You Don’t Need to Ride a Bike!
Cars & Trucks Always Welcome!
You Don’t Need to Be a Veteran
Everyone is Welcome!
You Only Need Respect
...and a desire to show it
About the PGR
Founded in 2005 to shield families of fallen heroes from those that would disrupt the services of their loved ones, the Patriot Guard Riders has grown to include thousands of members across all 50 states in the US. We are a 100% volunteer 501(c)(3) organization.
As our membership has grown, so has the scope of our mission. We also honor first responders as well as our military veterans. Additionally we have an active Help On The Homefront (HOTH) program, which provides assistance to our veterans and their families.
We commonly get asked “How do I join, and what is required”.
Joining the PGR is pretty simple, click on the Login/Join link in the upper menu, or follow this link and register.
As for requirements, anyone and everyone can join and stand with us. You don’t need to be a veteran, and you don’t need to ride a bike. All you need is respect for our military, veterans, and first responders; and desire to show that respect to them and their families.
"I Support the PGR" Donor Campaign
These are donors that contributed $500 or more to the
"I Support the PGR" campaign
Tanya ODonohueMarch 9, 2020
In memoriam of my Grandfather, Robert Edwin "Ed" Branton; and in Honor of the Arkansas Patriot Guard Riders. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for honoring this wonderful man in such a beautiful manner.
Jeff AanestadFebruary 5, 2020
Read about what you guys do which inspired me
William LaneyDecember 17, 2019
Donation from Glenrock American Legion Riders Post 403
American Legion Riders Creed:
For God, for country, for our freedoms, for those who serve, for those who have served, for POW's and MIA's, for their families and ours, for our community, we… Read more
Donation from Glenrock American Legion Riders Post 403
American Legion Riders Creed:
For God, for country, for our freedoms, for those who serve, for those who have served, for POW's and MIA's, for their families and ours, for our community, we ride for all.
Glen Rock American Legion Riders post #403
4035 Manchester Street, Glen Rock PA. 17327
Jon WickershamNovember 15, 2019
From: Colonial Pipeline Company
"Thank you PGR for STANDING FOR THOSE WHO STOOD FOR US !!"
Mary Ann ColstonJuly 15, 2019
Thank you to the Patriot Guard Riders for your dedication to our veterans and first responders.
Stewart SykesApril 22, 2019
Jeffrey KaysApril 22, 2019
For all of those who have done so much in the service and benefit of others. Thank you!
Sandip PatelApril 22, 2019
SSG Frank CagninaApril 15, 2019
I have been a funeral director for almost 14 years and every time I have called upon the Patriot Guard to honor the men and women of this great country they have responded without hesitation. Regardless of weather, time or distance they are there to… Read more
I have been a funeral director for almost 14 years and every time I have called upon the Patriot Guard to honor the men and women of this great country they have responded without hesitation. Regardless of weather, time or distance they are there to show the family that their loved ones service did not go unnoticed . The professionalism of these men and women is beyond approach, thank you for everything you have done and will do to honor our country and veterans.
What We Do
Standing for Those
Who Stood for Us
Russell W Uphold Shephersville, KY
A heartfelt thank you to the Patriot Guard Riders in attendance at Pop’s (Russell W Uphold) funeral. We really appreciate the show of respect. May God bless you in all your endeavors!
There are bad dreams, there are strange dreams and then there are nightmares. I found myself in my own worst nightmare and I could barely breathe. Everything was wrong. My mind wouldn’t work right. My world was in agony and roaring flames. Nothing made sense. The very thing I was most afraid of was happening and I could do nothing to stop it. Time wasn’t moving in a linear way for me and if you tell me I wasn’t just standing there screaming my lungs out -I’d be surprised. I could not handle that nightmare- but then there you were. Like a rock. Your presence at my brothers funeral will forever be the strength and dignity that kept me human that day. I will always be in your debt. I will never, ever forget what you did for my brother. And for me. Thank you! You have my loyalty. if you ever need it. It’s yours.
I am so humbled and grateful for the riders that came out today to help us lay Joe to rest. There are no words to express our thanks to strangers in life but comrades in arms that stood to honor our family.
Sgt. Warren “Butch” Pinnick
I want to thank the Dublin, VA Patriot Riders for their participation in my nephew’s interment on the 13th of March. Their honoring him means a lot to this family and I was so proud of him and his service. Thank you so much for all that you do. God bless you all.
John J Iwaniec
I want to thank all of you once again from the bottom of my heart, on the honor that you showed to my Brother John today and for presenting me with the Flag, plaque and token that I will cherish. I’m very proud to have met you today, and gratefully appreciate what you do for our service men, women and the others, who you treat with such honor and respect. You are also heroes in my life and others.
With all our respect and gratitude. Denise Iwaniec and Family
Aaron Lavon Lowe
We thank you from the bottom of our heart. Your kind words and compassion will never be forgotten. This mission went perfect, my dad would have been very pleased and you made it happen.
