The Patriot Honor Ride will take Col. Gary West from Lubec, Maine to Key West, Fla., on a 60-day journey to raise funds for veterans. On Wednesday, Aug. 17 at noon, Col. West will make a stop at the Battleship New Jersey, our nation’s most decorated and largest battleship. The Battleship will conduct a flag ceremony and Col. West will fold a flag for fallen soldier, Army Staff Sergeant Christopher R. Webb, from New Jersey.
Col Gary West will engage the public aboard the Battleship to fold and fly 16 US flags dedicated to 16 Folds of Honor recipient families from each of the states he is traveling through, as a way to show gratitude for their sacrifice.
Army Staff Sergeant Webb, 28, was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 5th Calvary Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Calvary Division in Fort Hood, TX. He was killed March, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq, when an improvised explosive devise detonated near his vehicle. SSgt Webb’s family resided in New Jersey and his widow is a Folds of Honor Higher Education Scholarship recipient.
Flags will also be folded as a show of honor in numerous historical places and points of interest including:
- The USS Constitution, Ground Zero, Freedom One Tower, Ten House Fire Station
- The State Capitol Buildings in Mass., R.I., and VA.
- Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park, Camden Yards, and Homestead Raceway
- Independence Hall, Ft. McHenry, Ft. Knox, and multiple monuments in the District of Columbia.
- Multiple military installations and monuments
- Civic Groups, schools, organizations
Col. West served in the USAF for 26 years and commanded at the Squadron and Group levels. He led over 130 combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia, during Operations Desert Storm/Southern Watch and Operation Deny Flight/Deliberate Force. Col West served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff and was in the building on Sept. 11, 2001. Gary currently serves as a Pastor at Chapel Springs Church, Bristow, VA
For more information about Patriot Honor Ride or to donate, give by texting dollar amount and #patriotride to 36413 or go to www.patriothonorride.com. All donations will benefit Folds of Honor.