Good Afternoon All,
The following was copied from Facebook and I’ve chosen to share it with you. In my opinion, this is precisely what being a Patriot Guard Rider really means. Without YOU, our members, we would not be able to do what we do:
This is the backbone of the Patriot Guard Riders, our members. They are not Ride Captains, Senior Ride Captains, Assistant State Captains, or State Captains.
They are men and women, young and old who are willing give a few hours out of their day, day in and day out to stand a tall and silent Flag Line in honor of a Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, Marine, Coast Guardsman, Police Officer, Firefighter, or member of the Emergency Medical Services who has passed on from this life.
Our members are Black, White, Asian, Hispanic and nearly every other Nationality. They are Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, and Conservatives. They ride Harley Davidsons, Hondas, Suzukis, Yamahas, BMW’s. They drive cars and some drive trucks. I’ve even seen some show up on a bicycle.
Simply put, they are Patriots willing to stand in the rain, sleet, snow, or hail. They are willing to stand in heat as well as the cold. They pay their own expenses, take time away from their families and duties to honor those who deserve it most.
On occasion, they are the “family” of a Veteran or First Responder who has no family of his or her own. Sometimes they act as pallbearers when none are available. What they do they do as an act of selfless Patriotism and a love of country. They set aside political differences. There is no such thing as race, creed, or religion. They gather as one, to perform a simple task that has a profound effect on the families of our fallen.
For some, being a Patriot Guard Rider has helped them heal some of the unseen wounds caused by war. They embrace the brotherhood and camaraderie that comes along with being a Patriot Guard Rider. For others, it’s a way of giving back to those who gave so much.
Friendships are forged, tears are shed, and they walk away knowing they have done the right thing, knowing that what we do is the least that we can do as Americans. God Bless each of you, your dedication and willingness to do the right thing has touched the lives of families from California to New York, from Hawaii to Texas. Never doubt that what you’re doing is important. I can assure you that those families will never forget what you did for their loved one.
West Virginia Patriot Guard
U.S. Coast Guard 1969-1980