We love you!
Franklin Ferdinand Sigl
The entire Sigl family wants to thank you for the strong showing on Friday 18 September for ceremony. It touched all of us and we wanted to say thank you.
Joseph “Buddy” O. Watrous
The family of Joseph “Buddy” O. Watrous Jr. extend our sincere gratefulness for the Honor Mission Patriot Guard escort provided for our father’s funeral procession on November 13, 2019, from Gautier to the Biloxi National Cemetery. We thank you for honoring him in this generous, patriotic way.
With Heartfelt Appreciation, The Watrous Family
Jack R. Reeves
We are very grateful for the services that you rendered to the late Rev. Dr. Jack Reeves. We were overwhelmed by everything that was going on but your professionalism help eliminate a lot of stress and made the process a lot easier.
Thank you very much for your services.
Martha Reeves and Family
You guys are the best! Thank you for all you do. Mr. Sanchez God bless you! God bless you all!
Thank you for your support for my father, John Kaiser, for his last ride to Jefferson Barracks on August 13, 2020. Your Team was wonderful and helped our family make this difficult day special. God bless you.
You are very much appreciated for your service to our country. We thank you for honoring Hubert Townsend. We were very blessed with your presence. May God bless each of you for being the gift you are to families like ours.
Dr Claude H McConnell
Dear Patriot Guard,
I want to thank all of you for your service to America and to our Veterans.
My 95 year old proud American father was buried on January 21, 2020 at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Cornelius, NC. It was a cold and sunny day. ( a great day for a bird hunt!)
The evening before you set large American flags around the parking lot. A stunning sight for everyone who passed the church.
Early, before most folks arrived for the service, your men and women were in position at the church entrance. It was a glorious morning for a goodbye to a brave Air Force Vet who flew 32 missions over Germany in a B-24 and flew fuel to Patton in Africa.
After the service, the Patriot Guard followed the bagpiper … and led us all to the visitation at the back of the church. Anyone who was there will never forget.
Our family thanks you for your support.
Coco McConnell Killian
Funeral Service for Randall K. Zbiciak
The Patriot Guard attended my twin brother’s funeral service at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI on August 18, 2020.
It was impressive to see them arrive on their bikes. It was a proud moment for Randy as we laid him to rest.
Thank you Patriot Guard. We will never forget you.
Funeral LTGen Charles Pitman, March 8/9, 2020
I’d like to send the Patriot Riders’ Patriot Guard our heartfelt thank you for your homage to our father, LTGen Charles Pitman USMC on March 8 & 9, 2020. Your volunteers really topped off a stellar Marine Corps send off for a true American patriot.
The Pitman family
Tom A Peckham 8/7/2020
Words cannot express our family’s deep appreciation and gratitude for PGRs participation in Tom’s ride to the cemetery and the memorial services. Tom was a humble guy who served his country in Vietnam, did his best for his family and friends. He was a hero in our eyes and it was so wonderful to see recognition of his service to our country….finally. (Oops sorry that just slipped out and people who lived through the Vietnam era will understand. I feel like a wrong from 50 years ago has been righted tho and the PGR did it.) I enjoyed meeting and talking with the riders and sharing stories about Tom. On behalf of a grateful family, we say THANK YOU!
William “Bill” Frank Sikes
I want to thank each & everyone of all for what you did at the service for my husband, Bill, at his service July 8th. All of all were so kind & sweet to
take the time to come & honor my husband for his service in the Army. I will always treasure what you did for me & for the sweet card all signed & what all gave me & the kind & encouraging words. Thank all again for everything & May God always Bless all & keep all in his care.
James W. Weston
Thank you so much for all you did at my husbands burial on February 21, 2020 in Ridgecrest, CA. It was wonderful and my husband would have been so honored to have seen this. And I’m sure he was watching from heaven. You were a blessing to all that were there. The Lord bless you, Donna Weston
I live in the uk. Just want to say total respect for what you all do. You have respect of bikers from the uk. Do you sell patches or other stuff to support you Desmond Bye
Recil Calvin Troxel
Our family is truly grateful to each of you for escorting our Papa to his final resting place. Thank you for your mission!!
The Troxel Family
Louis John Camilli
Please accept my sincere gratitude and respect for the PGR personnel that guarded my father on his way to his final resting place at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona. It was truly a beautiful thing to see PGR riding with the flags flowing in the wind on our way to the cemetery. It was a sad day for me, but having PGR with us helped make the day less of a sting on my emotions. They took such good care of my dad and never let him out of their sight. My mom was impressed with the service of the PGR and felt overwhelmed with emotion. Thank you for making our day less painful and more joyful. Your organization is truly a blessing for the fallen and their family and friends.
Birthday ride on May 6th
Thank you for your time spent celebrating the young lady on her birthday yesterday and for honoring the memory of her father. My husband and I heard the PGRs go by and it was wonderful! Your group attended our son’s funeral and you hold a special place in our hearts. Thank you so much!!
