to the Editor.............08/21/2008
Argel-Bastian's world came crashing in three years ago when they
that their son, Derek, an Air Force Special Operations Combat
been KIA while serving in Iraq.
and Debbie of Lompoc,
Calif., will honor their son by remembering his adventurous personality
dedicating a 6,000-mile motorcycle ride in his name. The Capt Derek
Memorial Ride will take the Bastian's across the country and back.
journey will present
opportunities for Debbie to meet with groups along the route and
son and four of Derek's comrades who died with him on Memorial Day,
ultimate goal is to raise $105,000 for the Special Operations Warrior
Foundation (SOWF), a non-profit organization that provides full college
educations to the surviving children of fallen special operations
including Debbie's grandson, Logan.
have been honored to host
Debbie here, Monday the 25th of Aug, and VFW
Post 2657 in Fulton has
made this easy. To
welcome Debbie to Mid
Missouri, they are providing a free lunch @12:30 with donations going
SOWF. The Patriot
Guard will be
attending and you are invited to show your support for this Gold Star
the Patriot Guard.
us in Fulton, or @ Mid America
Harley @ 11:30 for a motorcycle/caravan ride to Fulton.
After lunch, 2:00 we will escort Todd and
Debbie to Mid America Harley for a 3:00 media event where
she’ll talk about her
current mission. You
are welcome to meet
and talk with Debbie and another surprise, Doug Kimme.
and Debbie will also
meet, Doug Kimme, a former Combat Controller who recently lost his son
Iraq. This will be
a grand day and
you’re invited to attend.
salute VFW Post 2657 in
Fulton, Mid America Harley, and our VFW Post 280 for their involvement
honoring our fallen. For
information, go to www.specialops.org
or call me @ 573-446-4840