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Postby mtn_boy1 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 8:10 pm



Was wondering how many of you are PGR? I recently joined and went on my first mission today as we escorted a fallen soldier to his final rest. What a humbling and powerful day! For those who haven't heard of the Patriot Guard, look here www.patriotguard.org. You can also find videos on youtube. Some of the videos show how the PGR protects families of the fallen from the Westboro Baptist Church loonies. Always wishful that not one more American Service Member dies but, in reality, we WILL lose more during this War on Terror. It makes me proud to be one of many people who will do anything I can to honor these heroes and their families.


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Postby wjnfirearms » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:18 am

My kudos to you and the rest of the PGR. I have respected and admired what you guys do. It kills me that there is occasionally a protection aspect to your duties and that there are some that would disrespect a fallen soldier and family like has been done, much less a place of honor like a cemetery. Pisses me off!

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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby pudd750 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:21 am

the terrorists are Cheney and his friends - destroying the U.S. with his fracking, warring for natural resources, anything goes for the psycho capitalists almighty dollars- this threads ominously too political for me

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Postby dingdong » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:42 am

pudd750 wrote:the terrorists are Cheney and his friends - destroying the U.S. with his fracking, warring for natural resources, anything goes for the psycho capitalists almighty dollars- this threads ominously too political for me


Not necessary here. The PGR isn't a political organization. They will ride for anyone no matter what their political persuasion. Keep it nice.
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Postby pudd750 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:27 am

US drones (and soldiers) killing other peoples and their kids and wives is (nice) --they have medals for heros- not all that sign up to kill overseas is, or gets, one- i dont support the war that has gone from country to country to make money for the war mongers
we left the poppy fields in appleganistan alone , because its their livelihood to illegally import heroin into the US -whole things ****

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Postby mtn_boy1 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 9:46 am

Pudd, NOBODY, especially not the Military nor the Veterans, support War. What we do is support each other. I wasn't trying to stir anything up by starting this post. I was very honored to ride with a group of volunteers to pay respect to a fallen Brother and his family yesterday. All I asked was if anyone else on here was a PGR. The PGR also does things like escort and honor Service members and Units as they arrive or depart. The majority of PGR are Veterans, but not all. The majority ride MC, but not all. I want no part of a political discussion on here. You have the right to your opinion. I respect that. I served for 21 years to protect it.
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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby WingAdmin » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:05 pm

I very, very rarely step into discussions as an administrator, but I am going to do so on this one. I have gone out of my way to make sure this site does not sway one way or the other, politically speaking. Discussion of politics polarizes people like no other topic - more so even than tires or oil types.

My opinion here is that the original discussion of the Patriot Guard Riders, a nonpartisan group that simply shows support for the fallen veterans and their families, has nothing to do with Cheney, fracking, politicians war policies, or anything else remotely political. Please stop the political tangent on this thread, or I will do it for you.

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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby highwaybum » Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:02 pm

I also am contemplating joining the PGR.just want to make sure I will be available bfore I make that commitment. Have a great day!

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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby mtn_boy1 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:13 pm

Highwaybum,

Like you, I try not to over-commit myself. One of the biggest reasons I joined PGR was the fact that no one asks, no one pressures, but I was made feel welcome and appreciated whenever I choose to participate. I can do missions, or not, based on what I am comfortable with. There are no meetings, no dues, and no expectations. This works very well for me. I'm not trying to recruit. I only wondered how many on here were members. Check the website, then decide if it's for you or not.

Wingadmin,

I'm sorry. I shouldn't have responded like I did.
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Postby HALBUDD » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:37 pm

Mtn_boy 1 Sir I for one thank you for you efforts as we all know there is no pay its a volunteer. As a former solider I know it shows a grate respect for a fallen solider and his family and friends. And also I understand how you feel thanks again for your selfless acts of kindness. Hal Budd 2nd armor division,Ft Hood Tx 1974 to 1977
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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby highwaybum » Sun Dec 02, 2012 4:47 pm

It's all good.buddy of mine is pgr.gonna talk to him about it.

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Postby maestro319 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:20 pm

My riding buddy got me into the PGR before I even had a bike. I've been going on missions for over 4 years now and after each one I feel extremely HONORED, HUMBLED, and PRIVILEGED to be able to have honored these soldiers this way.. I have done KIA escorts and funerals, welcome home for soldiers returning from wherever overseas, deployments of whole units (these are very hard on me watching those young guys say good-bye to their families and because my son-in-law has been deployed once already and is going back in May). Another humbling and emotionally draining mission is welcoming those WWII vets back from their "Honor Flights" to DC to see the WWII memorial. I never served so this is my way of giving back (for my dad, my cousins, my friends), and politics absolutely does NOT enter into it for me. I was on a graveside flagline last week and I'll bet we were thanked by at least 4 different people (including the Priest) at least 8-10 times for giving this WWII vet the honorable burial he deserved. The families are ALWAYS thankful we are their honoring their loved one. So, I will continue doing the missions as long as I am able. I am not ashamed, but honored to do so. BTW, TAPS always brings a tear so if you are new to this, bring a hankie. :D

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Postby wjnfirearms » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:55 pm

Thank you, WA. I'm glad you stepped in before anyone else had to. It may not have been as diplomatic.

