Saturday October 12th 2019
Dillsburg PA 17019
The Patriot Guard Riders of Pennsylvania have been asked to escort home the cremains of Vietnam Veteran James Gartland on the final leg of his journey. Sadly, his cremains were found by the owner of a storage unit, Angela Schill after it had been abandoned. She tried for over a year to find the next of kin or someone to claim the remains without success. She contacted a very determined women by the name of Stacey Buckner. After some “Intense detective work” Stacey was able to locate a Brother. Joe Gartland who lives in Dillsburg Pa. Understandably Joe was distraught that his Brothers remains were left behind. This remarkable woman Stacey promised Joe she would personally see to it that James came home. She has requested that the Patriot Guard Riders escort her as she keeps her promise and brings James home to his family. We will pick up the escort at the Steinweir Ave Exit Northbound on Route 15. The PD Motorcycles will meet them at the State line, and we will join the escort as they arrive. Two Patriot Guard Riders in vests will be blocking both lanes of the highway as we escort Stacey and James to Dillsburg where he will be reunited with his family at the VFW post 6771 in Dillsburg. There we will stand in silent honor of his service to this Nation. James Gartland is a true American Patriot that has served this great nation with honor. Now it’s our turn to stand and honor him.
(Arrive fully fueled and ready to go. There will be no stops until we reach our destination in Dillsburg)
Staging: 1600 Hrs.
Northbound Ramp Steinweir Ave exit
1st exit in PA on Route 15 North
Escort: When Escort Arrives
Transfer: Upon arrival at VFW
22 Franklin Street
Dillsburg PA 17019
RCIC: Dave All
For mission information, contact:
Eric M. Cramer Veterans Liaison East