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Your personal heartfelt thanks in the form of a card and/or letter is so very appreciated by us. Please know it was an honor for the Ohio Patriot Guard Riders to serve you and your loved one during this time.

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22 December 2011  

Dear Bob, Mike and PGR,

Here is a copy of the letter to the editor I sent to the Middletown Journal. Please post any or all of it on your web site.

I can't say how much you all being here meant to Daniel and all of his family. You made a joyous day even better. You are all very special people that do what all of us should do. Show our vets the respect they deserve with dignity and caring. Feel free to use any of the pictures i sent to you in any way to help promote your mission. I will be receiving more pictures from Atrium and the Journal. Any worthy I will forward to you.

Again my deepest appreciation,


Letter to the Editor:

My son SGT.Daniel Scott has arrived safely in Ohio 12/22/2011, after his deployment to Afghanistan. The Patriot Guard Riders along with the Madison Township Sheriff and Fire Departments escorted him from I-75 home. They stopped at Atrium Medical Center where they were greeted by over 100 people cheering and waving flags. The trip from there to home with lights and sirens blaring was a sight to behold. People were coming out of homes and businesses and stopping in the rain to wave, salute and cheer. I heard their arrival long before they reached home. Seeing the cavalcade approach... there are just no words that express what it was like for this mother who spent a year worrying and waiting. Thank you to the Patriot Guard riders for honoring my Daniel with their escort and true caring for him.

To the gentleman that came with numerous American flags to mark the way in the rain and cold, I salute you sir. Mike Hamilton, Bob Woods and Terry Willis,I can never say thank you enough. Atrium Medical Center for arranging the warm welcome that floored him. A special thanks to Michelle Guido, Marketing for Premier Health Partners, for her hard work on such short notice in rallying our "troops" for what became known as THE EVENT. The Ramada Inn that allowed them to stage on their premises and get out of the rain & cold while waiting to depart. Madison Police and Fire for granting them safe passage the entire route and making sure MY hero felt welcomed. Madison Local Schools for their displays on their Marquee and fence welcoming Daniel home, a special thank you to Todd Farler, Township Administrator, for picking up the ball and running with it, it was amazing what he pulled together.

To the men from the Middletown Journal who stood in the cold and rain to see and talk to just one soldier. The citizens of Middletown and Madison Township who pulled over to the side of the road to show my son respect for serving his country. The people that stood in the rain to honor a truely fine young man. The folks that the people in the procession saw calling to others to "come see this". I am grateful to each and every one of you for your thoughtfulness and show of support for one of your own. Last but by in no means least... to my Atrium family in the EVS department and all my coworkers, patients and visitors for coming out enmass to show my son that he was worthy of a heros welcome. A special thanks to Debbie Weidner and my sister Lynda Alspaugh for taking pictures and sending to me so I could experience just a bit of what Daniel received. Words cannot express my gratitude to everyone that made my son feel like the hero he is! It was worth the brush with a nervous breakdown I have had over the past 2 weeks planning all this.

I am so proud to be a part of this community. To be able to say... My community honestly stands up for their troops. It's not like this everywhere. Not all communities value the men and women that sign a blank check up to and including their lives for all of us.

If you know of a soldier coming home notify the Patriot Guard riders. They love being able to honor living soldiers, not just our deceased soldiers & vets. These are very special people who donate their time and pay their own way on each mission they undertake to see a soldier/vet home... weather to hug their family or to their final resting place. The respect shown Daniel, myself and my family was truely humbling.


Very sincerely yours,

A grateful mother


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