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I know that at least a few of you guys are Patriot Guard riders, but I was just wondering what is it? Are you military guys with bikes or something like that? Is it an open group type of thing? and last do you operate in NY? Thanks for anyones help!
 

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The Patriot Guard has ride organizers all across the U.S., and NY/NJ is one of the largest groups.

Some of us are Military (retired, and some still active), and some (like me) never got the chance to serve.
So I serve my country this way, by showing respect to those that gave everything for me, and all my countrymen.
I've even been on missions in my cage, since I had to sell my bikes. It's all about showing up, and showing appreciation and respect.

It is a group that is open to all riders who wish to honor our country's fallen heros.
You would be welcome.
 

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I have respect for the Patriot Riders and have spoken to some of the members. Their mission has evolved into one of high caliber though I have some reservations about the manner in which the group was originally formed.
 

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There is gentleman that posts on this site, by the name of Kevin. His avitar is cycledude. He is a Patriot Guard. We could ask him to fill us in on the details.

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Rich Lockyer is also a Patriot Guard Rider.
 

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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 their 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.

Thanks to all our PGR riders and cagers! It is indeed an honorable mission to demonstrate the honor due our military, firefighters and police officers.
 

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I serve my country this way, by showing respect to those that gave everything for me, and all my countrymen.
Thanks Tod, I've got all that much more respect for those that don't have the "background" of service and yet choose to honor us. By honoring our brothers and sisters in arms and our public servants, you honor us all. Thank You!
 

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I have respect for the Patriot Riders and have spoken to some of the members. Their mission has evolved into one of high caliber though I have some reservations about the manner in which the group was originally formed.
Surprisingly, many members have issues with what the group has become and wish it would get back to it's roots.
Many other organizations provide the services that some PGR regions are adding to their lists of rides. In addition, they are now beginning to provide escorts for LEO/FF, whether vets or not.

The primary mission WAS to shield the families from having to see and hear the Phelps protesters. Still is in many states.

I enjoy a send-off or welcome-home mission as much as anybody, and they are certainly preferable to a memorial service, BUT, when a "fun ride" (as I call them) is scheduled for the same day as a memorial, IMHO, all resources should be directed to the memorial.
 

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Surprisingly, many members have issues with what the group has become and wish it would get back to it's roots.
Many other organizations provide the services that some PGR regions are adding to their lists of rides. In addition, they are now beginning to provide escorts for LEO/FF, whether vets or not.

The primary mission WAS to shield the families from having to see and hear the Phelps protesters. Still is in many states.

I enjoy a send-off or welcome-home mission as much as anybody, and they are certainly preferable to a memorial service, BUT, when a "fun ride" (as I call them) is scheduled for the same day as a memorial, IMHO, all resources should be directed to the memorial.

I agree with you 100% Rich. A lot of the emails I get are for "fun days" or "meet and greets". Which I have no problem with, just not the original mission of the Patriot Guard. I guess you can look at it as good that most of the emails are for "fun days", that means less heros are being taken from us.

I don't know if any of you are following the controversy over the movie "Redacted" about some atrocities that occured in Iraq by US soldiers. I would love to have the Patriot Guard involved in standing out front of the theaters with our flags. Especially as it so greatly impacts our troops. But it is not what the Patriot Guard was/is for.

I guess I would encourage any Patriot Guards or any other US Citizen to do what I just stated, but I don't want the Patriot Guard taking up the cause.

just my ramblings,

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I agree with you 100% Rich. A lot of the emails I get are for "fun days" or "meet and greets". Which I have no problem with, just not the original mission of the Patriot Guard. I guess you can look at it as good that most of the emails are for "fun days", that means less heros are being taken from us.
Ya.... SoCal got hammered pretty hard last year. I participated in about 15 missions from July '06 to this last spring.

Sadly, we still get some, but they are typically weekdays when I can't attend, but the missions have now become "few enough" that we are now running most missions as 2 or 3 day events.... escort the remains from the airport/base to the funeral home, then the memorial itself, and if the family has a private service or if there is to be another move of the remains, we will often work that in as well.
They have been doing this for about 6 months, maybe a bit longer, and though I did participate in one escort from MARB to the funeral home, it was 100% for support for the families and not the original mission. Geez... it's hard enough with flight schedules and security for even the families and the PGR to know exactly when the remains will be delivered... there's no way we are ever going to see the UG's on those missions.


Again, as long as it does not draw resources from the primary mission, I don't have a problem with these escorts, or the fun rides, or parades, or whatever.... everyone needs some time to "chill" with the people that they work with on something as emotional as this.

