Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Patriot Guard Riders

It seemed more than appropriate to do a piece today relating to those who put their lived on the line every day for our freedoms.  Those who have served served to fight for our rights to vote.  A right that we all head to the polls today to practice.  When you're done voting today, take a moment to real about a group of motorcyclists dedicated to honoring those who lost their lives serving to earn us that right, the Patriot Guard Riders!

The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) is a motorcycle club whose members attend the funerals of US armed forces members, firefighters, and police at the invitation of the deceased’s family. Patriot Guard Riders' representatives state that they are not a chartered motorcycle club, but a group of individuals with an "unwavering respect for those who risk their lives for America’s freedom and security".
The group was formed in 2005, to shelter and protect the deceased's family against protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, who claim that the deaths of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are divine retribution for American tolerance of homosexuality. PGR members position themselves to physically shield the mourners from the presence of the Westboro protesters by blocking the protesters from view with their motorcade, or by having members hold American flags. The group also drowns out the protesters' chants by singing patriotic songs or by revving motorcycle engines.
Patriot Guard Riders
Although initially founded by motorcyclists, the organization is open to anyone, regardless of political affiliation, veteran status, or whether they ride or not. The only prerequisite is "a deep respect for those who serve our country; military, firefighters, or law enforcement". The Patriot Guard was established in Mulvane, Kansas at American Legion Post 136 in 2005.
The group's mission quickly expanded to include the funerals of law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, all first responders, and any active duty member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces from all previous wars and conflicts and is now largely focused on recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of fallen service members as well as their families and loved ones. As of March 2011, PGR reported over 220,000 members. In addition to their attendance at funerals, the group also greets troops returning from overseas at welcome home celebrations, deployment ceremonies, and perform volunteer work for veteran's organizations such as Veterans Homes. The group also assists families in financial difficulties with travel and housing arrangements, and also visits military hospitals to encourage and honor wounded service members of the United States Armed Forces.

Article provided by Wikipedia and may be found HERE in full.

LRS would also like to thank all those who are serving or have ever served in any capacity.  You help every day to ensure that we are free and remain free to live life in any and every way we choose.  Keep up the fight and know that our prayers are with you and yours every day.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the kind words about the PGR. I have been a member for 7 years now and although I am not a veteran I am accepted as a brother because I believe in the mission. These families have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Honoring the fallen is a very small sacrifice for me to help insure a fitting tribute to the Heroes and families without being diturbed by a bunch of hated filled, twisted people. Again, Thanks for your support in our effort.