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, September 6, 2011

Warriors Weekend Update

Good Morning PGR Brothers and Sisters, Biker Groups
See below for Details from Mr. Eric Thomas, Lead Ride Captain, our of Corpus Christi.
Mr. John H and I will be leading a group from Harlingen and meeting up with Mr. Thomas on the way or at the air port.
Our goal is to support our Corpus Christi PGR by participating in both events and PGR supporting our Troops!
Date: Wednesday, 09/07/2011
Time: 12:00,  KSU - 12:30, since we have never been there, best to be early !
Rally Point:  Stripes across from Texas Tourist Bureau in Harlingen (spaghetti bowl)
1826 West Tyler Avenue, Harlingen, TX
(956) 428-5811
It's going to be HOT day, have breakfast and lunch, drink plenty of fluids and be ready to go.
There is a Pancake House next to the stripes, arrive early if you plan to eat lunch before we leave.
We will be going up on Hwy 77 to Robstown and then on Hwy 44 to CC Int'l Airport.
If not starting out with us, possible point to catch up
Raymondville (about 13:00) Stripes, we're not stopping, we're just going by the frontage rd 
Riviera (about 14:00) Stripes, short 10min break
Hgn Stripes, Robstown, <120 miles (refuel)
Robstown to CC Int'l to Kingsville, < 50 miles 
Kingsville to home (refuel)
Thank You for your continued support
God Bless you and your families.
As always, any questions call me.
Headcount so far:
Yes = 7
maybe = 2
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"

"UNITED WE STAND,Divided We Fall"
Let's Make It Happen Fellow RGV/PGR

From: Eric Thomas, Lead Ride Captain []
Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2011 2:01 PM
Subject: Warriors Weekend Event - Wednesday 7 September 2011

Greetings PGRSTX and Coastal Bend Troop Support Members,

We have a new request for a Warriors Weekend Event for Wednesday, 7 September 2011.

This event has two parts: Part 1 is "Welcome" at airport for the Warriors. Part 2 is a bike escort of the Warriors to Kingsville.

EVENT: Warriors Weekend Event "Welcome" and Escort for a fishing trip for the “Heroes Cup Fishing Tournament”

DATE:      Wednesday, 7 September 2011

TIME:      4:00 pm

LOCATION:  Corpus Christi International Airport
DETAILS:  Jonnette Kesterson with Warriors Weekend & VFW Riders, American Legion Post 99, and Kleberg County Parks & Recreation department are coordinating a Warriors Weekend Event for a fishing trip to Baffin Bay for the “Heroes Cup Fishing Tournament”. Approximately 20-25 Warriors from a base in Georgia, probably Ft Benning, will arrive at Corpus Christi International Airport on Wednesday, Sept 7th at 4:30 pm. We will meet them at the airport like we do a "Welcome Home" and then ride an escort with them to American Legion Post 99 in Kingsville. On arrival at the American Legion they, and our escorts, will be treated to dinner. We should arrive at the AL hall by around 6:00 pm and dinner (end of our mission) should be over by around 7:00 pm.

Members are requested to support either part 1, or 2 or both if/as you can. Whatever you can do will be appreciated. Hope to see you all there!

Please try to be at the airport by 4:00 pm.

NOTE: This is NOT a Wounded Warrior Project event. These Warriors are active duty Soldiers.

NOTE 2: If you are planning to participate on the escort ride and join us for dinner at the American Legion in Kingsville, please email me ASAP (no calls please, so I have a record) so I can give a head count to the caterer of the event so they know how much food to prepare. Big flags NOT required due to distance at highway speeds.


We stage at the lower level concourse near the baggage claim area, just inside the doors at the far east end of the terminal.

If you are riding your motorcycles, do NOT park in short term parking. Take the commercial vehicle (taxi, shuttle bus) lane following the third parking exit and park in our designated area, the last parking pull-off area immediately following the third red-brick crosswalk. ONLY park motorcycles between the second and third crosswalks if the primary area is completely full. Be mindful that a FULL STOP is required at each of the three crosswalks. NOTE: There is a gate arm blocking the entrance to the commercial vehicle lane, however there is plenty of clearance room for bikes to go through. If you are on a trike please use the pick-up/drop-off lane to the second or third crosswalk and enter the commercial lane via the crosswalk to our parking area.

If you are driving your vehicle (cage), please park in the short term parking lot and provide your parking stub to the designated Ride Captain who will get it validated. On departure you must return the signed parking ticket to the attendant, sign the registry log, and identify yourself as a PGR member in the signature log.

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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