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Old 12-03-2007, 07:29 PM   #1
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Patriot Guard Mission

Some of you may have noticed in my sig, the Patriot Guard Riders logo and my PGR#.
This is what we're about
http://www.patriotguard.org/

and this is the History behind it: http://www.patriotguard.org/AboutUs/...5/Default.aspx

We have another KIA (Killed In Action) soldier coming home this Thursday at the Sugarland Regional Airport, and his Funeral will be this coming Saturday, also in Sugarland. Here is the SE PGR website with info on this Mission: www.setexaspgr.com

And here is the latest write-up for Spc. Benjamin J. Garrison. RIP.
The only change so far, is that he's coming home Thursday (not Monday).
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This is now a confirmed mission.

Services are scheduled for Saturday the 8Th. Spc. Garrison may be coming home on Monday the the 3rd.

The family is welcoming the PGR with open arms. Please make plans to honor this fallen hometown hero who gave all for you and me, he deserves nothing but our best.

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It would be really great if we could get more Sportbike Riders out there on these Missions. So far, I have found just myself to be the only Sportbike rider out there, amongst a sea of HDs and other cruisers and Touring bikes. Also, there is a surprising lack of younger PGR members. I only say surprising, because most of these soldiers are young like many of you. I was told there was one mission, where the soldier's GSXR 750 was sitting in solitude in his parent's garage, and many of us felt it would have been great if there was a younger PGR Rider amongst us, who could have ridden his bike during the Funeral procession, at the lead of the pack.

At least consider it. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.
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Old 12-03-2007, 07:43 PM   #2
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So are ya'll riding this Thursday? I'm sorry I don't fully understand the process, although I seem to understand the mission. I may be able to join Thursday if it's after all my classes.
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Nevermind, after checking out the website I am confused about the mission too
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"And so, this tiny metal deathtrap becomes known as the ultimate form of freedom. Like a steampunk cyborg, man and machine fuse to make a symbol of what you can become when style and speed matter more than safety and efficiency. Is it any wonder that some people just get mad every time they see a motorcycle go by? Because it challenges everything they have, while proving to them that they donít have enough."
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Nevermind, after checking out the website I am confused about the mission too
We are basicly just a group of fellow motorcyclists serving as an Honor Guard for fallen soldier's funerals. Missions are to escort the soldier home from the airport, and to the Funeral and Gravesite. We line up with American Flags as a a symbol of honor, as well as to create a barrier to potential protesters.

The Mission Thursday is to escort the soldier home from the airport. The Mission on Saturday is to escort the family to the church/gravesite, and create a procession, via motorcycles. If you're interested, the best thing now is to join the main site, then PM me for info on the staging times, etc.



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Old 12-03-2007, 08:54 PM   #5
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I'll just post one more vid of the Texas PGR:
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out of curiosity...has there been many protesters? It would be a sad situation for people to protest a fallen soldiers funeral. I know there have been in the past hence the creation of this group.
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Please don't let the PGR site confuse you as details are still being worked out. As of this morning the timelines have not been set in concrete, therefore actual staging times have not been determined. As soon as they have been determined they will be posted.
I personally joined the PGR in June 2006 i believe it was and have not actually witnessed any protestors of the Westboro group. I have been told by one of the ride captains that they did attempt to make an appearance this year. Also, I have not made every 'mission' which was posted but do attempt to attend if at all possible. On a few occasions I was able to attend church or funeral portion of the mission, but not the escort to the cemetary and vice versa.
Any time you can spare makes a difference to the family and friends of our fallen heroes as it shows there are people who care.

Link to photos from most recent mission in Conroe for Spc. Smitherman

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So are ya'll riding this Thursday? I'm sorry I don't fully understand the process, although I seem to understand the mission. I may be able to join Thursday if it's after all my classes.
We ride in solemn tribute.
We stand outside the funeral home and hold American Flags proudly.
Some stand quietly, some salute, some cry, its an amazing thing to participate in and it will really humble you when you see the faces of the family who lost their son / daughter. It is as powerful to them as it is to you when your doing it.
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that video makes my eyes leak heavily.
So many sons and daughters have been lost.
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Dub & Scooter, I'm glad to know you guys are also PGRs. I plan to ride this Saturday, although I can only stay for a portion of it.