On behalf of our family, we’d like to Thank You, for the compassionate, respectful, and caring presence of each person involved
in the service for our beloved, Roger Moore. Saturday, Sept 12, 2020. To give of yourselves so unselfishly, and humbly, was so touching.. inspiring.
May God bless all of your endeavors, and may the beautiful service that you so freely give.. “Motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Hebrews 10:24
Michael A. Spaccaforno
I can’t thank this organization enough for attending my father’s services and standing guard for him. He really believed in your mission and was an avid supporter, so to be here for him was truly amazing and a blessing. Your professionalism and dedication were outstanding. Knowing that I was a veteran as well, the Ride Captain presented me with a coin, which I will cherish in my father’s memory. Thank you, PGR, for all that you do for our Veterans.
Bruce A Earnhardt Jr.
Thank you on behalf of the Earnhardt family for standing in on Friday, February 28th, 2020 at the burial service of Bruce A Earnhardt Jr. Bruce requested that there be no funeral or service, but i think he would be proud of his son for deciding to honor him in this way. We really appreciate you guys standing in, it’s a wonderful thing that you do to honor men who served. Again, thank you
COL Lloyd R. Cain
I cannot begin to tell you how much it meant to us to have the Patriot Guard Riders presence at my Dad’s, COL Lloyd R. Cain’s, funeral. It was so moving the way you honored my father and our family. Escorting the casket to the church, then accompanying us out to the gravesite and standing guard was truly one of the greatest honors we have ever witnessed. Our father was a veteran of 3 wars and 33 years of service. What a fitting send off to have the Patriot Guard Riders at his funeral. Please pass along our sincere thanks to each and every hero that was out there, honoring my father and our family. God bless you!
Just wanted to thank you Guy’s and Gal’s for a great ride and service for my Dad , Larry Hutchinson “Hutch” on 2/14/20 …He would have loved it and My family and I really enjoyed it and appreciate what you did for our us…It really meant so much to all of us..Everyone talked about what a great job you did..keep on riding for freedom Guy’s and Gal’s ..You are touching peoples lives more than you may know..
Thank you ,
From the Hutchinson Family
All I can say is, WOW! My mom passed away in December. We buried her on Jan 23rd. The weather was less than desirable. My brother and I were given permission by Joint Base Lewis-McChord to personally drive our mom from Seattle, WA to Warrenton, OR. We had several scheduled stops along the way to “pick-up” friends and family who wanted to join our rolling escort. We picked up the PGR’s along our route. Those riders took wind and rain to the face at 65mph for just about two hours. They gave no grief about their ride. They gave nothing but love and a lot of wet hugs! After our wet ride they stood graveside in our very small graveyard and held flags while military representatives conducted my mothers burial. Then, like that, they were on their chariots of glory and rode off into the sunset before anyone (myself or my brother) had a chance to give one last “Thank You.” Amazing. Amazing. Amazing! Nothing but love and respect from them that I want to reciprocate and emulate! Thank you, Southwest Washington Chapter and to you, Chuck for organizing everything on your end!
Wish to thank the guard who honored frank my uncle. While still here and suffering stg 4 cancer he got the thrill of being recognized and honored this ride took place in upstate new york in Ontario. This took place during the lockdown. Much appreciated. As a Vietnam vet myself it is nice to know we are not all forgotten. Thank you.
Harry Laron Hawk Temple
Thanks is not enough to convey my appreciation for the honor and respect you demonstrated at the services of uncle Laron. As I stated during the services your significance in his life in recent years was clearly realized in most every discussion we had, he was indeed honored to part of the Arkansas Patriot Riders, Thank you for your service to our country and may God bless each of you. Jeff Temple, Pastor.
Gerald J PohlmanB
What an amazing world it would be if everyone were as nice as the members of your squad. Jerry was a member of the Old Guard in Washington and served at too many grave sites. I know he was very honored to have you all with him and his family as we sent him home. Words are not enough to express our love and thanks to you and the other guys who gave up some of your day to be with us. In graditude. Mrs. Gerald J Pohlman
Andrew A Anderson
Heartfelt thanks for your presence at the funeral of our uncle/ great uncle Keep up the good work
Gene Kittrell. USN
Traci Fontenot USN
Ashley Sponheim USN
Martin L. Scheer Sr.
I want to extend a humongous thanks to all of you. You were there to honor my grandfather on his 94th birthday on June 21st and one month later you escorted him to his final resting place. My grandfather meant the world to my entire family. He was a true hero in my eyes and is missed terribly. When he saw you ride by on his birthday, his entire face brightened up. My grandfather lived a good and long life and what you all did for him will always be remembered. You all are true heroes yourselves. Thank you all for your service and thank you for honoring my grandfather.
