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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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Dear Bob Woods, Ride Captain, and our precious Terri Monnin,

I have just now been able to express my deepest appreciation for the honor, abiding respect and admiration that was shown to my Father, Craig E. Hufnale at his viewing and funeral on January 24th, 2007…the coldest day in January.

I can not express in words what it meant to all of our family and friends.  The messages of heartfelt sympathy posted from all the wonderful service people were overwhelming and I want to thank one of the members for taking pictures of the Guard in place at the burial site. They were indeed like guardian angels watching over us at the service with their beautiful American and Military Flags waving honorable in the bitter cold wind.  Twelve brave soldiers including our dearest Terri took their place in two rows and stood tall against the elements thru the entire service…..12 is a significant number as their were twelve Apostles and my Father was buried along side my Mother in the Apostles Garden at the Forest Hills Cemetery.

This Group is without a doubt the most caring and giving group of men and women and associates every known.  The sacrifices they have made and continue to make is why we are the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, the land of the free and the home of the brave…..you are all HEROES in our eyes and we pray every day and night for all our Military people to be held in the Loving Hands of our Dear Lord and Savior.

In Loving Fellowship, Margie & Darrell, and the families of Brian, Kevin, & Carey Lairson and Dale Bartley

PS: Would like you all to know that I am proud to perform a Patriotic Duty of my own.

I am known as the “Flag Lady” in Northridge.  My Husband and I and our family are responsible for maintaining and providing close to 65 to 85 US Flags and one complete set of Military Flags displayed Proudly on the main street in our Community, North Dixie Drive on newly installed Light Poles.

With the help of flyers and newspaper articles I write, our School System, Businesses and VFW and American Legion along with other Community and Civic Organizations donate the money to make this Display possible.  We coordinate the installation and maintenance of the flags while they are displayed from the first Military Holiday in May until they are taken down in October after our Community Parade.

This display has persevered for the past four years and as long as I am able to continue it I will….the Flag Display was the idea of a Mother from our School who had a son serving in Iraq and wanted a way to welcome home her son as well as all of those from our community returning from duty….it was accepted overwhelmingly by our Township Trustee’s and the School and Business communities as well as private donors.

God Bless our Flag and Country always.

Margie Lairson


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