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Just Joined The Patriot Guard Riders And Was Curious How To Start Riding On Missions. I Looked Over Their Website And Emailed My State Captain. Anything Else I Need To Do To Get Going? Looking Forward To Being A Part Of This Great Cause. Any Advice For A New Guard Member??? God Bless Our Troops And Their Families!!
 

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That should be enough.
Monitor the confirmed missions section and your state/regional forums, and pray that all your missions are welcome home ones.

Peace,
Johnny
 

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+1000!!!! Welcome to the Patriot Guard Riders. Glad you joined us!
 

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Thank You for standing the line for the troops and their families.

Like everyone has mentioned, watch the web site for upcoming and confirmed missions. They will post all the info you'll need to get to the location. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable foot gear. You'll be standing for awhile.

It's a small price to pay to show a little respect for the sacrifices our military has made for the nation. It's definitley worth the effort, as the family and community are extremely grateful.

If you can find a 3x5 flag and a collapsible pole, bring it with you. There is a company that makes a pole the collapses down to about 18 inches long. They offer it to PGR members for $20 or $25. It fits neatly in a saddlebag or will bungee just about anywhere on your bike. It's much better than using a two piece, break-apart pole normally found in stores. I'd like to tell you the name of the company, but I can't remember it nor can I find it.

Is there anyone who knows what I'm taking about and knows the name of the company?
 

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Welcome to the group. Make as many PGR rides as you can. You need to be versed in group riding, It's not hard, but if you've never done it, it can get dangerous fast. Your Ride captains will tell you not to do anything you un-comfortable with and put less experienced people in the back. Here's a link to the MSF group riding page. If you are not a member of a riding club like Freedom Cruisers or Southern Cruisers or whoever it is in your neighborhood, you could also join up with them and get some practice on fun rides so that nothing goes astray when it really counts.

Past that, it is amazing the smiles and thanks we get showing up and welcoming soldiers home. They know that people at home care about them, but seeing it face to face really drives that home. And at the more somber rides, extra shoulders help carry the load.
 

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Thanks for joining and for thinking that you feel the need to do something for these heros. Too many don't. As was stated already, get a flag and pole and watch your local chapter's website. They should contact you when you have a mission.

After you've been on a mission or two you will learn more about what you need, such as what you need to wear to stay comfortable, water, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. I would suggest if you ever go on a funeral mission to bring sunglasses, even if it is cloudy. You'll understand. You may think you are a big tough guy, but trust me, you're not as tough as you think.

Also, you will probably want to get a black leather vest with the patches that your chapter authorizes (or whatever, there is a big fight about it around the nation), but I would suggest you go on a few missions or so to see what others are wearing. There is certainly no requirement that you wear any certain thing (just wear something, no nudity please).

Again, thanks for doing you part, whatever it may be.

tomslusher
 

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You`ll find that it is a humbling experiance and a honor to ride with the PGR. Something you will never forget. Sign up for the Email notification and they will contact you when you are needed in your general area. You`ll be very glad you joined the group. Great bunch of people!! Like it was said in a earlier post. Lets pray that all our missions are "Welcome Home"
 

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There were quite a few riders that escorted us for up to two hours on our way to our MOB site when this current deployment started.
I don't know who they were, but it was very encouraging and a lot humbling.
I just now looked up the Patriot Guard Riders.
I really appreciate what ya'll do.
I hope that if I end up KIA, that those protesters aren't around my family.
 

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I hope that if I end up KIA, that those protesters aren't around my family.
Dude, keep your head down and come home safely. We appreciate every man and woman that serves to keep us free. No matter what these "we should have never got involved" people cry about. Majority of Americans support our troops!! If they don't, To Hell with them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go live in North Korea, China, or Iran!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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There were quite a few riders that escorted us for up to two hours on our way to our MOB site when this current deployment started.
I don't know who they were, but it was very encouraging and a lot humbling.
I just now looked up the Patriot Guard Riders.
I really appreciate what ya'll do.
I hope that if I end up KIA, that those protesters aren't around my family.
We're here to watch your back on the home front. Families and veterans don't need any harassment from "Kooks & Marxists". Stay safe, watch yourself over there and know that people here "REALLY DO CARE"! It's one way I can give back to the 'Troops' I left behind when I retired.
God forbid if you do come home with an escort, know that your family will never see or here the UG's. (Un-invited Guests or Ughs)

Take care, soldier!

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Welcome aboard Man-O-Fire. There is no greater cause. You will feel it when you ride on a mission. You may want to order an armband from the PGR web site. It will help you feel a part of things, and help other drivers know you are part of the group, so they don't cut you off. They will anyway, jerks,but it helps to have one on.

Also, like Aif said, watch out for those cooks, when ever they come out of the kitchen:mrgreen: He meant kooks, and you won't believe the idiots that will come out to protest at a solders funeral. It can make you mad enough to want to do something, but bite your lip, you don't want to do anything to tarnish the image of the PGR.

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I'm all for free speech.
But it bugs me when people are more interested in exercising their "rights" than caring for their neighbors.
Thanks to all of you in the PGR for the encouragement and support-especially of our families during a very difficult time in their lives.
roger
 

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Welcome aboard man-o-fire I have really enjoyed and been humbaled by what the Patriot Guard does. Just checking the website often for Confirmed MIssions in your area and also your state forum for other info.
 

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I had seen the patriot guard on some of your profiles and wondered what it was. I followed the link on this website and thought the organization was awsome. I joined myself and look forward to participating in future events:-D
 

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Riding with the PGR is the best thing I do on two wheels. It will come naturally if you know how to group ride. Just watch out for fast moving escorts on your sides and stay in your bike path and you'll be fine.
 
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