Yesterday I got an email from the Media Research Center about the Patriot Guard Riders. I have joined this great group. The Patriot Guard Riders are a nationwide group of patriotic riders (mostly bikers) who's 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:
- Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
- Shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors (this is accomplished through strictly legal and non-violent means).
This morning was the PGR's first Utah Mission Ride. This Mission Ride was to honor Staff Sgt. Gregson Gourley. We met this morning from 9:15-9:45 A.M. near the Union Fort Stake Center in Midvale, UT. Then we went to the stake center and lined up in front. I don't have a bike so I parked my car down the street and stood out front with the other PGR members. The viewing was at 10:00 and the funeral was at 11:00. After the funeral we helped the Midvale Police Department escort the hearse and the hero's family to the interment at Veterans Memorial Park in Riverton. The Midvale Police department led the escort and we followed. There was 32 riders in all - 30 on bikes followed by Craig Larsen (the PGR Utah State Captain; he is also involved with the Southeast Utah Chapter of B.A.C.A.) in his Tahoe and me in my Ford Taurus. At the interment I held up an American flag and stood with the other riders to show our support.
There were no protestors at the stake center or at Veterans Memorial Park. Hopefully there will not be another PGR Mission Ride in Utah, but if there is I will be there. For more information about the Patriot Guard Riders, please visit their website.
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