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Letters To PGRPA


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  • Letter regarding SSGT Andrew Stevens mission, 12 JAN 15
    Thank you from the bottom of our heart for posting the mission to honor Andrew Stevens and his family. Andrew, Katy and the boys lived next door to our Navy son, daughter in-law and grandkids in San Diego until the Stevens moved to North Carolina a year ago.  Andrew was truly one of those special people who always had a smile and hugged us when we went to see the kids.  He was such a proud husband and dad and American Hero. We are heartbroken for this family.
    My wife and I are members of the Southern CA PGR and are from Temecula, CA and wish we could be there Monday to honor Andrew.  We are sending our son and daughter in-law Trenton and Jessica Grinstead  back on Saturday to honor their friend and be with Katy, Hunter and Logan.
    God bless each of you along with all of the PGR for honoring this hero.  Here are a few photos of the Stevens family. The two in the picture with Hunter and Logan are our grandkids Payton and Blake.

    Again, thank you for being there and…..Thank you for my freedom!

     Stevens 1
    Stevens 2

    Stevens 3

    Jerry N. Grinstead, Jr.

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    Received this from our RCIC of this mission Adam Falkenburg Thanks to all that helped with this mission.

    Subject: Letter of Appreciation for Robert M. Ray Service

    Dear Patriot Guards & Ride CPT’s Adam & Dale:…
    On behalf of Robert M. Ray, for whom you honored November 15 in Seneca, PA, my family would like to convey our sincere thanks and gratitude for the high degree of professionalism and respect your members exhibited. It was truly a sight to behold as my brother Mike and I drove into the funeral home parking lot!
    We thank you also for the presentation of the plaque, mission accomplished pin and the booklet with all the wonderful emails. It was truly heartwarming to read all those sentiments from folks who had never met my father. Again, thank you for your presence and for all that you do to honor our nation’s finest. May God bless all of you.

    Gregory T. Ray MSG(Ret.)

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  • Letter of gratitude from the family of John George Shernit, 31 Oct 14

    We don’t have anyone’s mailing address but wanted you to know that we cannot express the gratitude we have for the outstanding service and respect your team gave to us and our dad. The plaque we received is beautiful and it and the flag will proudly be shown in our home.

    During this time of grief it was great to see my husband’s pride as he rode with your team and accepted the plaque and flag. Many of our family and friends commented on how amazing your contributions to John’s service was.

    Thank you, again,  for making this happen for us and thank you all for your continued service to this country’s veterans and communities.

    With much admiration,

    Michelle Shernisky

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  • Letters for John G Gorzelic, USN WW2, 30 OCT 14

    Mr. McGinnis,
    On behalf of my family and I, I would just like to convey our sincere gratitude for the flag line and escort for my Fathers
    funeral service on Thursday October 30th 2014. We were overwhelmed by the professionalism and respect your members exhibited. Bubba and his group made a difficult day bearable for myself and my family. Being a member of Rolling Thunder, I have been one of the guys holding a flag but seeing what your group does from the other perspective, the perspective of the family and Veteran being honored, I was blown away, the comments I received from Friends and Family ranged from what an unbelievable tribute, to I wish I would have known about your group when their loved ones passed. Words cannot express our
    extreme gratitude for what the Patriot Guard Riders have done for my family and friends. I salute you Sir and all of your members for a job well done.

    Jim Gorzelic, and the entire Gorzelic family
    P.S. Please share this email with your entire organization




    Dear Patriot Guard Organization:

    Yesterday members of your fine organization as well as members from Rolling Thunder paused to remember my father-in-law, Mr. John Gorzelic, in Bethlehem, PA.  Mr. Gorzelic was a true American Hero in every sense of the phrase.  He served throughout the Pacific theatre in the United States Navy and experienced the horrors of war firsthand.  His actions saved many lives.  Sadly, he joined his brothers in Heaven on Saturday, October 25th following a long illness.

    I want you to know just how much the Gorzelic family appreciates your caring professionalism and recognition of their patriarch.  From my personal perspective as a retired US Navy officer and one who has personally suffered the loss of my son Matthew, a law enforcement officer, in the line of duty; I cannot express the level to which your actions yesterday touched my heart.  Your dedication to your mission, your support for our family, and the pride and professionalism you exhibited yesterday rose to the highest traditions I ever saw as a member of the United States Armed Services.  And the family is deeply, deeply grateful.  Your members made a very difficult day a time of honor and respect.  For this we thank you from the bottom of our collective heart.

    As an aside, I had the honor of meeting several of the members of your organization who have also lost sons in the line of duty.  We shared our stories and wept together.  And over the past 13 years since my son’s death, I have found this to be very helpful in our recovery from such a terrible loss.

    May God Bless you in all that you do and give you His Peace.

    With deep respect and thanks,

    Todd and the members of the Gorzelic Family

    Todd W. Herzog, CRNA, ARNP

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