Larry W Brand USAF Ret MSGT
Thank you so much for honoring my late husband. Our entire family appreciated the love and caring you show to those that have served during a very trying time in history. It was nice meeting Mr. Crownover too, a fine gentleman.
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I respect and appreciate what you guys are doing and as the grandson of a Vietnam veteran and first responder myself I have much love for you guys. If ever in mississippi or if you have a chapter here I’d love to shake your hands and hug your necks .
Albert H Robitaille Jr
Our family would like to thank your group for helping to honor our father Albert Robitaille at his funeral and memorial service. As a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, I know he really believed in the service your group provides to veterans and their families and would have appreciated your presence at his services.
Thanks you once again from our family.
Albert, Russell, Valerie, Bruce and Julie Robitaille
Donato Vito Turchiano
It was a true pleasure and very comforting that you were there. My Dad was one of the few remaining WWll vets still alive. Your professionalism and love for our Veterans is truly appreciated. God Bless each and every member of this fine organization.
On July 16 2020 our city hosted what I was told would be a first responder parade to thank first responders. There was a huge escort of The Patriot Guard Riders…this was a ploy, unknown to me until I was presented an award. July 16 2020 was proclaimed by the city as Randy Pennington Day to honor my service of 3 plus decades as a Police Officer. The Patriot Guard presented me with a beautiful plaque and a very special wooden wall hanging of the blue line flag..I would love to send a thank you card but don’t know where to send it..From the bottom of my heart to all Patriot Guard Riders, thank you.May God always ride with you and keep you safe.
Sgt, Toledo Police Dept
Viet Nam Combat Veteran
101st Airborne Division
Allen K. Beck
The family and friends of Allen K. Beck wish to convey their heartfelt gratitude to all the Patriot Guard Riders participating in his tribute on July 9 and July 10 in Jefferson City, MO. So impressive! What a wonderful service for Veterans and their families! Wish we could have thanked each of you personally. The special presentation by Cheryl Wallace meant so much to me! God Bless you all! Kay, Stephanie, and Kent Beck
Thank you so much for coming to Luke Barnhart’s memorial at the Idaho State cemetery in Boise. My wife and I thank you for honoring our son.
Rufus I. Winstead
We would like to say Thank You to the Delaware Patriot Guard for honoring our father, Rufus I. Winstead, during his funeral and his memorial car processional.
A special thanks to Jon Andrews for honoring our mother with the flag presentation at our father’s funeral. It helped to personalize the service knowing you flew with our father in the Air Force.
Delaware Patriot Guard, your support made the event one that our father would have loved. We can’t thank you enough for your generous support.
– The Family of Rufus I. Winstead
Ulysses Jones “U.J.” Parrott, Jr. – February 9, 2020
Dear Patriot Guard Riders:
Words cannot adequately express our gratitude and appreciation for your services at the funeral of our loved one, Ulysses Jones “U.J.” Parrott, Jr. Daddy proudly served his country and to have the Patriot Guard Riders provide an honor flag line as he was laid to rest is a memory we will treasure forever. We thank all of you for your service to our country. We pray God will continue to bless each of you in all that you do.
In love and appreciation,
Marilyn, Gary and Jordan Smith
Col. Joseph “Mike” Romero (USMC)
December 7th, 2019 was a crazy busy day for the PGR, but they made my husband’s final ride to the church (through his beloved neighborhood, by his favorite places to eat, etc) just perfect for me and for his family–and I know he would have been so humbled by the… Read more “Col. Joseph “Mike” Romero (USMC)”
I just wanted to say thank you for what you do. When I go, I hope someone in my family will think to ask you. Again, thank you.
Larry Usoff, US Navy Retired (Korea vet)
I just want to take this opportunity to tell you thank you so much for your wonderful services that you provided for my husband’s services. George Taylor was definitely a hero. He will be truly missed by all. Again thank you so much you did a wonderful job.
Grover Clayton Harris
Thank you so much for honoring my Dad’s memory at the celebration of his life on August 22nd in Fayetteville. For most of his later life, he felt like no one remembered the sacrifices made by those, like him, who served in Korea. He was a combat medic and did not talk much about his experiences but his wish was to have military honors at his funeral. With the COVID-19 crisis, we were concerned that we would not be able to honor his last wish. We were not aware that you offered this service for older veterans and it was only at the suggestion of John Lancaster, that we put in our request. That your members took the time to come and stand out in the heat and humidity to honor him and his service, meant more to us than we could ever put into words. Thank you so much for all you do to honor our country’s veterans.
