This is how we roll in the Patriot Guard Riders


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hornadylnl
May 6, 2007, 08:44 AM
We did an escort for a soldier whose body was flown back yesterday. There must have been at least 75 bikes there. We rode about 30 miles from the airport to the funeral home. They were calling for thunderstorms all day and thankfully the Good Lord kept us dry. All along the way, there were hundreds of people standing along side the road to wave their flags and pay their respect.

Just when you think all hope for patriotism and our fine republic is lost, you enounter something like this to remind you that there are still tried and true patriots among us.

This is the line as we waited for the casket to be unloaded.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/186a-1.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/345b.jpg

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/1507.jpg

This guy on the tractor stopped as the procession went by. He had his hat over his heart. When time is precious for a farmer, he still stopped what he was doing to pay his respect.

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NukemJim
May 6, 2007, 08:47 AM
Thank you and the other riders for me please.

NuJkemJim

Titan6
May 6, 2007, 09:10 AM
Bless the Patriot Riders. Those guys are truly a heart rending sight. I was at a funeral a few months ago and they were out.

I looked for the protesters and saw none. Lucky for my career... I do not think I would have had much military bearing left if I had.

1 old 0311
May 6, 2007, 09:18 AM
Thank you!

Rumble
May 6, 2007, 09:52 AM
Thank you. I visited Gettysburg yesterday with my wife, and though I never served, that place is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by those who have. I passed a gentleman from the Patriot Guard, as a matter of fact, who was riding along the tour path on his motorcycle. You guys deserve our thanks.

M2 Carbine
May 6, 2007, 10:16 AM
An indicator of how low and despicable people have become is shown by the need for the Patriot Guard Riders.

An indicator of how good and decent people can be is shown by those who are Patriot Guard Riders.


Thank you Riders.

Ric
May 6, 2007, 10:27 AM
Your good people doing good things for other people.
God Bless
Thank you

12-34hom
May 6, 2007, 10:33 AM
+1

12-34hom.

Notch
May 6, 2007, 10:50 AM
That is a great reminder that there are still some patriots in this crazy land. Please let your group know how much this means to folks like us.

Furncliff
May 6, 2007, 10:59 AM
Thank you.

metallic
May 6, 2007, 01:46 PM
God bless you

Big Daddy K
May 6, 2007, 01:59 PM
Thank you very much.

I'm in our small East Texas town. Awhile back one of ours was killed and the Patriot Guard helped out from DFW all the way to Sulphur Springs. Also with the funeral.

Today another one of our own is headed back to Iraq. At 4:00pm he will be escorted all the way to DFW by bikers.

Thanks again!

homeka45
May 6, 2007, 02:12 PM
Well done.

RKellogg
May 6, 2007, 02:30 PM
Very nice , Thank you .

How can I make the pictures bigger . The picture of the farmer looks like it might be one to put in a frame .

Bobo
May 6, 2007, 02:53 PM
That's great!!!

Thanks for what the Riders do!:D

TCB in TN
May 6, 2007, 03:18 PM
Thanks guys, it is a wonderful gesture.

A few years ago we were on the way to lunch with a big wig from a plant up North. On the way a funeral procession came by and I pulled off the side of the road to wait. The big wig was VERY confused, he asked what we were doing. I had to explain that here we pull over to show respect for those who have passed and their families. He thought it was a great tradition. We owe those who give their lives in service for our country that plus a great deal more. Thanks again.

tuckerdog1
May 6, 2007, 03:47 PM
This is the 1st I've heard of the Patriot Guard. So sad there is need for you, but bravo for filling that need.

God Bless you all,

Tuckerdog1

Brian Williams
May 6, 2007, 04:01 PM
Thank you very much
SemperFi
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Sig245
May 6, 2007, 04:46 PM
Yep, thanks for participating in the Patriot Guards. I just joined up in Oregon and have not done my first ride yet, nor do I have the ID patch.

Its a great cause and I am looking forward to helping out.

Caimlas
May 6, 2007, 05:03 PM
When Civil War II starts, the first clashes will probably be between bikers like this, and dirty hippies waving Bibles or Che flags crying out for peace of to kill all the fags. This is said as a joke, but reality is a strange mistress and it very well may come to pass...

The Patriot Guard Riders is a wonderfully conceived group, and I'm glad they're around.

