During a recent Patriot Guard Rider Mission at Arlington National Cemetery there was a bit of a mix up and our staging area ended up being the same as the caisson. Horses and motorcycles generally don’t mix well and we usually are not nearby. This chance encounter gave us a chance to meet the horsemen, which was totally unexpected and an honor. These soldiers really are the best of the best and impeccably conduct thousands of missions regardless of the conditions. They shared some stories of their horses, care, white horse teams, black horse teams and the number of cemetery ready horses in the barns and training.
PGR and Caisson Platoon:
Unrelated to the PGR mission, an article in the American Legion magazine shared that due to budget cuts, the soldiers could use new stable gear and received some from Carhartt: “the horse caretakers’ cold weather jackets were getting a bit threadbare and (Leta Carruth) appealed to the Michigan-based Carhartt company, which “happily agreed” to replace the troops’ worn gear with new articles, including jackets, shirts and undershirts.” Also of note is Carhartt offers a 10% military discount through Troop Swap. Kudoes to the American Legion, Leta Carruth and Carhartt for making this happen.
If you’re looking for warm weather clothes or uniforms, Carhartt has decent gear and they’re a family owned business. Please give them consideration.