Charles R. Fletcher, CW2 retired
Our Family would like to say thank you for honoring my husband, Charles R. Fletcher on January 18,2020. I can not tell you how proud I felt when I saw The Patriot Guard Riders at the Memorial Service, it was so unexpected and comforting. Thank you all for your service… Read more “Charles R. Fletcher, CW2 retired”
Daniel R. Centilli
My 30 year old son died unexpectedly on December 23, 2019. Daniel was 100% disabled Marine. I contacted the Patriot Guard and they showed up and put on such an exhibition of respect for our son I really have no words to thank you. We arrived at the church to find flags and an honor team that would have made our son so proud. He loved his Marine Corp! We had to travel through several counties to arrive at the National Cemetery in Montevallo, Alabama, and when we didn’t have police escort we have the Patriot Guard Riders to show the way and we never had to stop. I am eternally grateful for the last ride that your organization gave our son.
Doyce L Gilmer
I would personally like to thank Rusty McNab, Donna Cranston and the other guard members for a mission well done. The upmost respect was shown to my father and the whole Gilmer family through out this tough task of laying my father to rest. Our donation to you is given in Honor of Doyce and he would have been so proud of all of you Patriot Guard men and women. Great job. Thank you again each and every one of you,
Doyce A Gilmer and family
Joseph Paglia, Michael White, Joseph Edmund Lazo
On behalf of Thin Blue Line Foundation and Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement MC, we send our deepest gratitude to your guards that served at each funeral. It was a beautiful sight to see our brothers and sisters in honor of these three men that lost their lives so tragically! Again thank you for what you do and appreciate the Patriot Guard Riders.
Memorial Day Drive-Through at Courtyard at Mt Tabor Retirement Community
We cannot begin to say THANK YOU enough for all the riders who participated in the Drive-through event on Memorial Day! Your presence made our hearts swell with pride and emotion for our Country and for the men and women who died fighting for our freedom. I had residents tell me that this was the best Memorial Day they can ever remember and others who said it was so inspiring and exciting. They all had perma-grins for hours afterwards. Thank you again for everything! You are ALL amazing and we appreciate your service!
Much Love to All!
Laurie Mix and Courtyard at Mt Tabor Residents
James L. Woodruff
My wife, her family and I want to express our thanks and gratitude for being there in our time of need. Woody was a proud Veteran and we know he would’ve loved to see it. It meant so much to us. Thank you so much!!
Angelo Filippone – Funeral
Thank you for your service escorting my loving husband to his final resting place on 5/27/20 from funeral home to a
brief outdoor church blessing to the cemetery. It was comforting to me as I watched these incredible riders honoring
my Angelo. May God Bless You and keep you safe.
God Bless America.
Welcome Home – Kyle Huxtable
Last night was a night that will NEVER be forgotten. What a joyous and heartwarming occasion it was to see that so many fellow Americans would give up their Saturday night to hold an American flag at an airport terminal, while cheering, simply to honor and welcome back home an American soldier from the combat zone (whom they had never met and did not personally know). What a tremendous American tribute and honor. It was one of the most touching moments I have experienced in my 75 short years living on God’s created earth.
I cannot express in words, my gratitude to Kansas City, Mo. area Ride Captain Jim Williams for tirelessly putting this Welcome Home Mission together, with such short notice and jumping through all the hoops required for a group to gather together these days. As the grandfather of the honored soldier (who is so very thankful to have him safely back home) I am incredibly humbled, proud and appreciative to be associated with such an outstanding, patriotic group of like minded people who will go to any lengths to show respect and honor to our American veterans and first responders. THANK YOU PGR.
Robert J. McDonald
Thank the Patriot Guard for honoring my father Robert
J. McDonald. He was proud of his service in WW2 and I felt the same pride with your respectful tribute. Again thank you.
My sincere thank you to the Patriot Guard Riders for the very impressive attendance at my husbands funeral. Myself and my family were totally amazed at how well they preformed. My husband would be very proud as am I. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Three cheers to all is well deserved.
PO3 Franklin A. Neeley
Thank you so much for your attendance at my fathers funeral. The flags were absolutely flying beautifully that day!! We are thankful for your recognition of his service. The plague and invocation are something we will always treasure. I especially loved the tribute to him in your page.
Thanks again for all you do and…Anchors Away!!!
Alvan T. Fuller
My brother Gordon and I would like to thank the Patriot Guard Riders who attended my father’s funeral today in New Bedford, MA. Dad was very active in the American Legion, serving as Department Commander in 1982 and headed their national Emblem Sales committee. There would have been a huge contingent there today from all over, but with the gathering restrictions in place it made that impossible. Thanks to the many riders who showed and the Legionnaires who could stand at a distance, the day was still special. It was a gorgeous day and with the breeze blowing the flags looked great flapping in the wind. Thank you again.
Thank you to those who were at my son’s funeral on Tues. Aug. 11, 2020. Your compassion and support has given me hope in this crazy time that we will get through this. Our law enforcement brothers and sisters deserve our respect. My son and granddaughter were killed in a car crash and my son had given 20 years of his life to keeping others safe. I wish you all love and thank you from my family. Take care and stay safe.
Tags Nicholas vogler
Thank you all for what you do. I was totally taken back when I pulled into the cemetery today and saw you all braving the 60mph winds to pay respect to my brother. Due to the pandemic his full honors ceremony is being pushed back to September. It made my heart so full to see you there honoring him and his service today.
