Patriot Guard Riders, a loosely-held group of motorcycle riders who gather when requested by the family of a fallen U.S. Military service member to stand in their honor out of respect. Although many members of the Patriot Guard are retired and active duty U.S. Military, many such as myself, were not able to serve this country in the military, but choose to ride and stand out of respect for the service and sacrifice of the men and women of our military and their families. Some PGR do not ride motorcycles, either, however they are just as active as any other PGR member.
There is no "membership". No roll call. No dues, and no official "oath" or "code". The Patriot Guard is not a motorcycle club. The PGR, however, has National and State leadership and an annual Gathering of the Guard. This year, the Gathering of the Guard will be hosted by the CenTex PGR, in Killeen, TX.
|Lady Thunder and I in a PGR escort. Photo by @MarineMajor|
|Standing for a veteran. Photo by @MarineMajor|
We come. We stand. We go. It's such a small sacrifice of time. We're simply honored to be there.
P.S. The photos in this post were taken by my friend, @MarineMajor. He maintains two excellent blogs; Standing for those who stood for us, and Vietnam from the back seat of a fighter-bomber. The first is a sort of chronicle of PGR missions to which he participates and the second is a chronological publication of his "almost daily diary of the eleven months I (he) spent in Vietnam".