Monday, December 18, 2006

Patriot Guard Ride Today ................

Got up this morning and was checking the email and saw that there was a Patriot Guard mission today for a young Airmen. This was a rather hasty gathering and the organizers only had one day to get the word out. I haven't ridden to a Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) gathering in quite some time and was feeling guilty about that just the other day so I changed my plans for the day and hauled off to points North.

They really did a heck of a job. There were not a whole lot of PGR folks there, 25-30, but the mission organizers had set up a bunch of flags around the Funeral Home and the local Firemen brought a ladder truck which had a huge flag on the ladder. This was extended up over the street and facing the funeral home. Very nice. I'll try to get some pics for you.

It's always a very moving thing for me to be able to show respect and thankfulness for Our Fallen Heros and their Families and I think, the PGR does a wonderful service for those who have sacrificed for us.

If you're not familiar with the Patriot Guard Riders, here's their Mission Statement:

Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America's freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.

We don't care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you're a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you're from or what your income is; you don't even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family.

Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.

1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

2. Shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.

Pretty straight forward and simple.

The people I have met at the missions I have been able to go to are really special. Lots of Harley's and Black Leather. Everyone is friendly, helpful and they are all focused on doing their best for the Families of The Servicemembers. These guys and gals are what I would call - Top Shelf.

I would encourage any and all of you to think about becoming active in the PGR. If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer whatever I can. Either leave me a comment or email me at the address on the profile page.

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