Even though I haven’t officially been on any missions with the Patriot Guard Riders, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve been accepted into the group. Here’s the PGR mission statement if you are unfamiliar with what they’re all about:
Mission Statement: The Patriot Guard Riders of Washington State are proud to be part of the National Patriot Guard Riders. This web site reflects the local Washington State efforts of the larger national organization for our heroes and their families.
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:
- Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
- 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.
The Washington State Patriot Guard Riders will participate in activities, which honor and show respect for all military members and families of the military members, past and present. This may include financial assistance, for charitable reasons, which these military and veteran military families may need. In addition, organizations, which assist these military and veteran military families, may be included as long as they are 501/c qualifying organizations.
I encourage all military veterans to join their local PGR chapter in their area. It’s a great way to meet other military members and connect with the community. Hopefully I’ll be able to take part in some missions before the riding season comes to an end and I’ll make sure to blog about my experience with them. Stay tuned for more blog entries concerning my adventures with the Patriot Guard Riders.