If you can make this one, or any other (hopefully not too many), keep a lookout for me... It would be great to meet you guys, and any others that decide to join the PGR.

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Old 12-04-2007, 10:11 AM   #11
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Rob, I do remember seeing your scoot at the mission. I was one of the road guards (old black Victory cruiser) trying to catch up with the constable who was doing 60 on the two lane road to the cemetary. Got to learn to peddle faster!!!!!!
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:22 AM   #12
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I remember seeing you, then. I remember one of you guys whizzing by to get up to the front of the pack. The job you road guards do is highly commendable, and appreciated. It must get tough, especially with the larger turnouts. Thank you!
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Old 12-04-2007, 11:21 AM   #13
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Im also a PGR count me in, just let me know when and where to meet.
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I'm trying to make this one Rob. I can't be there Thursday, but can on Saturday. I'll be rollin' out from Katy/Cypress if anyone wants to tag along.
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I want to do this!

Hey Rob I've been wanting to do this. I usually am tied up with family stuff when it happening but I'd like to give it a shot. I don't have permission from my superior yet but if you'd point me in the right direction I'd like to do this one.

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Hey Rob I've been wanting to do this. I usually am tied up with family stuff when it happening but I'd like to give it a shot. I don't have permission from my superior yet but if you'd point me in the right direction I'd like to do this one.

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That's GREAT, guys! I was starting to wonder.... over 120 views, yet ???

If you check out the setexaspgr site, and click on the mission, it'll have the latest update on the itinerary.

I think we're coming from different corners of Houston (I'm by I-10/610 Memorial), so we may as well just meet up at the staging area.

Jim,
If you haven't signed up yet, you can do so during the staging. You got my #. Give me a call if you have any questions (& I hope you get the OK) You can also sign up on the main site, then go to the se site to register for e-mail notifications.
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Here's the story on Spc. Garrison from the Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...s/5340829.html

PLEASE, if any of you MHers are free that day, it would be great if you can join us to honor this fallen hero.

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Benjamin J. Garrison had wanted to join the military before he graduated from Elsik High School in 2001.

But his parents, Ed and Martha Garrison, encouraged him to concentrate on getting an education first. The military could wait, they said.

So, he followed their advice and studied at Houston Community College. Last year, he gave in to his desire to serve his country and joined the Army.

Before long he'd decided to make the military a career and provide for his high school sweetheart, Carla, whom he married in May, his family said.

When he deployed to Iraq five months later, he told his bride and his family not to worry. He would be safe.

On Tuesday, Spc. Benjamin Garrison, 25, and his buddy, Pvt. Isaac T. Cortes, 26, of the Bronx, N.Y, died in Amerli, Iraq, of wounds suffered when their vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device.

They were assigned to the 1st Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), Fort Drum, N.Y.

After she and her husband returned from a funeral home, Martha Garrison was overcome late Thursday by the reality of having to bury the youngest of their two sons.

"Your kids are not supposed to go before you," Martha Garrison said through tears as she stood outside her home.

Before he went to Iraq, Benjamin Garrison had a plan for his life.

He wanted to move up the ranks and one day become a helicopter pilot.

"He said 'I want to serve my country, use the military's college plan and provide for my family,' " his mother said.

Funeral arrangements are pending.
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I'll be able to attend the escort home ride, but unfortunately not the funeral. I've never done one of these before, so any information that you feel I should know before hand please PM to me. Thanks
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i have been on the fence about this for a while as well, but i think you just convinced me to join up. whatever information your giving out to others would be appreciated. i work offshore so i uasally miss a lot of events and i all ready signed up for toys for tots this saturday but i should be able to go thursday. is that ok? do peopls get upset if you can only make a few each year? any slack over bike brands? and what do you do when the war ends?
silly questions i know, and i sure i already know the answers. pm me or email
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do peopls get upset if you can only make a few each year?
No. You just help out when/where you can.

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No. It's not usually the time to be giving a what someone is riding. If you want to ride the Oscar Meyer weiner, whatever, as long as you're there for support.

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and what do you do when the war ends?
There will always be soldiers of ours stationed around the world. Soldiers are always dying while serving and even after their service. They will always be regarded with respect and honor no matter where/if we are at war. So basically, as long as we have a military, PGR will ride/support/show respect for them.
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