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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano hosted a news conference on Monday, March 7th, in which he outlined changes he wants to see made in the existing county regulations to restrain protesters at military funerals.

Mr. Mangano was joined by Gold Star Family members, veterans, Patriot Guard Riders, Tea Party members  and others who support efforts to keep radical cults like the Westboro Baptist Church from piling insult and indignity on military families at the time of their greatest vulnerability.

Press coverage here, here and here.

More pictures here.

Ann and Meade remove signs from statue of Civil War hero in Wisconsin.

Story here!


Unbelievable!  The Supreme Court decided that the Westboro Baptist Church cult of hatred toward the U.S., her soldiers, and any American whose death is likely to draw a crowd, is protected speech.

More at Legal Insurrection.

Here’s the Court’s Opinion via Instapundit

If you read only one book on the military this year, Front Toward Enemy is the one to choose.

For the past two years that I have been involved with the Patriot Guard Riders’ escort of Gold Star families to Snowball Express, I have seen this young woman and her four young sons participating.  This year was different.  I wanted to contact her to let her know I had a photo of her and her sons with Santa from the American Airlines breakfast.  After a little research I found her name, and then a whole new door opened.

I discovered she had written a book which revealed the circumstances of her husband’s death, not at the hands of the enemy as so many others have, but at the hands of an American soldier.  I vaguely remembered the incident a few years back when two officers were killed by detonation of a claymore mine.  The last I had heard the case was underway and then… nothing.

Intrigued, I ordered the book to find out what happened.

A word to the wise.  Start this book in the morning on a day you are free.  A quick reader will finish it in a day or less.  Do Not start reading this book at night.  You will not be able to put it down and you will be on an emotional roller coaster throughout.

I never met Lt. Louis Allen, Barbara Allen’s husband, but I can assure you that he must have been one hell of a guy to have a woman so devoted to the pursuit of justice for him.  Ultimately that justice never came, but as you will read, it was through no lack of exertion on the part of his wife and Siobhan Esposito, the widow of Captain Phillip Esposito.

Fair warning.  This book is a gut wrenching look into the life of a Gold Star wife whose whole world has come crashing down around her only a few days after her husband arrived in Iraq.  Nothing can really prepare you for that.  Compounding that crisis is the fact that Lt. Allen was murdered by an American soldier, not a conventional enemy.

Barbara deftly chronicles her collapse into despair, the second tsunami of grief when she discovered the circumstances of Lou’s death, the genesis of her mission to seek justice for her husband, the drawn out circus of the military justice system, and the ultimate travesty of justice that ensued.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  It will leave you heart broken and filled with a formidable resolve to see justice done.

Barbara has a blog here, and a website here.

Patriot Guard Riders, American Airlines staff and volunteers from the Rockville Centre Tea Party welcomed home the happy Gold Star families from the Snowball Express 2010 outing on Monday night!

The kids were all happy and excited after their five days of rodeos, concerts, xtreme sports and gifts!

It is a pleasure to take part in this happy mission each year to bring joy to these families who so richly deserve it!

More pictures here!

Watch this outstanding video from American Airlines on the Snowball Express last year!

On a beautiful sunny December day a small group of Civil Air Patrol cadets, their officers, cemetery employees and a World War II Air Force Navigator (and POW), gathered to hold the Wreaths Across America ceremony at one of the original 14 National Cemeteries established by Congress and organized by President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War,  Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY.

WWII B17 Navigator and POW George W. Dennis

The Civil Air Patrol did an outstanding job with the Wreaths ceremony, then Veteran George Dennis gave an interesting and sometimes emotional talk about what Cypress Hills National Cemetery means to him, and about his military service.

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Mr and Mrs Claus were at the American Airlines terminal at JFK Airport to welcome our Gold Star families on their trip to Dallas, Texas, for the 2010 Snowball Express!

Santa also took the time to hear the Christmas wishes of the flight crew too!

The PGR escorted the families from the hotel to the airport and will greet them when they return.

More pictures here!

While we were at the airport we also had the honor to welcome home USMC LCpl Andrew McCleary from Afghanistan!

His mother and two sisters had driven down from Connecticut to meet him.  Some of our members were to escort him the the Connecticut border where he would be met by the CT PGR.

On Friday, October 29, the Patriot Guard Riders joined the family of Sgt Justin Boyle for a Welcome Home!

More photos here and here!


The young boy, Cody Alicea, who was ordered to remove the American flag from his bicycle by school officials,

was escorted on his ride to school this morning.

Excellent Mission!

More here!

On Sunday, October 10, 2010, the Patriot Guard Riders joined the Fire Family Transport Foundation and Marine families to welcome home members of the 4th Marine Logistics Group, 6th Communications Battalion (4th MLG 6th Comm) at LaGuardia Airport after their tour of duty in Afghanistan!

The bikes were lined up outside the terminal:

This was the scene as the Marines were escorted through the terminal!

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