Please help this family repatriate their loved one. Let's get him home where he belongs.
Today we remember Michael Alleman, who we lost on 2/23/2009.
Michael B. Alleman was 32 years old. He left his career as a school teacher in the Cache Valley to join the Army and had been a soldier for only about a year. He was killed when insurgents attacked his unit about 70 miles north of Baghdad.
Alleman taught 5th grade at Nibley Elementary School in Cache County until 2 years before. That’s when he made the decision to serve his country and joined the Army. He finis...hed his basic training and then was deployed to Iraq.
He said, “The country needs good men to stand up, and I’m willing to do that.” And he left a life of comfort and security and he stepped out, and his wife said, she knows he didn’t die in vain.
While their 2 sons were very young, Amy Alleman says they will always remember their father’s bravery and sacrifice. “My boys will always know their father stood up to defend this county, and that he loves us more than anything.”
RIP Michael. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Today we remember Gregson Gourley, who we lost on 2/22/2006.
Gregson Gourley grew up in South Cottonwood and Sandy attending local schools and graduating from Hillcrest High School.
He served an honorable LDS Mission in the Eastern Pennsylvania Mission. Upon returning, he attended Salt Lake Community College where he completed two associate degrees. He also became a licensed private investigator....
During the initial invasion of Iraq, SSG Gourley served 11 months. His second tour of combat duty in Iraq began on January 22nd.
Greg and several of his comrades were killed in action on February 22, 2006, when a roadside bomb detonated and destroyed their vehicle.
Gourley was the recipient of numerous military awards and citations, including the Meritorious Medal, Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star.
RIP Gregson. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Each year the Patriot Guard Riders stand along the streets of Santa Clara, St. George, Washington City and Hurricane holding their American flags and posters proclaiming our support of Police, Fire and Rescue, Emergency Medical departments.
The PGR has begun a campaign this year and asking our communities listed above, to show their mutual support of these agencies by putting just one blue light bulb in one of your outside lights such as on the end of your home or garage.
Thi...s is an ongoing campaign so you may leave the blue bulbs in for as long as you wish to show your support.
Please do your part to support our local Police, Fire and Rescue, Emergency Personnel by putting a blue bulb in your outside fixtures at your home.
Below is an article ran in the St. George News.
Thank you for your support.
Today we remember Thomas Taylor, who we lost on 2/21/2015.
Thomas Harvey Taylor, 25, passed away on February 21, 2015.
He was born on January 30, 1990 in Tooele, Utah to Suzanne Marie Gallegos and Roger Lee Taylor. Raised in Salem, Utah, he later moved to Baldwin, Kansas where he graduated high school. He had a passion for Biology and was on the path to getting a Doctorate in Biology....
He married Stephanie Kay Barfield on December 25, 2011 in North Carolina.
Thomas’ patriotism and love of his country led him to serve in the US Air Force honorably for 6 years. He served 1 tour overseas.
He was an outdoor enthusiast (who enjoyed traveling the world), animal lover, and loved to kayak. Thomas had a great passion for life. His greatest love was his family.
RIP Thomas. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Today we remember Ihor Balaban, who we lost on 2/19/2015.
LTC Ihor Balaban passed away in Germany February 19, 2015.
Ihor was clearly a true original. He was a person who met the definition of "larger than life." He was both geeky and physically strong. He was loud and smart and funny and goofy, and aggressive from time to time about things he considered important....
He was fiercely proud of his Ukrainian heritage, and made it his mission to make all of those around him aware of the Cold War realities of Soviet domination of his family homeland. At age 13, a full decade before the Soviet opening under Gorbachev, Ihor was already talking about the eventual liberation and independence of Ukraine that would in fact occur more than 15 years later, and he knew he would somehow be involved.
He leaves behind a wife and young son.
RIP Ihor. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
3rd Annual Kimberly-Clark SALUTE Golf Tournament.
The Kimberly-Clark Golf Tournament will be at the Barn Golf Course on 305 W Pleasant View Dr in Ogden on Friday, May 11, 2018. Registration will begin at 6:30 AM and shotgun starts at 8:00 AM. There will also be raffle tickets available at the tournament....
So come out and have some fun and support the PGR of UT while your at it.
Hope to see you there.
**EXTREMELY SHORT NOTICE**
Flag Poles for a Cause
The Patriot Guard Riders have been requested to participate in David Waters’ flag pole installation by Flag Poles for a Cause.
Come on out and show your support of an amazing Veteran and one of our own.