LEO/FF... and even fallen PGR members, I have more of a problem with unless they are also vets. California has not expanded to include these as "missions", and in fact, when the 5 firefighters were killed during the Esperanza fire, the UGs announced their intention to show up (and they did).
The PGR did not participate for several reasons given:
1 - Firefighters are not a part of the primary mission
2 - The PGR is not a counter-protest group
(the same 2 reasons were given when the PGR refused to even attempt to make contact with the parents of the Amish children killed in the schoolhouse)
And specific to that event:
3 - The location allocated to the protesters would preclude the PGR from being an effective shield to the families and attendees (they were staged at the freeway exits and at the entrance to the facility on public roads)
4 - The size and layout of the venue would preclude the protesters from causing a disturbance or even being visible to the attendees during the service itself.

The event was held at the Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavillion... same location that hosts Ozzfest every year.
 

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i cant see where any part of this is wrong. i just joined . havent been on a ride yet but will serve in whatever capacity i can.
 

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Surprisingly, many members have issues with what the group has become and wish it would get back to it's roots.
Many other organizations provide the services that some PGR regions are adding to their lists of rides. In addition, they are now beginning to provide escorts for LEO/FF, whether vets or not.

The primary mission WAS to shield the families from having to see and hear the Phelps protesters. Still is in many states.

I enjoy a send-off or welcome-home mission as much as anybody, and they are certainly preferable to a memorial service, BUT, when a "fun ride" (as I call them) is scheduled for the same day as a memorial, IMHO, all resources should be directed to the memorial.
I got caught up in the politics of what National was doing and backed away because I didn't like some of the decisions they made. I should have just ignored National and kept going becayse the PGR I rode with here in Texas pretty much does that.
 

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How so? Do you have an issue with the original mission? :confused:
I have respect for the Patriot Riders and have spoken to some of the members. Their mission has evolved into one of high caliber though I have some reservations about the manner in which the group was originally formed.
 

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I joined PGR 3 weeks ago. I've already been on 1 mission and it turn out to be a very emotional experience for me. I have also met some of the best people around. To be a member you don't have to have anything but respect for our troops and honor their sacrifice for our country.
I'm there for the troops and their families and I will protect them from the "Uninvited Guests". It's something I can do for the soldiers I left behind.

I agree with everything Rich has stated above, you said it quite well my friend.

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Late to the thread.....

I joined PGR in January, but like Rich said, most missions are on weekdays when my job precludes me from participating. I did make one mission, which was for the wife of a fallen vet - the children of whom were PGR members. Not too many M&G. Mostly memorials here.

I never served in the military, but my father did. I've posted many times about his passing. He had the whole enchilada, flag folding, rifle salute, and a bugalist playing taps. It was very emotional. Her earned that for his service.

This is my way of giving back.

The point is not what you ride or if you ride at all. It's about respect for our heros, and protecting their families from the WBC.
 

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I've been a member since last year and it's quite the experience. Though, I've decided when the next mission arrives in my area, I plan to stand next to the protesting morons while carrying my American flag along with a few signs that read "God hates the Phelps family" and "These people are idiots" with an arrow pointing towards them, amongst other insulting signs for them.
 

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I agree with you 100% Rich. A lot of the emails I get are for "fun days" or "meet and greets".
Interesting....there must be some significant regional differences. I have been a member since '05 and in WA the M&G's are few and far between.
Every organization reflects their leadership, our WA state captain is very serious about honoring our heros, therefore it follows that the entire WA PGR structure would reflect that same seriousness about our mission.
 

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Joining the PGR is something I've wanted to do. Thanks CycleDude for the link to their website. I will join this evening after I get home. I spent more than 30 active duty Navy and have a son and nephew still serving. I know the PGR has had a positive impact on the families of our fallen Soldiers.
 

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Late to the thread.....

I joined PGR in January, but like Rich said, most missions are on weekdays when my job precludes me from participating. I did make one mission, which was for the wife of a fallen vet - the children of whom were PGR members. Not too many M&G. Mostly memorials here.

I never served in the military, but my father did. I've posted many times about his passing. He had the whole enchilada, flag folding, rifle salute, and a bugalist playing taps. It was very emotional. Her earned that for his service.

This is my way of giving back.

The point is not what you ride or if you ride at all. It's about respect for our heros, and protecting their families from the WBC.
Thank's for the information guys. I joined right away. All the men in my family served, and my father received a purple heart while serving in Korea. I was the only one that went to college instead of the service, and I feel this is a nice way for me to say thank you to them.

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