Confirmed: LCP David Espinoza, Active Duty Marine Corps KIA, Afghanistan () 13 SEP 21

When:
September 13, 2021 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
2021-09-13T08:30:00-05:00
2021-09-13T13:00:00-05:00
Where:
St. Patrick Catholic Church
555 E Del Mar Blvd
Laredo, TX 78041
USA

PLEASE SEE INFORMATION BELOW FOR UPDATED TIMES, MEET UP LOCATION AND STAGING LOCATIONS.

US MARINE CORPS KIA – AFGHANISTAN

The family of Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza, active duty KIA US Marine Corps, requests the presence and participation of the San Antonio Patriot Guard at the services, LEO supported procession, and graveside rendering of military honors of their loved one. We are honored to accept this invitation.

“From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli; We fight our country’s battles In the air, on land and sea; First to fight for right and freedom And to keep our honor clean; We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.” Excerpt from the US Marine Corps Hymn

Lance Corporal David Lee Espinoza gave his life for the protection and betterment of his country, his servicemen and women, as well as those he was sworn to protect and defend on August 26, 2021, in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The tremendous sacrifice will forever be remembered not only by his beloved family but the nation as a whole.  In the words of the late President John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country,” Lance Corporal Espinoza embodied this treasured moment in history and carried it with him throughout his life’s journey.  As a toddler, he always wanted to play with his plastic soldiers, envisioning different scenarios.  No matter how many years have passed since then, he always told everyone that knew him that he was going to become a US Marine.  A dream he pursued into reality when he joined the ranks of the United States Marine Corps in August of 2019, two years ago.  David was born in Laredo, Texas, and raised in Rio Bravo, Texas, his hometown.  Never the outspoken type, he was shy at first, but when you got to know him, you got to know the beautiful, caring, honest, and loyal person he truly was.  He was educated in the United Independent School District, having attended Lyndon B. Johnson High School, graduating in the summer of 2019.  Immediately after graduating, he went off to MCRD in San Diego, California for basic training.  Lance Corporal Espinoza then went to the school of Infantry at Camp Pendleton and most recently, received his orders to Afghanistan for the withdrawal of the US forces after a 20 year-long conflict.  David never once complained about his assignment, rather, took it to heart to give back to those whom he was sent to protect.  He, alongside 12 other servicemen and women, was killed in action, doing what they were trained to do: protect and defend.  Although that fateful day will forever be remembered and forged in our hearts and minds, comfort is taken in the amount of love, support, and encouragement the community, the nation has given to us, his beloved family.

David’s memory will carry on in each and every one of us and we also hope that as the days, weeks, months, and years go by, we too might be of service to our brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends, near and far.  In the words of the late President Ronald Reagan: “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in this world.  Marines don’t have that problem.”  David, you have made a difference in this world.  Until we meet again, may you rest in peace, Semper Fi, Ooh-Rah!!!.

Lance Corporal Espinoza is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather: Genaro Holguin.  Left behind to cherish and honor his memory are his parents:  Elizabeth Holguin and Victor Manuel Dominguez Sr.; siblings: Angel Martin Espinoza, Victor Manuel Dominguez Jr., Delilah Alyssa Dominguez; maternal grandparents: Maria C. (Oswaldo) Damian; aunts and uncles: Antonio Genaro (Melinda) Holguin, Jesus Alberto (Marilyn) Damian, as well as by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

WEATHER: Hi 79 / Lo 73, 40% Chance of Rain, 80% Humidity, Wind: 7 mph ESE

REQUESTOR:  GySgt Habacuc Cornejo, His recruiter/Family Rep

MEETING SPOT: 7:00 am, Monday, September 13, 2021
              Pilot Travel Center
              14555 I-35 South
              Von Ormy, Texas 78073
              https://goo.gl/maps/Dokaoiwr7bDGx1Fz9

KSU:   7:15 am

STAGING:  10:45 am, Monday, September 13, 2021
            Joe Jackson North Funeral Home
            1410 Jacaman Road
            Laredo, Texas 78041
            https://g.page/JJFC-INC?share

BRIEFING:  11:00 am

KSU:  11:30 am

SERVICE:  12:00 pm
             St. Patrick Catholic Church
             555 E. Del Mar Blvd.
             Laredo, Texas 78041
             https://goo.gl/maps/G5PKFZY2ycgHGvRw5

KSU:  1:00 pm (Semper Gumby)

INTERMENT:   2:00 pm
             City of Laredo Cemetery
             3200 N Meadow Ave
             Laredo, Texas 78040
             https://goo.gl/maps/u3rHJvFobamqvePn7

RC #1:  Sam Sanchez
              Laredo Ride Captain

RC #2:  Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
                  bobtxpgr@gmail.com

FC:   Juan “Mr. T” Tarango
          juantarango16@yahoo.com

ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS

1. Iron horses if you can, cages are always welcome and appreciated and unless under special circumstances not allowed in processions. You do not have to have a motorcycle to participate in honoring our veterans.

2. Safety First: Please remember to properly hydrate (including the night before) before any outdoor activity and to dress appropriately. Do not hesitate to take a break at any time if you feel you need to get in the shade or get indoors and always ask for help at any time. Also please do not forget your sun screen.

3. Please remember that our mission is to stand tall and silent, and with honor and. NO TALKING, SMOKING, CHEWING OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS, OR CELL PHONE USE IN THE FLAG LINE!

 ***Safety Notice***
Before volunteering and/or attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders missions we encourage you to review all safety information below.  Included are some potential safety concerns to be aware of, however this does not include the full scope of all potential hazards.  Anyone attending any San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders mission understands that they do so at their own risk. Neither the Patriot Guard Riders Organization nor its representatives are liable for any damages incurred on any PGR mission or event.
Funeral Processions/Escorts

EVERY RIDER IS SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for their own safety at all times while riding in a funeral procession.

At NO TIME are any riders authorized to block any intersection or otherwise block or impede traffic laws in any way.  Only Law Enforcement officials are authorized to block and/or impeded the lawful flow of traffic.

If you choose to fly a flag on your bike you are SOLELY RESPONSIBLE for ensuring it is secured and not a danger to any other rider or traffic.

Warm Regards,
Bob “Pizza Man” Johnson
Deputy State Captain
San Antonio Patriot Guard
Honor, Dignity, Respect
Cell: (562) 413-2223
bobtxpgr@gmail.com