I'm pretty much like you, maestro. When I was old enough to serve, it was at the end of the Viet Nam conflict and it wasn't at the top of anyone's list to do, for the most part. When I decided to do so, I was told that I was too old or because I had a family, I couldn't enlist even in the reserves. It devastated me. I had already decided to serve as a civil servant and re-dedicated myself to expanding that role as time went on by becoming an instructor in various things, getting into counter terrorism and serving along side others like minded in multi-jurisdictional task forces, and more. I did this for over 30 years and did my part as best as I could here at home. I may be doing this again soon as I'm in line for a new position to train police, fire, & disaster managers with a groundbreaking new simulator once funding for my position becomes available. This is bringing me back from retirement gladly.

My father served in the European Theatre and came home with a Purple Heart. My father in law served in the Pacific. My wife is an ex squid and was one of the first women to serve on board ship as part of the Women At Sea program back in '78. I'm so proud of her as of our fathers. My father in law's last wish before he passed was to be buried in his WWII uniform. Thanks to a great Marine recruiter, we did just that when he supplied us a correct color shirt we needed to complete his uniform when we couldn't locate one for him. This is a service family.

I'm going to see how things play out over the winter and if I can find that I can devote some time, I'm likely going to join the PGR myself.

One thing I'd like to see happen is for the PGR to expand to more honoring of those that have made the ultimate sacrifice here at home, such as police and fire line of duty deaths and more. I've seen them at some and there was a presence when my three brother Pittsburgh officers were murdered back in 2009. That was great to see. I've respected these guys since I first knew of their existence. It would be an honor to be among them.
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Postby wjnfirearms » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:01 pm

Taps I can handle. Amazing Grace on the pipes, not so much.
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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby maestro319 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:10 am

Oh Geez. Amazing Grace gets me every time. The PGR in the Chicago has also served for some Police and Fire personell killed in the line of duty.

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Postby Possum51 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 7:29 am

I've been a PGR member sense 2006 in both FL and GA. I am proud to honor those that do and have served. The PGR is a great organization and people.
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Postby seabeechief » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:11 pm

Few things are as solemn, and at the same time as satisfying, as honoring one who has served his or her country. The Patriot Guard Riders do just that; HONOR the service member for their service. I will continue to do so as long as I am able. And the ones who have served do so knowing that they provide a blanket of security to all, even those that question the manner in which it was provided. To those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the rest will never know.

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Postby vtxcandyred » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:19 am

I've been a member of PGR almost since its inception. I rarely go on missions. My work dictates my hours. After I retire I will be SEEN all around the missions. USS Roosevelt CVA-42 1971-73. VF-84.

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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby emt613 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:02 pm

Have not been on too many missions, but every one of them has been worth the effort and time.

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Postby mtn_boy1 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:04 pm

Going to Raleigh-Durham Airport tonight to stand a flagline for a fallen SFC at 9:00. Although we won't be escorting him and his family to Fayetteville, they will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Postby mtn_boy1 » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:42 pm

Back from RDU. What an amazing family. The father was a 24 year vet of the 82nd and the brother was a Navy Lt. We owe this family so much! Well done good and faithful servant...
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Postby sundayracr » Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:57 pm

wjnfirearms...PGR does, in fact, honor not only active duty and veteran military, but also First Responders as well. As others have noted here, attending funeral missions, standing flag lines and other things we are involved in can be very emotional. For me, I definately get the most emotional when I am approached, as we are at almost all missions, by a family member with tears in their eyes thanking us for honoring their loved one. I just have a hard time putting into words how honored WE are to be there. My credo is simple: "From the day I was born they have had my back..til the day I die I will have theirs."
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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby wjnfirearms » Wed Dec 05, 2012 7:08 pm

"From the day I was born they have had my back..til the day I die I will have theirs."



My friend, those are words to live by.
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Postby bustedwing » Wed Dec 05, 2012 10:17 pm

I too am a proud member of the PGR and also a retired EMT so I have seen flaglines for many reasons and carry dark sunglasses so my tears are not so evident. Wheather kt is homecoming, sendoff, or funeral it all hurts. But the gratitude from family and friends makes it all worthwhile. I love helping people and since I can no longer EMT, this way is nice.
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Re: Patriot Guard Riders

Postby wjnfirearms » Thu Dec 06, 2012 8:37 am

I decided to take the leap and joined.

One thing I have seen though is that the wearing of the back patch is both restricted to a degree and controversial within the group. I sent an e-mail to my state captain and even though the national list states our state is approved, the wearing is restricted to missions only according to his reply. I asked him for clarification as I've seen some on the forum from various places say that they will wear it at their own whim. I've also seen the patch worn here by members and I know they were not on a mission or returning home from one.

I understand why there is concern because of wearing colors, but I also believe that the concerns may be a bit exaggerated. I'm pretty confident that law enforcement knows who the PGR is by now and that they wouldn't be classified like some outlaw club.


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