The Colorado Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to stand in honor for Col. Anthony Giannangeli, USAF, Vietnam KIA, and his wife, Mary Louise Giannangeli, as they are remembered and laid to rest on Friday, 3-Sept. This will be a multi-part mission.
Col. Giannangeli was shot down as part of a crew on an electronics warfare plane on April 2nd, 1972. He was listed as MIA, eventually changed to KIA on Sept 12, 1978. His remains were never found. His wife, Mary Louise, never gave up hope on his possible return up until her passing in the summer of 2020.
The Mission the Colonel was shot down on is the basis for the Gene Hackman/Danny Glover movie "Bat 21"
The Family has asked the PGR to lead the procession from the Church to the Air Force Academy Cemetery with bikes. LEO support for this is pending.
Part 1 - Funeral Service
8:30AM Stage, Divine Redeemer Catholic Church, 927 N. Logan Ave., Colorado Springs
9:00AM Set Flag Line up to start of service at 9:30AM
Part 2 - Procession to AFA Cemetery
*If you wish to participate in the procession, you need to be at the staging/briefing for Part 1
Part 2 (Times are estimated)
10:15AM Stage Bikes/Safety Brief w/ CSPD if they are able to support
10:30AM Service end
10:45AM Prepare to Depart
Part 3 USAFA Cemetery
11:30 AM - Brief for those not at Part 1
11:45AM - Set Flagline at Gravesite (Awaiting Details on site location)
Cages and those who do not wish to participate in the procession will depart the church at the start of the funeral mass and will proceed to the AFA Cemetery. Flags will be transported from the church to the cemetery. DOD Card Holders may use either entrance to the USAFA, all others will need to use the Northgate entrance. Driver's License or other form of valid ID will be required.
'Damnit Jim' Balcerovich and Rich 'Honor Man' Blackaby will serve as Ride Captain's. Rich will bring flags for Part 1 and Part 3.