AAR: PGR Wreaths Across America Escort

The Wreaths Across America convoy from Maine to Arlington Cemetery crossed New York State Thursday.

Alice files this report:

The morning was a very chilly one. We were invited by the Darien, CT, VFW Post 6933 to gather there.  Along with a warm place to wait they provided us with hot beverages and breakfast. They were very gracious hosts.

After the group had finished eating we went outside to begin the first leg of our trip.  There were many cages [cars] and a few brave souls rode their motorcycles.

We proceeded out of the parking lot escorted by LEO [police] who took both front and rear positions.  The tractor trailers carrying the donated wreaths joined in along the way.

Here is a video from Darien:

Our first  stop was at Darien High School.  The ceremony began with the raising of the flag and a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. The band played God Bless America. Members of “Support Our Soldiers”, or SOS as they refer to themselves, read letters written by middle and high school students to those deployed.  Speeches were given by the members of the student body and faculty as well.  A Gold Star Mom let everyone know how much it means to them that their cherished children who paid the ultimate price haven’t been forgotten. She said that is a Gold Star Parent’s biggest fear. The Worcester Wreath Company presented them with one of their wreaths. One teacher, complete with kilt and all, ended the ceremony by playing Amazing Grace on his bagpipe.

We got back on the road with NY PGR taking the lead just behind the LEO.  They managed traffic very well. The most impressive sight was on the George Washington bridge.  All lanes were blocked so that the escort were the only vehicles crossing it.

We reached the Secaucus WalMart where we were greeted by NJ PGR holding flags. WalMart had blocked off a huge part of their parking lot to provide enough room for the three tractor trailers and escort to park.  Inside they offered us lunch and talked with many of us about Wreaths Across America and what the Patriot Guard does.   Worcester Wreath Company presented one of the Arlington wreaths to the store.

After the break the convoy formed up again.  New riders joined in, many who started in Maine continued, and a few like myself headed home.

Video of Convoy leaving Walmart:

My thanks to Worcester Wreath Company, the Worcester family, the Darien VFW Post 6933, the Law Enforcement Officers, Darien High School, Secaucus WalMart, and especially the Gold Star families and all who have fought for and those who died for our freedom.

And Thank You, Alice, and all the Patriot Guard Riders who escorted this convoy with dignity and respect!

More great photos here!

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