The Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

Mission Statement:

The Patriot Guard Riders is a 100% volunteer, federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans.

Vision 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, including fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans. 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 protester or group of protesters.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedom 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.

Welcome To The RGVPGR Website

Attention RGVPGR members and friends:

This blog site has been created to help spread the word about the local PGR and the services we provide and to share information regarding upcoming missions, past missions, and other events. Photos and other event descriptions will be posted here unless otherwise requested. Comments and suggestions are welcome. In keeping with the dignified mission of the PGR, please keep all comments respectful and bear in mind that others besides ourselves will be able to view this site. All comments will be moderated before being posted.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Important Message from John and Mr. T. Regarding Uninvited Guests

Uninvited guests are just that, uninvited.  The only appropriate action is to turn our backs on the uninvited guests and shield the family from their presence.
Here are some guidelines from LEO's.   
1. Make sure someone from your group has met with LEO to determine what is allowed and what is not.
2.  Abide by the wishes of LEO.
3.  Do not confront the uninvited guests.
4.  Do your best to ignore their personal taunts.
5.  Do not threaten unvited guests.
6.  Under no circumstances shoud you touch an uninvited guest for any reason.
7.  Be aware of and abide by all local ordinances and laws.  The LEO's may apply any infraction they can, to arrest uninvited guests (i.e. jaywalking, littering, etc.). however they are also forced to apply the same enforcement policies to us as well.
8.  Be aware that the uninvited guests may have photographers and/or videographers.
9.  Needless to say, be sure to cooperate and follow the instructions of any law enforcement officers.  If you disagree with the officer's actions please follow the instructions and when it is appropriate, ask to speak to a supervisor.
10.  Make sure you pass this information on to your riders during your initial ride briefing.  
All other bikers attending funeral at Rio Grande Valley State Veterans cemetery shall  arrive NLT 11:30 AM to beat traffic and have ample parking space at bike parking area.  Funeral escort from Zapata should arrive by 1:00 PM.
Bikers wanting to travel to Zapata with PGR members can meet at the San Benito Harley Davidson by 5:00 AM from there, they will travel to the McAllen Harley Davidson and pick up riders from the Hidalgo area there at approximately 6:00 AM and head to Zapata from there.  

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