Here is the latest.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Patriot Guard:
The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to provide an Honor Guard
flag Line at the Final Approach to the Tacoma Dome for the Memorial
Service for our Lakewood Police Officers:
Sergeant Mark Renninger
Officer Ronald Owen
Officer Tina Griswold
Officer Greg Richards
The Memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 8 at the Tacoma
Dome. The service itself is scheduled to begin at 1300 hrs (1:00 PM),
but we will be staging, briefing, and establishing the flag line much
earlier than that as the procession will be leaving McChord AFB at
approximately 10:00 AM, with the first vehicles scheduled to arrive at
the Dome at approximately 10:30 AM. For several reasons, this will be a
lengthy mission plan, so please read it closely and completely in order
to avoid missing important details.
* MAIN MISSION *
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
314 E. 26th St.
- The business sign on the street reads "Edge Technologies". There will
be RC's present designated as "Parking Officers". Please follow their
instructions for parking.
- Secondary Parking - Parking Lot next to 409 E. 26th Street, next to
"Katy's Antiques". This lot will be marked "Reserved for PGR". If you
are directed to this lot, again, follow the instructions of the "Parking
Officers" so we can take best advantage of available space.
0845 hrs - Riders arrive
0900 to 0930 hrs - Parking & sign-in
0930 to 1000 hrs - Briefing
1010 hrs - Establish flag line.
Cullen "Bluelight" Ritchie, State Capt.
Jim "BikerVet" Dickson, Ass't State Capt.
Kristen "Daylight" Langley, WC Dist. Capt.
This will be a long-duration flag line, and we will relieve individuals
on a regular basis to avoid fatigue or other problems. After breaking
down the flag line (time TBD
), we will break for lunch (see below).
Following lunch, we will move the flag line up to the vicinity of the
"C" Entrance of the Dome (at approximately 1400 hrs) We will
re-establish the flag line at approximately 1430 hrs (TBD
) in order to
be in place prior for completion of the service (est. 1500 hrs.).
Because of the forecast for Tuesday, we strongly advise everyone to
bring / wear warm clothing (in layers) and wear or bring cushion-soled
shoes suitable for standing for long periods on cold concrete. Warm
hats and gloves go without saying.
There is a small cafe called Friesenburgers at 308 E. 26th, directly in
front of primary staging, that is going to remain open for our benefit,
so hot food and beverages will be available for purchase all day.
Michael Goldman, the proprietor, supports our mission and is anxious to
serve us. He is also giving up most of his normal customer parking for us.
If you encounter a LEO road-block in the vicinity of the Dome (highly
likely), simply tell them you are PGR and part of the Honor Flag Line on
* SOUTH END RIDE PLAN - START *
Below is the ride plan for anyone wanting to ride together from Oregon
and SW Washington:
SOUTH END STAGING:
Gas Station at Exit 14 North bound on I-5
SOUTH END SCHEDULE:
0630 hrs - Staging
0650 hrs - Briefing
0700 hrs - KSU
SOUTH END RIDE CAPTAIN:
Dave "Dirt" Cox
SOUTH END NOTES:
We will plan one quick stop south of Chehalis (exit 72) to top off and
drain tanks and then we will make the final run to the Tacoma Dome for
the 0930 staging. This may be a fairly hazardous mission. Please be
aware of the weather forecast, high of 33 with a slight possibility of
snow at this point. Please be very careful, especially on overpasses,
metal expansion joints, and debris such as leaves and frost!!! And for
those hard headed souls, please listen to the still, small, voice....
mine will probably be yelling extra loud!!
"THIS WILL BE A FLAG LINE ONLY SO PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR MODE OF
If there is anyone that is sure they are going to cage, please contact
me (Dave "Dirt" Cox) as I will need to transport our flags north to help
with the flag line.
I may make an update as we get closer to Tuesday and have a better
forecast for the weather. Please be safe!!!
* SOUTH END RIDE PLAN - END *
* PENINSULA RIDE PLAN - START *
Hwy 101 & Hooker Rd
0715 hrs - Stage at Chevron Station Hwy 101 & Hooker Rd in Carlsborg.
0730 hrs - KSU
0830 hrs - Brief stop at Gas Station Hwy 3 & Hwy 16 in Gorst
0840 hrs - KSU. Remember toll bridge money
0930 hrs - Arrive at main staging area
PENINSULA RIDE CAPTAIN:
BlackOut - Clallam/Jefferson RC
Weather should be monitored closely.
* PENINSULA RIDE PLAN - END *
On behalf of Bluelight and myself, we would like to personally thank the
Patriot Guard Riders for their support. We have received messages and
calls from all over the nation, and we have forwarded them to the
Lakewood Police Department. You may consider visiting the Lakewood
Police Guild's website (www.lpig.us
) where you will find information
about these officers and an avenue for contributing to their families if
Please watch for any further updates over the weekend because, due to
the sheer immensity of this service, some things will remain fluid right
up to the last day. We will strive to update any information that we
get as timely as possible.
Respectfully Serving You and the PGR,
Cullen "Bluelight" Ritchie, Washington State Captain
Jim "BikerVet" Dickson, Western WA Assistnt State Captain