SFC. Robert “Bob” Jarman, US Special Forces, retired
I personally want to Thank Ride Captain Rick Foulon and his 20 plus Patriot Guard Riders who worked the Flag line. It was appreciated by all who attended Bob’s memorial services in Las Vegas to have your PGR members present to Honor Bob’s military and law enforcement service. Bob had… Read more “SFC. Robert “Bob” Jarman, US Special Forces, retired”
Funeral for James N. Gatch, Sr.
Your presence at the February 1 funeral of our father, James Gatch, Sr., meant the world to all of his family and friends. He strongly believed in God, country and family. Though he rarely talked about his military service and time as a POW in Germany, we all knew how much that time contributed to his life’s values. We just wanted to let the Low Country – Summerville Patriot Guard know how much we appreciated their time and respect. Thank you!
John E. Marko
We would like to thank Dan Edwards and his team of Patriot Guard Riders who stood for my dad at his funeral service on August 24th 2020 we appreciate your dedication to Veterans and will continue to support you in the future.
Paul Gowdy Andes
Thank you SO much for enhancing my father-in-law’s funeral with such solemnity, and yet, well, fun! How can a bunch of guys in jeans and tee shirts, vests, braids, tattoo’s – all KINDS of personality – (and flags! The flags add a lot!!) add so so much?!? I got choked up before I even got into the funeral home. Thank you for adding such abundant honor to the event. My FIL would have love, love, loved it, and so did we. Maybe one day when our kids are out of college, we can join you. We can dream!
w much respect and delight,
Thoms E Hall Sr
I just wanted to let every member of the Patriot Guard to know how deeply touched my whole family was to have them pay tribute to my father. My dad was a Vietnam veteran whom loved his country and his service deeply. My mother kept saying over and over on the ride to the cemetery that dad would have loved seeing y’all. Again thank you for everything you did.
Kenneth D Ripley Jr
I would like to express my most sincere “THANK YOU” to the members that came out and rode for my father. I watched from behind with such pride to see him escorted to the cemetary with the honor and respect he deserved. Your riders are the most special people I know. Once again “THANK YOU!!!” for everything!!!!
Donald John Sadler Sr
Thank you so much for your participation in my Husband’s ceremony at Willamette National Ceremony in Portland OR on September 16, 2020.. Many of my family had never attended a Military funeral with the Patriot Guard in attendance. The family was amazed that such an organization even existed. One mentioned she wish she had known of you for her father-in-law’ s funeral. The coin that was given to me is very precious to me and I will carry it with me as I attempt to continue to go on without Don in my life, but I still have my family
Again, THANK YOU for being there for my family
I have been informed that the Patriot Guard will be escorting my fiance, Jeremiah Johnson, from the airport to the funeral home on 15 July, 2020, and possibly at the funeral as well. I am also military stationed overseas, same base as Jeremiah was. I cannot thank you enough for doing this for his family, myself, and my daughter (whom he considered his own). I will be PCS’ing to northern California, Beale AFB at the end of this year, and I hope during my time on leave, visiting his grave and his parents, I get the chance to shake one of your members hands. As much as I wish I could be there in person, be able to protect the love of my life as he goes to his burial, I am amazed at the support from so many people. Thank you. Thank you for protecting his family and his body. I will forever be grateful.
Lt.Col.Charles R. Mordan
On August 27th you lead the procession from the funeral home to the cemetery. I thank you for honoring my husband and the twenty six years of his Air Force career. He was a proud veteran and your tribute to his service gave our family great comfort knowing his Air Force years were appreciated. Our family is grateful to your organization that provides such dignified service.
Michael Coulson Funeral
I just want to express the gratitude of our family to your Huntsville, Alabama chapter for the service they performed in honoring our brother, uncle and friend, Michael “Mickey” Coulson. Mickey was a Marine who served three tours in Vietnam. We are grateful for the Patriot Guard to come and honor Mickey at his funeral and graveside services.
Emmett Roy Wegmann
We would like to thank Doug and all of the other Patriot Guards who came on that Saturday in August of 2019 to honor our dad, Emmett R. Wegmann, a US Navy WW II Veteran who was laid to rest in Covington, LA. We felt honored to have you there and we know Emmett was smiling down on each of you. We just wanted to tell you how much it meant to us and our family that he was finally honored for his service to our great country. Thank you all for being a part of the ceremony on that Saturday. You guys are awesome and we salute each of you and thank you for your service to our great country. The Wegmann family
Nelson Owen Pratt
I would like to send my deepest appreciation to you for honoring my father yesterday at his funeral services. It is a wonderful tribute that you provide. Thank you for your dedication and service .
The family of Nelson Pratt
Honor Flight Maine at Granite Hill Estates in Hallowell Maine.
