Thread subject: Austin Area Patriot Guard Riders :: SFC James Edward Havner, 77, US Army (Ret), Vietnam Veteran, San Marcos, TX, 16 NOV 2017

Posted by markwells on 11/15/2017 07:51

Confirmed Mission: The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in the funeral and interment services for SFC James E. Havner, US Army (Retired). SFC Havner served 21 years in the US Army including service in Vietnam. He retired from the service as a Sergeant First Class.

Information about his life can be found here: http://www.pennin...mes-havner

Date/Time: Thursday, 16 November 2017. Funeral service scheduled at 11 am.

Location: Pennington Funeral Home, 323 N Comanche, San Marcos, Texas 78666. We will stage at the funeral home.
Map link:

10:00 am - 10:20 am Staging
10:20 am - Briefing
10:30 am - Flag line

Wx: Hi 80 deg, 50% rain chance. Cage it if desired

Notes: Bring a bottle of water for yourself and one for a friend. After the start of the funeral service we will stand by to join the law enforcement escorted procession to the nearby Memory Lawn Memorial Park in Martindale where we will form a second flag line for the interment service.

Ride Captain: Keith Longacre, , (512) 751-8955
Flag Wrangler: Don Ferguson

Please attend this mission and lend support to this Vietnam Veteran's family and friends and honor his long service to our country.

Edited by markwells on 11/15/2017 08:21

Posted by keithlongacre on 11/15/2017 15:02

If anyone is interested, some of us will be meeting around 8:30 for breakfast at the Whataburger in San Marcos. Guadalupe & I-35

Edited by keithlongacre on 11/15/2017 15:14

Posted by keithlongacre on 11/16/2017 16:17

Thanks everyone. Great to ride with such a super bunch of 11 Patriots. We also had 4 friends of the fallen ride with us to the interment. We are most always thanked but today, everyone there came through the line & did so personally. It is such a good feeling to know that we really make a difference. Being invited by the family to participate is such a Hugh honor. Thanks to Don for the flags & to Warren for the prayer.

Posted by keithlongacre on 11/17/2017 08:51

posted by permission of Ken
I want to thank you for the mission today. As you know, being the only Army grunt there, I inherited the honor of the Army Flag. As a result of that and the fact that you positioned the US & Army Flags directly in front of the casket, I had an absolutely unforgettable moving experience. I found myself about 6 feet in front of this young Marine (probably his grandson) fighting back his tears on the other side of the flag draped casket. I will never forget that. And his family and friends.............. God bless the people that still love our country. Thanks for the opportunity. Glad you’re a Ride Captain – keep up the good work.
Ken Eshelman

Edited by keithlongacre on 11/17/2017 08:52