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Jefferson County Bell Ringing for Veterans
Port Townsend, Washington – 10-19-19


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard Riders, please join me as we show Honor, Respect and Appreciation to the many Jefferson County Veterans who have passed away in the last six months.  For some, this may be the last time their name is spoken in public. Each veteran’s name is read with the branch in which he or she served, conflicts served in and awards received if applicable, followed by the ringing of a bell.  After all the names are recognized a piper plays Amazing Grace, The Port Townsend American Legion presents a rifle salute followed by a bugler playing taps.  The Washington State National Guard folds and presents the American Flag.  Please come out and help ensure each Veteran is given the Honor and Respect they deserve. This is a flag-line only mission.  Please be mindful of the ferry as space will fill quickly, even for motorcycles. It is advised that you use the reservation system if possible.

Staging: 12:15 PM

Jefferson County Courthouse
Port Townsend, Washington 98368

Ride Captains:

Dean Thiem
Ken Rutz
Veronica Port

Special Instructions:

RCs, SV arrive JCC: 12:00 PM
Riders arrive/sign-in 12:15 PM
Briefing: 12:25 PM
Flag-line: 12:30 PM
Service begins: 1:00 PM
Flag-line fades away quietly / debrief.
Flags & Water:
Flags will be provided
Large Bike Flags will NOT be needed.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Dean Thiem
Position: Washington Ride Captain

Note: You do not have to own/ride a motorcycle or be a veteran to join, and membership is Free. The only requirement is RESPECT! To subscribe to receive mission notices, log into the National Site and click on the Members tab at the top. Select the Subscribe to PGR Missions option.
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October 19, 2019
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Jefferson County Bell Ringing for Veterans Comment

  1. 29 Trusty and waterproof members arrived to stand in the rain to honor our HEROES. CMA had their normal tent with coffee and cookies. They also brought in portable toilets. Normal briefing was done and a CMA chaplain was asked to offer a prayer. He did a remarkable job and asked if possibly, that the rain stop during the ceremony. Flag line was set and we nearly ran out of flags. We put out all the service flags and the POW flag. As the Bell Tower struck one o’clock, the formal start time for this event, the rain stopped and it continued to be dry for the entire ceremony. Appropriate honors were rendered during the ceremony. A normal debrief was held and I had the honor of handing out 7 first timer pins. This mission is always special as we had many different organizations join together to honor our HEROES. Thanks to all who came out and special thanks to the CMA chaplain for his assistance with the prayer and dry weather for the ceremony.

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