Michelle Mallin died yesterday, after a long and valiant battle with a very rare and serious form of cancer. Michelle, in addition to all of her efforts in support of the Military and First Responders, had been a Colorado PGR member since 2010, now for more than eleven years. Her first Flag Line, for a KIA, was for a 21 year old Marine, Lance Corporal, on November 13, 2010. This Mission had such an impact on her that she co-wrote the following words and poem:
"It was hard for us to be here today, but it would have been harder to keep us away. For when the Gold Star Families call, we stand with honor, pride, and respect. We are the Colorado Patriot Guard".PoemThere is an elderly veteran I do not know.Watching a flag draped coffin carried through the snow.He stands at attention to the sounds of “Amazing Grace.”Anguish for the lost soldier is written on his face.The veteran lowers his head to hide his flowing tears.As another soldier’s family has realized their worst fears.The family gave to our country their only son.In exchange for a plaque, a flag, and the crack of the 21 gun.He died for our freedom, our country he served.Now we stand to honor him, showing the respect he deserved.Some of our members may not have known Michelle, even though she had been a member for so many years. She had a great deal of community involvement. She was a Board Member for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD). She was co-founder and Executive Director of the Honor Bell Foundation for a number of years and, of course, her battle with cancer was very consuming.Whenever someone received a correspondence from Michelle, the salutation read, "In Patriotism". These two words were emblematic of her ongoing commitment and support.