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.

Monday, August 1, 2011

***Information For Escort 8/2/11 - Hon. Homer Salinas (USAF Korea)

As of today Sunday, I have been notified by family of Honorable Homer Salinas, a U.S. Veteran, requesting the PGR to provide funeral escort for Tuesday 08/02/2011, 08:45
PGR’s attending this escort, please arrive NLT 08:45 at
236 South Ohio Avenue,
Mercedes, TX
(956) 565-1175
Funeral Home location:
If you are coming on the Expressway 77 / 83 either from Upper Valley or Lower Valley area, exit on Texas Avenue, go South, under the overpass to Old 83 (2nd Street)
On Old 83 (2nd Street) turn left (East) for 2 blocks to Ohio Avenue
On Ohio Avenue turn right (South), Rudy Garza Funeral Home on left.
(about 1 block before getting to VFW where we used to have our meetings; also before the Mercedes police station)
Depart from funeral home about 09:30 to
322 South Vermont Avenue, Mercedes, TX
(956) 565-1141,
Cemetery –
Highland Memorial Cemetery
Weslaco, TX 78596
Joe & Lorie, Ride Capt.
RGV, South Texas PGR
SP5, US Army 1978 - 1982, Reserve 1982 - 1984
(956) 341-2710
"Land of the Free and Home of the Brave"

Let's Make It Happen Fellow RGV/PGR
Obituary from The Monitor:
Homer Salinas, a former state district judge known as a fair but stern jurist who established a military-style boot camp to give adult offenders a second chance, died early Sunday from kidney complications. He was 78.

Appointed to his judicial seat by former Gov. Mark White in the early 1980s, Salinas was elected to two more terms in the 92nd state District Court before losing his seat in 1996. But Salinas continued to hear cases under an appointment as a visiting judge, where he presided locally and in Corpus Christi over controversial cases that other judges withdrew from or couldn’t fit in their dockets.

Salinas was an authority on criminal cases who was the “complete package” as a judge, said current 92nd state District Judge Ricardo Rodriguez, who counted Salinas as a mentor when he began his legal career.

“From what I saw, he was always fair and impartial, seeking justice for those who went before him and his court, whether it was civil or criminal cases,” Rodriguez said. “He was tough and harsh when he had to be, but at the same time, when he was able to help, he did.”

Born in Mercedes in 1932, Salinas had a wide-ranging career before he became an attorney.

In his youth, he traveled across the South with his parents as a migrant laborer and worked as a shoe shine boy in his hometown of Mercedes, said Robert Salinas, his younger brother. After high school, he joined the Air Force and found a place in a military band that entertained troops throughout the Korean War era.

An accomplished trumpet player, Salinas returned home to serve as a band director and school teacher in La Joya. But with a new interest in the legal profession, Salinas entered law school at the University of Texas at Austin and graduated in 1964.

He served as an assistant district attorney and practiced municipal law in three cities before White appointed him to the judicial seat, one he won outright twice more before he missed a runoff in a three-way race with Edinburg attorney Yolanda Jurado and eventual winner Ed Aparicio.

Robert Salinas, also an attorney, said his older brother was a “strict and stern” judge who was “compassionate when he needed to be.” An eloquent speaker who fired witty responses from the bench at the spur of the moment, Salinas ran a disciplined court, harshly criticizing attorneys who weren’t punctual or asked for unnecessary extensions.

“He believed justice ought to move,” Robert Salinas said, adding that his older brother always promised a fair sentence and a fair trial for those who came before him.

“He used his authority for the good of the people that came before him,” he said. “Unfortunately, a lot of the judiciary is often, ‘You’re sentenced to 20 years.’ He wasn’t a rubber stamp judge.”

That idea led him to advocate for a military-style boot camp at the Homer Salinas Rehabilitation Center in Edinburg that combined counseling, education and discipline to deter first-time offenders from entering the state’s crowded prison system. The program helped the offenders get their GEDs and encouraged many of them to attend college.

But Salinas had passions outside of the courtroom. He continued to play the trumpet, once hosting a charity concert for a Reynosa orphanage. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman who taught his brother how to fly even though he didn’t have an instructor’s license.

A close friend of Salinas, 139th state District Court Judge Bobby Flores said “his fairness was a great quality he had.”

“He treated everybody real fairly,” he said. “He mentored me and a lot of other people who followed in his pattern. He was a guy to emulate.”

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