AAR: PGR Mission 455th Engineers Yellow Ribbon Ceremony

On a crisp cold February morning the Patriot Guard Riders joined family, friends, dignitaries and well wishers to see the 455th Engineers off to their deployment in Afghanistan.

It was pretty chilly outdoors with 17 degree weather and a stiff breeze!

This photo was just after we moved indoors.

More and more people kept arriving until the room was literally packed wall to wall.

Here’s a video which shows much of the crowd and then the Girl Scouts singing the National Anthem.

The PGR adopted the unit with an offer to look after the families of the men while they are overseas and gave them a flag which everyone signed:

Alice of the PGR took loads of great photos which are here.

I had the honor to meet two American Heroes at the ceremony.

Matt Russotti of Lynbrook who was going overseas.

And Lt. Col. Steve Labate who came to the ceremony to see the unit off!

Many of you will become more acquainted with Steve this election when he will be running against the incumbent Steve Israel for the 2nd Congressional District seat.

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