Patrick Thomas Prendergast
Adult Military Honoree
My name is Patrick Thomas Prendergast and I am a former United States Air Force Honor Guard Ceremonial Guardsman currently working for Fleet Feet Tucson as the Retail Experience Manager helping to inspire the runner in everyone in the local Tucson area!
I served with The United States Air Force from Aug 2008 through March 2012. Assigned to Bolling AFB, Washington, DC with The United States Air Force Honor Guard, my primary duties were to perform Military Honor Funerals in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. As a member of The United States Air Force Honor Guard, my main duty was to serve in the capacity of Body Bearer who carried the remains of the fallen and folded the flags to hand off to the next of kin, as well as Technical Instructor teaching new trainees how to perform the duties and responsibilities assigned to the unit. What we did was unique, it was important… It’s something that I know has a lasting impression with everyone who experiences it!
The relationships and memories that were created during my time in are truly invaluable… I was able to meet some of the most amazing people who became mentors shaping me into the man that I am today. Going through such hardship on such a regular basis you learn to really appreciate what you have and not take anything for granted. I think that is truly the mentality that has allowed me to experience such blessings in my professional career post military.
I would not be who I am had it not been for my time served, and I remind myself of that daily! I strive to be a light in people’s lives, one that helps people understand that life is fragile, and we should take each day as a blessing because tomorrow is not guaranteed!