This is my dad, Veteran, retired executive, and proud Harley owner. Yes he strikes an uncanny resemblance to George Carlin, and he has his sense of humor too. My dad epitomizes what it means to be a patriot. I am not talking about someone who hangs a flag faithfully outside every 4th of July. He belongs to a group called The Patriot Guard, actually he is the captain of the group for North Carolina. If you were like me you have never heard of these people before. They are a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who ride to honor fallen heroes. They actually do much more than that. Here is their mission statement:
Patriot Guard Riders Mission 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. 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. (Like crazy ass Cindy Sheehan)
To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms 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.
My Dad is a Veteran, he served in the army. We have many family members that have served and are currently serving, including my husband (USCG) and my nephew (USMC). I am extremely proud of my dad as he is proud to once again serve his country. The PGR (Patriot Guard Riders) keeps him very busy riding all over North Carolina and Washington D.C. He sacrifices his time. He hasn't even seen his new granddaughter yet because there are so many people that need him more. It's his way of saying 'thank you' and for 'standing for those who stood for us'.
This was my first Harley ride.