10 Ring Tao
May 6, 2007, 05:26 PM
Cool post, but how about some pics that aren't thumbnail sized?

marksman13
May 6, 2007, 06:08 PM
Thanks for everything y'all do for us. I'm sure Oleg could do something great with the tractor pic.

hornadylnl
May 6, 2007, 06:25 PM
I'm trying to post these pictures bigger. Hopefully it works. I did not take these, it was a fellow member on the back of a Harley so that will explain the bluriness and uncentered frames of some of the pictures. I won't post the name of the photographer out of respect for anonymity. http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/100_3102.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/100_3085.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/100_3071.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/100_3062.jpg

I'll post more in another reply.

hornadylnl
May 6, 2007, 06:36 PM
Someone posted on the Patriot Guard forums that this charter company flies the bodies of our servicemen free of charge. I don't know how to verify if that is true or not. If you are ever in the position to use an air charter service, please keep these guys in mind.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/100_3042.jpg
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p201/djpullen/100_3036.jpg

If any of you are interested in joining the Patriot Guard Riders, it is absolutely free. You don't have to buy anything, you don't have to be a vet and you don't have to own or ride a motorcycle. We have members who drive their cars and trucks that are called support vehicles. They provide a valuable service to those riding and they hold a flag on the line just as well as the rest of us. I've met many wonderful people through this wonderful organization. Fortunately, I've never been to a funeral where the protesters have showed up. These guys are out there on their bikes even when the snow is flying to show their respect. You aren't obligated to go on missions when they come up. The way we do things is that if you can make a mission, please do so. We all know that everyone has work, families, etc. that require your time. We always manage to get a good turnout because different people are available for different missions.

If you are interested in joining, please visit the Patriot Guard website and read the mission statement on the home page. Their is a link right on the top of the page to join. Here is the website. http://www.patriotguard.org/Home/tabid/53/Default.aspx

koja48
May 6, 2007, 07:03 PM
God Bless America, those serving, AND you folks. The devil can take the
rest . . .

Dean C
May 6, 2007, 07:16 PM
It is difficult to type through tears of pride.
Thank you hornadylnl and the Patriot Guard Riders.
dean

marksman13
May 6, 2007, 07:20 PM
Dean C, I know the feeling, brother. More like him are needed.

hornadylnl
May 6, 2007, 07:49 PM
We also do rides for sending off soldiers, welcoming them home, for fellow Patriot Guard members who pass, and veterans of other wars. The way it works is this. When news of a soldier killed comes, a ride captain for the area will contact the family and ask if our presence is wanted. We absolutely respect the wishes of the family. Some families want a private service without all the attention. We had one family that requested no pictures be taken of them or the graveside service and their request was honored.

We are very conscious of not taking the spotlight of the event. You all know how the media works. We keep the focus on the servicemen and women we are there to honor.

The welcome home rides are the best but can be very heartwrenching at the same time. We escorted a Marine reserve unit from the airport to their unit. We got to watch them get off their busses and be welcomed home by their loved ones. We all stood to the rear and watched. One soldier from the unit was killed and we all saw his father stand back there with us watching his son's brothers and sisters get off those buses knowing that his son wasn't going to be one of them.

There is no need to thank us. This is our way of saying thanks to those who serve our great country and to pay our respect to the families of the fallen.

K5mitch
May 6, 2007, 08:06 PM
hornadylnl:

You aren't in KS are you? I was monitoring the local VHF RACES net and some ham checked in who was riding with some guard today.

MudPuppy
May 6, 2007, 08:09 PM
You may not need the thanks, but that's awe inspiring sight.

Our soldiers deserve our gratitude and respect, indeed, but you guys are ponying up in the actions speak louder than words department.

(I just shared this with my children...the boys shouted AWESOME at the same time when I explained the purpose.)

Nomad, 2nd
May 6, 2007, 08:20 PM
There are tears in my eyes right now.

hornadylnl
May 6, 2007, 08:24 PM
No, I'm not in Kansas. The Patriot Guard is nation wide. I prefer not to give out my location on these forums. Call me paranoid if you will. I'd love to credit the photographer for the pictures but I don't want to be the reason for some crazy out there doing something to him.

K5mitch
May 6, 2007, 08:36 PM
I realize the guard is nation-wide. I don't live in a cave ;)


We had some nasty storms roll through this area, so I was just curious.

hornadylnl
May 6, 2007, 08:42 PM
Sorry, my post wasn't intended to sound condescending if that is how you took it. My thoughts and prayers for your fellow Kansans.

Blue4
May 6, 2007, 08:48 PM
Well done! Thanks, Vietnam Veteran.

hankpac
May 6, 2007, 08:54 PM
You guys helped in Burns Oregon this week.Thanks.
I had to leave since I was on the road, and passing through, I stopped at 9 am, but the funeral wasn't till 3 pm. Sorry I had to get on the road, so we just payed our respects and moved on. Glad the Governor made it, but don't know if any protestors were there.
Just a thought about the protestors: park your bikes up near them, and rev and rev your engines, blowing dirt and dust and noise at them. Can't touch them, but that should take care of their crap.

10 Ring Tao
May 7, 2007, 01:23 AM
Wow, that picture of the farmer is powerful. I'm sure great things could be done with it if the original hi-res could be posted.

