Escort for Wreaths Across America Sarasota

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********************* IMPORTANT!!! **********************
REVISED STAGING LOCATION FOR WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA ESCORT SARASOTA
THE RUSKIN REST AREA WHERE WE NORMALLY STAGE IS CLOSING DEC. 3 2018 FOR A MONTH OR TWO PLEASE NOTE REVISED STAGING LOCATION AND TIME!

***** REVISED STAGING LOCATION FOR ESCORT !!!!*****


STAGING HOME DEPOT PARKING LOT, 5820 SR 64, BRADENTON FL 34208 
0630 hrs - Stage
0700 hrs – RIDE CAPTAIN BRIEFING MANDATORY
0730 hrs – KSU (or as directed by WAA staff)
The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to participate in escorting Wreaths Across America trucks from the HOME DEPOT parking lot, 5820 SR 64, East Bradenton, Fl 34208, to Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota.
Join other volunteers, Veterans, Active Duty Military and their Families escorting the Wreaths on their final leg to Sarasota National Cemetery and become part of history by placing a wreath at 1 of 1,400 participating National Cemeteries and Veteran Monuments across America.
All motorcycles are welcome and flag bikes are strongly encouraged (mounted 3 x 5 American Flag). All other vehicles (cages) wanting to participate in the escort are requested to have an American Flag (window flag if possible) mounted to the right side of the vehicle (facing it from the rear) to identify them as part of the escort.
We will be escorting the Wreaths approximately 23 miles to the Cemetery on an Interstate Highway, So ensure your mounted flags are secure and capable of highway speeds. Speed will be around 60MPH and we will travel in the far left lane untill time to transition to the far right lane for our exit.
According to our WAA representative, PGR flag bikes will lead the escort, followed by PGR non-flag bikes, followed by Veteran organizations, followed by independent riders followed by cages.
If you are not participating in the escort, proceed directly to the Cemetery and join us in the Ceremony.
This is an escort (approximately 23 miles) from the Home Depot parking lot, 5820 SR 64, East Bradenton, Fl 34208 to the on ramp south I-75 to Sarasota National Cemetery. 9810 SR 72 Sarasota Fl. 34241
Flag bikes are strongly encouraged.
Itinerary:
Escort
from the Home Depot. Parking Lot
5820 SR 64
East Bradenton Fl 34208
0630 hrs - Stage
0700 hrs – Brief
0730 hrs – KSU (or as directed by WAA staff)
To Sarasota National Cemetery
9810 SR 72 Sarasota Fl. 34241
Ride Captain: Bill Franklin
SRC Email: gulfrader@comcast.net
SRC Cell: 941-350-2547
SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE HOME DEPOT FOR ALLOWING US TO USE THEIR PARKING LOT FOR STAGING FOR THIS EVENT.
BIG HAND TO MIKE DINGLE 4D'S TRUCKING FOR HIS TIME AND EFFORT PROVIDING HIS TRUCKS TO TRANSPORT THE WREATHS
THANKS TO JON RITSCHER OF SCHNEIDER FOR HIS TIME AND EFFORT PROVIDING HIS TRUCK TO TRANSPORT WREATHS.
THANKS ALSO TO THE FOLLOWING:
FLORIDA DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT 1 FOR LIGHTING UP THE BOARDS TO CONTROL TRAFFIC.
FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL FOR THEIR ESCORT FROM MANATEE TO SARASOTA COUNTY
MANATEE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR TRAFFIC CONTROL AT HOME DEPOT
SARASOTA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE BLOCKING OFF TRAFFIC EXIT 205