:58
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Posted on 07/13/2009 12:06
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Mark, standing by in La Grange. Please keep in mind that I work rotating shift work, so I may or may not be available if and when this Mission takes place.

I will definitely be there Thursday for the recovery and procession to Smithville. I am working Saturday, so I am unable to make the funeral and whatever is planned for Johnson City. See everyone Thursday morning.
La Grange, TX PGR R/C

Nice turnout for the Recovery on Thursday! Everyone ride safe Saturday and keep this Family under your wings!
Edited by cgn9tom on 07/17/2009 08:25
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Posted on 07/13/2009 12:27

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Mark,I am standing by in CENTEX PGR for additional information.Bill Presley
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Posted on 07/14/2009 11:32

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standing by waiting for more info,medspec
taking day off to honor this young man
working saturday,unable to attend funeral
Edited by medspec on 07/16/2009 06:19
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Posted on 07/14/2009 17:39

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I will be standing by for more info. My prayers go out to his family.
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Posted on 07/14/2009 21:05
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Standing by in Georgetown.
VMFA-122, Chu Lai, Vietnam 1969-70
Riding in memory of Lt. Wilbrecht, Lt. Breeding and Lt. Bradshaw, USMCR
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Posted on 07/14/2009 22:38

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Standing by in Pflugerville.

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Posted on 07/15/2009 07:23

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Standing by for more info. Thoughts and prayers to his family.
Riding in memory of my father, Frank C Michaels (1923-1990). WWII vet, B-24 door gunner

"Man is only free if government is limited"
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Posted on 07/15/2009 16:18

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standing by waiting for info
I may be short and loud, but I can stand tall and proud.

Riding in memory of Col. W.A. Steiner (USAF) and Richard Allen Zimmerman (US Army) and all of my family, friends, and brave military soliders, both past and present.
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Posted on 07/15/2009 19:23
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see yaw there,lets jam,and embrace this young soldier and his family.
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Posted on 07/15/2009 22:25

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I will be there Thursday to honor this American HERO
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Posted on 07/16/2009 07:08

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Saw the article in the Statesman this am, I'll be there on Saturday.
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Posted on 07/16/2009 07:56
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I'll be there on Saturday! May God bless this young man and his family. He was a true American hero!
Riding in memory of Harold W. Rowe, LCDR US Navy; WWII veteran. I still miss you pops!
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Posted on 07/16/2009 14:07
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We are working on the staging info for the mission on Saturday. Info will be available soon.

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Posted on 07/16/2009 19:35

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God bless our fallen solider, and may his family know he did not pass in vain. He is a Hero.

I'm new to the PGR, and I'm humbled and proud to be part of such a loving, supporting group.

This will be my second mission, but the first that includes bagpipes. I know I will cry, but I'll stand tall to honor Spc Joshua Farris.

I do look forward to meeting Texas Riders. I'll be in a cage, but I'll be there.

Be safe,

p.s. what time in "o'clock?" this 1000 hrs makes me feel simple minded??!!
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Posted on 07/16/2009 19:53

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Wendy, thanks for joining and participating. You are doing the right thing for this young man and his family.

The 1000 hrs is 10:00 am on the 24 hr clock, same way of specifying time used by military, air traffic control, etc. Avoids the whole am/pm confusion. If you've ever set your alarm clock for the wrong time of day you know what I mean.

As soon as I get the Austin staging location from the mission RC (that's Ride Captain) we'll get the details for Saturday posted.
texas coyote
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Posted on 07/17/2009 04:58
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You are doing the right thing....and never be afraid to ask questions...
Welcome....You won't regret it...
Edited by texas coyote on 07/16/2009 21:38
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." -- George Washington 1789

C Co. 2/22 Inf. (mech) "Tripple Deuce" 25th Inf. Div. Vietnam 1968

PGR ID#8488....Ride Captain.....Hill Country.....

We are each just a pixel in the "Big Picture." Together we bring it into focus. Hopefully the image we create will leave a positive and lasting impression on each Family and Community that we have the Honor of serving..
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Posted on 07/17/2009 08:17
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If anyone lives between Georgetown and Smithville and you are interested, several of us are leaving my House (1 mile west of Jonah on Hwy 29) at 07:15 Saturday morning, we will travel east on Hwy 29 to Hwy 95, we will go through Taylor, through Elgin via 95 until we hit Hwy 71 in Bastrop. We will travel East on Hwy 71 to the last service station on the right (I think it is a Chevron) just before arriving in Smithville. We will top off our tanks there and should arrive at the Funeral Home at approximately 08:40 for the staging there.
You are more than welcome to join us along the route, we will not stop so be prepared to just join up as we go by.
Thanks for all you do,
Frank James
Cell 512-773-7061
Home 512-869-1874
P.S Ditto to everything TC and Mark said Wendy, and Welcome aboard !!!
Edited by scooterjr on 07/17/2009 10:37
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Posted on 07/17/2009 13:48
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looking forward to meeting you.

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Posted on 07/18/2009 04:57

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I wish I could be there to make this mission. From Arkansas, may SPC Joshua R. Farris rest in peace. Prayers to his family and friends.
In memory of my son Mark(1968-1987)-Police Explorer and USN
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