TonyB
May 7, 2007, 10:10 AM
My Parents were always bikers..when My mother died in 1994,all of thier biker friends rode as an escort w/ the funeral procession..it was very moving.
My Father is Military,how can I find local chapters of the Patriot Riders?When the time comes(not for a while I'm sure)I'd like to have them at his cerimony.

gfd_703
May 7, 2007, 11:12 AM
Glad to see anothe PGR member hornadylnl. Lets see if we can get the rest of the PGR members to chime in. I know there are a lot of good people here, this place is not called The High Road for no reason.
To anyone that wants to know more on the PGR just go to the web site and look around you will be suprised at the way all walks of life come together to support the soldiers and their families.
God bless our soldiers.

SkiLune
May 7, 2007, 11:33 AM
Thank you Freedom Riders for helping to maintain the dignity our fallen deserve. Keep up the great work. God bless you.

Outlaw Man
May 7, 2007, 11:57 AM
Thank you guys. I have family in the military and I know if they were killed and some people were protesting at their funeral I'd probably end up in jail before the day was over.

No one should disrespect ANY funeral service, but especially not one of someone who gave his/her life for this country. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.:barf:

Y'all really do provide a great service. Keep it up! I should join, myself.

hornadylnl
May 7, 2007, 12:28 PM
TonyB,

You can get in contact with your state Patriot Guard Riders by becoming a member at http://www.patriotguard.org/ and logging on the Patriot Guard forums at http://www.patriotguard.org/ALLForums/tabid/61/Default.aspx. Scroll down until you find your state and post in that state's general thread. I'm sure someone will quickly respond and put you in touch with your state captain or a ride captain. You will meet some incredible people.

Tin Gizel
May 7, 2007, 12:41 PM
Another fellow PGR member here....

Wanted to say thanks for posting the pics and being there for the fallen soldier.

gudoldboy
May 7, 2007, 05:26 PM
I have been a member of the PGR since FEB 2006. It is a wonderful group of people. We had a total of 4 missions last week. Needless to say it was very tough emotionally...
I also went to an Airshow yesterday with my girls. I had on a PGR T-shirt. I didnt even think about when I put it on. Its on of my favorites;) We all went through a line to get autographs from the Golden Knights and one of them looked at me and asked if I was a member. I said yes. He grabbed my hand and with some kind of clear fluid in his eye he said thank you. Why in the world is he thanking me?? I grabbed his arm and told him no I need to thank you! The same thing happened later when the girls were talking to a few Seal Team members. I have never felt so humbled in my life.
If anyone here really wants to do something join us! It is a feeling you will never forget. Standing in the flag line watching a family walk by you WILL get tears in your eyes. There is a reason we all wear dark sunglasses no matter the weather.

Eleven Mike
May 7, 2007, 05:44 PM
Someone's comment about hippies with Che t-shirts made me curious whether such people have protested at funerals of Iraq/Afghan vets. Is WBC the only force of evil that PGR encounters, or are there other anti-war groups that also protest at funerals?

How can non-bikers participate in the PGR?

pete f
May 7, 2007, 07:09 PM
Some time ago there was a story about a indian tribe in the Dakotas that has a history of sending men to the marines, and how they buried their lost soldiers. I find tributes like this heart rending

hornadylnl
May 7, 2007, 07:10 PM
Without a bike, you won't be able to participate in escorts but people in cars (commonly refered to as cages in the biker circle) can go to funerals or welcome home missions and hold a flag just like any guy on a bike can. We do have people who don't have motorcycles and still come to events. Whenever there is a big group on the way to a mission, it is always nice to have a vehicle follow behind in case someone were to break down. We have guys who have big support vehicle decals on their vehicles when they follow us. I don't know if they are magnets that they stick on for the event or what. Usually someone in a vehicle will carry the flags to the places where they are needed. Anyone who wants to join is welcome, regardless of whether you are a vet or not or whether you ride or not. Join on the website and become involved on your states forum. If any help is needed, they will stear you in the right direction.

Strings
May 7, 2007, 07:11 PM
Well, I've joined. And the rest of my Chapter will probably be following along with me...

doncameron
May 7, 2007, 07:51 PM
I just joined and volunteered!
I don't ride but I got a truck.

Bob F.
May 7, 2007, 09:22 PM
Thanks very much to the troops and to the PGR!

Sorry, but my danged computer screen keeps getting blurry!

Winter Borne
May 8, 2007, 09:55 AM
My friend Doug and I just joined the Patriot Guard.

mk

gfd_703
May 8, 2007, 05:01 PM
Welcome to the new members, we are proud to have you.
I pray you never have to make a mission.

Member at Large
Red Knights M/C

44AMP
May 8, 2007, 09:56 PM
Is in Iraq this day, by his choice.

When he returns with his shield, or on it....bring him home to me.

One gains honor and respect by giving it where it is due. You give much, and by the giving we are all enriched. Thank you.

hornadylnl
May 8, 2007, 10:25 PM
44, we would be honored. We all pray that we will be able to escort him to your open arms for a big welcome home bear hug.

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