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.

Friday, March 30, 2012

***SHORT NOTICE Mission 3/31/12 for KIA

Greetings My PGR Brothers and Sisters and Fellow Biker Family,
I am creating this notice from two locations (one email and one from South Texas PGR web site. It is the same mission.)
I am enclosing the entire email I have received so I don't leave anything out.
John Hamlinck, Deputy State Ride Capt. will be riding up on Friday and spending the night in Corpus Christi to be ready for Sat morning's mission. Anyone wanting to go with him, let him know at 956-371-5204 for the times.
Otherwise the plan is to meet up with Corpus Christi PGR in Mathis, see itinerary below: 
Joe Diaz, Asst. Deputy State Ride Capt.

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: J. Eric Thomas <>
To: Charles Rathgeber <>; Charles Rathgeber <>; "Joe Diaz, Asst. Deputy State Ride Capt. RGVPGR" <>
Cc: "Edward Geis, Deputy State Captain" <>; "Butch "Turtle" Cone, Asst. Deputy State Captain" <>
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 7:34 PM
Subject: FW: KIA mission 3/31/'12

Charles & Joe,

Here is the latest info. The actual address is 3499 US Hwy 281, George West, TX 78022, But the location that comes up in Google maps is OFF.

The only way I had Google maps show correctly is by the intersection: U.S. 281 & County Road 306, George West, TX 78022

The Live Oak County Coliseum is at the Live Oak County Fairgrounds and the Fairground entrance is on the south bound side.

From the north: Take I-37 south to US Hwy 281 exit. Take US Hwy 281 south 11.3 miles, Fairgrounds on right.

From the south: Take I-37 north to US Hwy 59 exit. Take US Hwy 59 south to US Hwy 59 Business S to US Hwy 281 north. Take US Hwy 281 north 3.2 miles, Fairgrounds on left.

Note: Main PGRSTX group will rendezvous at truck stop at Hwy359 & IH 37 across from MacDonald’s in Mathis at 07:30 am.

We are trying to muster as many PGR members as possible. Westboro Baptist Church has "threatened" to show up and protest by most of us feel that the likelihood of them actually showing up is slim as best, but you never know

Eric Thomas

Lead Ride Captain
Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas
Mobile: (214) 228-8828
Home:  (361) 444-3883

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

-----Original Message-----
From: Ride Captain
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2012 5:39 PM
Subject: KIA mission 3/31/'12

  Hopefully things are finally lining up for Saturday. The funeral home is planning on bringing the body of Lt. Ray to the coliseum@ 09;00am, therefore we need to move all of  our times ahead 1/2 hr.

  We will only need one escort group to meet up local PD and the hearse. The hearse will exit IH 37 at the Hwy 281 exit at 08:45 and will be expecting to meet escort there. RC for escort will be Bernie Norwood aided by, Tony Maldonado, Tim Waychoff( Pat ) Jim Reaves & Eric Thomas. 

I don't feel there is a need for the escort to arrive any earlier than the rest of us, depending on meet time w/ local which I'm still waiting on a return call. Will advise asap.

Tad Leslie & Jim Cornwell have stepped up to cover support duties.
NEED support vehicle to bring get flags from the American Legion as they might be needed, if available please let me know.

At the coliseum we will stand a flagline outside and down the drive. Just prior to ceremony commencing we will enter the coliseum and stand a flagline inside.
Amended meeting times: 

I will KSU from the Valero at Five points  across Hwy 77 from Wal-Mart NLT 07:00AM; rendezvous at truck stop at Hwy359 & IH 37 at 07:30 across from MacDonald’s in Mathis

Those wanting to travel w/Turtle: Meet him at Portland Wal-Mart at 06:30AM w/ KSU @ 06:45 W/ rendezvous in Mathis 07:30AM

Any questions or comments please call or E-mail (361)960-2883,

Thanx to each and every one,
Ron P.

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