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Fallen Soldier Mission Complete
SPC Forrest J. Waterbury
of Wamego, Kansas
March 21, 23, 24, 2007


Fallen Soldier Mission Completed
In Memory of
US Army SPC Forrest J. Waterbury
Saturday morning 24 March 2007, began 0430 hr for some of the southern Patriot Guard to met and depart for Wamego, Kansas 152 miles away.  Many more early morning staging sites across Kansas were preparing to converged on Wamego, KS to pay tribute and honor Specialist Waterbury's ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.  Patriot Guard came from all over Kansas for the funeral and burial services.  This was a full military honors funeral and gravesite services provided by the US Army Honor Guard from Fort Riley, Kansas.
As we arrived at Stewart Funeral Home Ride Captains Kai Sayson and Larry "Sar Dog" Levindofske and their crew were directing all the arriving Patriot Guard to parking locations.  We stood side by side holding American Flags surrounding the Funeral home.  After the service started the Patriot Guard quietly rolled up the big flags on ten foot poles, lined up the motorcycles without flags, flag truck, and 4 wheel vehicles and Sar Dog lead to the cemetery to set up the avenue of flags to await the arrival of the family and motorcycle honor guard flag escort.   
The lead motorcycle honor guard flying flags escorted the hearse and family vehicles and a second motorcycle honor guard with all flags were next leading the vehicles with the friends of the family to cemetery.  The communities showed their support by lining the route to cemetery, waving flags, placing their hands over their hearts, and saluting as the procession passed.  The gratitude and love for Spc Waterbury and his family showed on the faces of hundreds.  Arriving at cemetery the procession passed through the avenue of flags provided by the Patriot Guard and citizens.
At the gravesite the full military honors were bestowed. The 21-gun salute and Taps echoed across the country side and Spc Forrest J. Waterbury was laid to rest.  Bagpiper Charles Liles played Amazing Grace to end the services.
After the service, the VFW, American Legion and the City of Wamego provided a Chili lunch for all present.
The Patriot Guard sincerely thanks all the law enforcement agencies involved in this mission.  Their efforts to ensure our safe travel were outstanding.  We also thank the generous citizens of Wamego who provided food.  The citizens opened their arms to the Patriot Guard in the same manner that we opened our arms to the Waterbury family.
Thank you Ride Captains Kai and Sar Dog, your well planned leadership made this a safe mission for everyone involved.  I also thank each and every person who supported the Fallen Soldier mission and hope all return home safe.
The Patriot Guard extends a very special "thank you" to CAO Sergeant First Class Gaooegos, US Army Sergeant First Class, the Casualty Assistance Officer who assisted the Waterbury family and was the military liaison who kept the Patriot Guard informed. 
The Patriot Guard extends our gratitude to all the soldiers, who like Spc Forrest Waterbury, guard America's front battle line.  Because of our soldiers, America remains free.  God bless Forrest, his wife, family, Friends and God bless all our soldiers.
25 March 2007