First PGR Funeral

First PGR Funeral

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    Participated in my first PGR Funeral for a retired Marine and Desert Storm vet. Very humbling.
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    I've not done one yet. When I do I'll be in a cage in the back as I don't have a bike, yet.

    I am expecting to have a hard time keeping it together when I finally join in on a ride.
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    They are indeed a special bunch of folks. They provide a great service and I give them my utmost respect.
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    Its a great group with a great cause. I wish they were closer as I'd love to go on some welcoming homes,send offs and participate in what they do. I've heard the memorials are very touching. I'm glad your showing your support to our troops its the least we can do.

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    I've directed several funerals where they rode in honor of the fallen vet and they do a fantastic job. What they do is unparalleled.
    There's nothing like a funeral to make you feel alive

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    Quote Originally Posted by vietnamvet66 View Post
    They are indeed a special bunch of folks. They provide a great service and I give them my utmost respect.


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    I think I'd lose it if I were to witness what this group of angels do, and the impact they have in honoring the soldiers and their family.
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    Participating in an honor mission with the PGR is truly one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences there is.

    They never get any easier, but they are always very rewarding.

    I've been to quite a few honor missions, and even led one as a ride captain. For me the hardest part is when the family and comrades in arms of the fallen come up to us and thank us for being there. I'm always thinking that I have done nothing compared to the sacrifices they have made.

    Quite a few Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have told me that it really makes a difference to them knowing that people really do care, and that is what it is all about.

    One thing I have noticed locally is that the communities have been turning out more and more to honor our fallen heroes. I had the honor recently of escorting a young soldier home to Sebring, Florida from Orlando International with a dozen other PGR riders (and some awesome law enforcement escorts). As we got to Sebring, we were seeing more and more people out lining the route holding signs and flags. Drivers in the opposite lanes were stopping alongside the road and standung beside their cars By the time we got to the funeral home, the 4 lane road was down to a single lane and thousands of people were out alongside the road. It was an amazing display of support for the family.

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    BTW, for anyone interested in joining the PGR, you don't have to ride a motorcycle to participate. Just go to
    Patriot Guard Riders and sign up. There are PGR activities in every state.

    I've written up a few missions on my riding blog if anyone is interested: Honor Mission Road King Blog
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    I attended a service for a Navy vet friend who passed this winter, and the Patriot Guard Riders escorted my friend with tremendous dignity and respect. It was tough enough to keep a dry eye during the service, but seeing how this fine group honors vets just pushed me over the edge. A few pics to illustrate...
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    I've ridden on a funeral procession,it covered approximately 90 miles thru two counties and there were Sheriff,City,Border Patrol escort vehicles,all along the route school children and the public lined the route to pay their respects.The memorial service was really sobering and tugged at my emotions pretty good
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    Agree, been to several. And it's always humbling, whether it's your 1st or 10th.... been on a couple for officers shot in the line of duty as well.

    We have 4 coming up too, 3 of which were involved in the helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

    I've stood next to some 1%er's in colors, holding a flag right next to me, who were vets .... and had traveled 1000 miles to be there. They get my respect as well at that point. We're all American's honoring those how have served and paid the ultimate price.

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    Participated in my first PGR Funeral for a retired Marine and Desert Storm vet. Very humbling.
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