The installation will be at the Waters home at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 19, 2018.
The ride captain for this mission will be Brian Schiele and he can be reached at: 801-530-9569.
Staging: 10:15 AM at Maverik, 5372 S 5600 W, West Valley City.
KSU: 10:45 AM
Weather: Cloudy with an 80% chance of snow showers and a high of 30. Please dress accordingly and keep yourself hydrated.
2018-02-23 thru 25
Carvention IV 2018
The Patriot Guard Riders have once again been invited to participate in the Carvention Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show.
All proceeds from Carvention IV 2018 will benefit the Utah 1033 Foundation which is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Park City, UT. The foundation was established in 2011 to honor Utah’s fallen officers, by providing immediate financial support to their families. In 2013, they introduced their Leadership Awards Scholarship Program for the children of Utah’s active law enforcement officers.
The Carvention IV 2018 Show will be at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Center on 2100 W 11400 S in South Jordan. The times and dates are as follows:
Friday, February 23, 2018
12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:00 AM to 10:-00 PM
Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Carvention is setting up for the show on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. If you wish to have your bike in the show please arrive no later than 8:00 PM.
All participating bikes in the show will have the opportunity to win an award.
Registration is $15.00 for bikes and $25.00 for cars which includes (two) 3 day weekend passes to the show.
Admission for the general public is $10.00 per person. Freedom Friday admission for Veterans and First Responders is $5.00 per person. Discount coupons are available at NAPA Automotive facilities.
Anyone wanting to help “man” the booth but not have your vehicle in the show, or for any other questions, please contact Greg “Hammer” Childs at: 801-580-0436.
Live music will be performed by Hondo John and the D.N.R. Band.
Come on out and get your groove thing on.
Today we remember Darby Black, who we lost on 2/16/2015.
Darby lived many places but called Blanding home, where he had many friends and enjoyed fishing and camping in the outdoors.
He joined the military shortly after his graduation from high school. He spent many of the following years deployed to combat zones in Iraq and Afghanistan as an infantry gunner. He earned a lot of recognition and was awarded the Bronze Star in Afghanistan....
During his return for leave between deployments, Darby married Kimberly Haller and within a few years had fathered two beautiful children. He really embraced and enjoyed being a family man.
During his military career, he was stationed at Scholfield Barracks in Hawaii; Fort Carson, CO; Fort Hood, TX and back to Hawaii.
He made many friends and brothers in the Armed Forces. He was always the life of the party.
RIP Darby. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Today we remember Sheldon Loveless, who we lost on 2/14/2016.
Sheldon James Loveless, 31, passed away at home in St George, UT on February 14.
He was born in Phoenix, AZ December 15, 1984 then moved to Utah at age three. He attended schools in Orem and Spanish Fork. He enjoyed sports, particularly football and baseball....
He joined the Utah National Guard in 2002 where he knew award was based on merit. He was a hard worker and loved his family dearly.
He is survived by his wife Jolena and five kids.
RIP Sheldon. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Today we remember Adam Connor who we lost on 2/14/2011.
US Army SGT Adam Jared Connor, age 30, of Fort Story, Virginia, passed away on February 14, 2011.
Adam was a 1999 Graduate of Sparkman High School, in Tony, Alabama. He attended Auburn University for two years before joining the US Army in 2001. He served with distinction and deployed four times in six years, three tours in support of Iraqi Freedom and one tour to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response....
Adam Connor is the grandson of the late George Welton Connor and Mary L. Connor, longtime residents of Troy Alabama and the late Harold and Lillian Drage of Salt Lake City, Utah.
RIP Adam. You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Today we remember Jeremy Smith who we lost on 2/13/2004.
A native of Spring, Texas, Sgt. Jeremy Russell Smith spent most of his time in the Dallas/Grand Prairie area. Five days before he was scheduled to deploy to Iraq, Jeremy was killed in an automobile accident near Fort Hood, Texas.
Jeremy served with the 961st QM Co., 319th Corps Support Battalion, who was stationed at LSA Anaconda in Balad, Iraq. He was an assigned Light Wheel Vehicle Mechanic with the 172nd Corps Sup...port Group. Jeremy's unit returned home from Iraq in early 2005.
RIP Jeremy - You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!
Today we remember Alison Ramsey, who we lost on 2/12/2014.
Sergeant Alison Blair Ramsey served in Charlie Company, 142nd Military Intelligence at the Utah National Guard Base in Bluffdale, Utah.
RIP Alison - You are NEVER FORGOTTEN!