On behalf of our 7 Honor Flight Maine Veteran’s, we want to thank those who participated in escorting our Veteran’s for the ride from Granite Hill Estates to the Red Barn in style with help from the Augusta Police and Fire/Rescue! It truly was something that they will never forget!!
Harry Elmer Gowan
Thank you so much for your presence at the funeral of my husband it was such an honor to see everyone show up and escort us to the funeral home thank you again for all you do!
Louis W Reese
On behalf of my family I would like to thank all of the patriot riders who came out today for my grandfather funeral. All of the men and women who attended, it touched our hearts it was the most beautiful funeral I have ever seen. Special thanks to the Ride Captin Mr. Johnson, Thomas for being so kind and patient working with my family and listening to me during this hard time from the passing of my grandfather. The patriot riders truly made his final goodbye absolutely beautiful.
Willie Hayes Jr
The Hayes Family would like to send our upmost thanks and praise to the Patriot Guard, for escorting our beloved Father and Husband Willie Hayes Jr. to his final resting place. I have received many comments from family and friends about the Patriot Guard, they were very nice, professional and showed great respect. I know my father was proud and was smiling down on us. It was an amazing way to take him to his final resting place and it gave us such comfort. We thank you again, appreicate your efforts and hold you in the highest regards.
Thank you and God Bless
The Hayes Family
I was moved to see the efforts of those who rode with me for the escort to Riverside this past Friday, 10 May. As I may have mentioned, I’ve been honored to ride more than a few missions with the PGR since I joined in 2007, but this one was special as the Hero being escorted was my mentor as a young man.Ray (T-Bone), Greywolf, and all who showed up (we rode with 7 and a trailing cage) were considerate and thoughtful in word and deed. The family and I feel truly blessed to have had such professionalism shine in what looked to be a very wet and cloudy ride!Yes, it did sprinkle a bit on the ride from Hemet, but I’d refer you to GreyWolf for the blessing he shared at the staging before we left to escort the family of our Hero…All in all, it was was a memorable day, made even better with Old Glory leading the way.Again, many thanks for your part!Dallas
The Holderbaum & Macpherson families want to send a big thank you for your caring,loving, thoughtful & amazing contribution & service you did for our dad. It truly touched our hearts to see the wonderful ways in which you acknowledged our father. It meant so much to all of us!!! Everyone was asking about it afterwards so we spread the word about you guys for the wonderful things you did, GOD bless all of you!!!! Kathy Holderbaum
Don T Harris
Thank you for honoring my father-in-law, Major (ret) Don T Harris, at his visitation and funeral. Major Harris was always a Marine. Your support was a great visualization of the “Band of Brothers” to which we are members. A Band that crosses conflicts and service. Don was “Always Faithful” to his nation, the Marines, and his family. Thank you for being faithful to him.
Edith R Hart Funeral date 2/14/19
The family of Edith R. Hart would like to thank the Patriot Guard riders for the amazing honor to our mother. Your presence at the funeral home, the escort and at the cemetery was a great comfort to us and reminded us that mom’s family was much bigger than she knew. Thank you for treating our family as your own. With deepest thanks, Ede King, Adrienne Miller and Richard Hart Jr. and families.
I just saw “Last Defence”
I just saw “Last Defence” season 1 episode 1 on NRA TV where your group is highlighted for your service to our fallen troops. I just want to say thank you for all your group has done to honor our troops and their families in their time of need. WELL DONE!!!
Louis J VanderPlaats
I wish to thank-you so much for attending my husbands funeral and honoring him with the flags, 21 gun salute and the respect they showed.You will never know how much it meant to me and my family.Sincerely,Genevieve
My family, along with myself would like to express our gratitude for your presence at my father’s funeral. It was such a wonderful sight and tribute to him. We received many compliments on your attendance. Once again, thank you for your time and service.
Nicole Appelwick and the family of Ronald Charchenko
Joel McCarroll Newsum Rome, GA
The Newsum family was overwhelmed.
Details of Joel’s truck story here:
Marshall Elbert Wyrick, Mountain Home, AR
What a moving sight to see you riding in to attend my brother’s funeral on February 27! I deeply appreciate your presence that day. It was comforting, respectful and a wonderful tribute to him and his service to his country.I thank you from the bottom of my heart.Andrea Kanuth
Donald Ray Crutcher funeral
Just wanted to express our appreciation for your support during the services for my husband’s uncle. He would have felt honored for your dedication and presence, very much a mirror of his own personal beliefs.
Algie Mabone – Somerville, TN
I tried my best to express my sincerest gratitude for to the PGR during their Tennessee Mission to big ole Fayette County, TN as they paid their respects to my Granddaddy Algie Mabone; who served in World War II, in the 92nd Infantry Division also known as the Buffalo Soldiers.
Throughout the course of 2 days everyone was SO kind, not only to the Mabone family but also to ALL of the extended family that came to share in the services for Granddaddy! I heard them sharing stories with each other, inviting the children who were there to hold the flags in honor and not once complaining about the sun that beamed throughout the day.
