Fallen PGR

Melvin D. Bladen, USN Viet Vet, Port Republic, 18 Apr 2015

National Mission Thread

    It is with sadness we learn of the loss of Mel Bladen.  Mel was a long time PGR in Maryland, riding many missions through-out the State.  Mel served in the Navy as a Radioman from 1961 to 1966.  He continued his federal service in the GS 'force', retiring in 1994 from the State Dept.  He and his wife had retired to South Carolina where he passed away on Saturday 11 April.  He left behind a legacy of service that has continued through to his grandchildren.
Per Mel's wishes, the family has invited the Patriot Guard Riders to pay their respects and honor Mel's service.  After he stood for so many, how can we not stand for him?
Funeral Service & Burial
Saturday 18 April 2015
Rally Time:  0900 hrs
Location:  Christ Church
               3100 Broomes Island Rd,
               Port Republic, MD 20676
Ride Captain:  Brian Parnes
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Services will begin at 1000 hrs and will be followed by immediate interment in the Christ Church cemetery.  There will be no mounted escort.  Flag lines only.
Weather for Saturday is expected to be sunny & 75 degrees.  Remember to dress & hydrate accordingly.
Scoots or cages, no one cares how you got there, only that you got there.