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.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

**John Hertlzer Mission 8/25/11

Hi EveryOne,
I just received this a few minutes ago.
All those who are available, lets support our Corpus Christi PGR brothers and sisters.
See below for details.
Sadly, I will not be able to attend.
My Condolensces go out to the family.
Any questions may be directed to Mr. Eric Thomas.
God Bless, Ride Safe
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
----- Forwarded Message -----
From: J. Eric Thomas <>
To: "John Hamlinck, Asst. Deputy State Captain" <>; Joe Diaz <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 9:52 PM
Subject: FW: URGENT- John Hertzler Mission - Tomorrow Thursday 25 August 2011

Greetings RGVPGR,

  Sorry to send this out so late but I have been swamped today. I thought it might be too short fused to notify you guys, but just heard some of your people were planning to come up so I thought I would send you the details. Interment will follow later after the new Texas Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi opens later this year.

Eric Thomas

Lead Ride Captain
Patriot Guard Riders of S. Texas
Mobile: (361) 444-3883

"Some Live to Ride; Some Ride to Live; I Ride to Honor"

-----Original Message-----
From: Eric Thomas, Lead Ride Captain []
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 4:47 PM
Subject: URGENT- John Hertzler Mission - Tomorrow Thursday 25 August 2011

Greetings Members,

I want to thank everyone for their patience awaiting this notification. It has been a very difficult past couple days with the passing of our dear friend, mentor, shipmate, and former Lead Ride Captain, John “Grumpy” Hertzler.  A memorial service and rosary is scheduled for TOMORROW, Thursday, 25 August 2011at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Flour Bluff.  Rosary is at 4:30pm. Memorial Service is at 5:00pm.

We will stage a Flag line for both these services and will need several support vehicles for the expected large turnout for our PGR colleagues as well as VFW and FRA Shipmates.  If you are available and can participate as support vehicle please contact me ASAP. Your support is sincerely appreciated.

DATE:      Thursday, August 25, 2011

TIME:      Show: 3:30 pm    Set Flag line: 4:00pm    Rosary Service: 4:30    Memorial Service 5:00 pm

LOCATION:  St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church‎
                  2233 Waldron Road
                  Corpus Christi, TX 78418-4634

                  Please arrive at church by 3:30 pm.   

WEATHER: Forecast is for more of the same. VERY HOT. Expected heat index around 105! Please come hydrated and drink water in line.

Ride Captains will monitor lines and rotate members to avoid overheating. Member Safety First! Support Vehicles will have lots of water for our members as well as expected VFW and FRA brothers and sisters that will be there and join our Flag lines. 

Following the Rosary and Memorial there will be a Dinner at the church hall catered by our own Debbie Cooper. ALL PGR members are welcome.

Also, if any of our members have PGR pictures of John the family has requested that you bring them. There will be tables set up in the foyer to place them for display.

Please continue to keep Nelly and the rest of John’s family in your prayers to help them through this difficult time.

Thanks for all you do,

Eric Thomas

Lead Ride Captain
Patriot Guard Riders of S. Texas
Mobile: (361) 444-3883

"Some Live to Ride; Some Ride to Live; I Ride to Honor"

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