Thank you for making sure everything went smoothly!
I truly thank EACH OF YOU from the bottom of my humble heart not only for your service to the Mabone family but for your service and sacrifice for for our country!
Willie Grady Guy
Thank you so much for your support at our fathers funeral-retired TSGT Willie Guy in Biloxi, MS (Korean war vet). Our Dad would have been so proud and honored to have you escorting him to his final resting place. Your professionalism was greatly appreciated and watching those flags fly as Dad was laid to rest brought even more tears to my eyes. He was a true patriot.
Thank you for honoring him.
Juan Cancino GySgt/USMC Ret.
I just want to thank the Patriot Gaurd Riders for attending and making My fathers burial (Juan Cancino USMC/GySgt Ret) a special event. Having you there was a big part of helping my family cope with our loss knowing he was honored correctly. My father would have felt so proud and special knowing that the Patriot Gaurd Riders honored him and the service he dedicated many years of his life to. With love and respect, I express my sincere gratitude.
Marc Cancino USMC/Sgt Ret.
My husband, Grant Strahle, passed on November 19, 2019. It had been eighteen years since he retired from the Savannah Police Department and forty years since his retirement from the U.S. Army. It was difficult to decide on the type of final service for him. The service was small for the same reasons as stated above. The service though small was very impressive, the patriot guard providing the escort and the police department blocking off all street ramps it was truly a sight to see. Also with the patriot guard people were getting out of their cars and saluting or at least standing at attention.The Army provided the twenty one gun salute with the Chaplain officiating at the grave side. I know my husband would have been really touched by the showing of this respect.
I would like to thank the patriot guard for their service during my husband’s funeral and being there for me and our family.
With Respect, Yvonne Strahle
Chadwick Lee Buchanan
We thank you so very much for bringing at our sons celebration of life service. It was an honor to have you their. Your presence meant everything to us. Again, thank you so much for your service.
I wanted to mail you a thank you but couldn’t find an address.
Quentin G Oleson
Thanks so much for all you did to make Dad’s funeral services so special. As we talked, Dad was one of those “I just . . .”, non-combat veterans who for a long time wasn’t as proud of his service as he should have been. He would have been so proud and thankful for the tribute you gave him. Also, special thanks and appreciation to the riders who unfortunately had to deal with the unexpected gravel detours down to Scotland.
On behalf our entire staff here, family and friends we would like to thank each and every patriot guard rider that came out for the services for Sergeant Brandyn Paonessa. The number of patriot guard riders that attended was truly amazing. Thank you for everything you do and your support of America’s hero’s and their families.
Thank you so much for helping us to from West Walmart to pick up the family and then honoring John at Newcomers and then to the church. You all are great people to help us at the last minutes. Keep doing what you all do because it was great.
Dennis Mindermann 11/4/2019
Words cannot Express how thankful I am for your organization and to each and every volunteer that was there on the day of my husband funeral. The outpouring of dignity and respect that was shown will never be forgotten by my children, family, friends and especially me. Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart. God Bless All of You! Brenda Mindermann
Brigadier General (Ret) Donald Ray Crutcher
The family would like to express our sincere thank you and appreciation to the Patriot Guard volunteers. Thank you to those who attended the visitation, who stood guard at the door with the flags at the visitation as well as those who rode their motorcycles to lead the procession on a very cold afternoon. My father-in-law would have been humbled by the attention as he always told us, “don’t make a fuss over me when I die.” This is a wonderful group of volunteers. Thank you again.
CW3 Merrell “Tony” Smith
Thank you for honoring CW3 Merrell “Tony” Smith, my husband, with your presence at his memorial service in Leavenworth, KS on 2 May 2019. I appreciate the time and sacrifice that all of your riders gave in escorting him to his final resting place.
Claude Whitford Chavis, Jr. 02/02/2019
My local contact person was Tommy Jones who was of the greatest help in getting everything set up. The location was in an extremely rural area of South Carolina and we weren’t sure how this would turn out. The services that the Patriot Guard provide is not well known in the area so we were not sure how many would show. Everything went great and my nieces were very thankful for the honor they bestowed on their father and my brother. Thank you so much for making a difficult day a blessing.
Theresa Chavis Edwards
Daniel T. Seip, Jr. Funeral Service
On behalf of my family, please accept our sincere thanks to those who stood the flag line and paid respects to our father, Daniel T. Seip, Jr., on Saturday, January 26. We are grateful to those who stood out in the cold to honor our father who was a Naval veteran. Your presence at his service added an additional level of respect and honor to a proud veteran. Thank you for standing the flag line and for your service to our great nation.
A-Troop 1-98th CAV OIF 09-10& previous deployment (1387th Quartermaster OIF 07-08)
I am a combat veteran with 2 tours in Iraq. It is with a proud heart that I say my fellow veterans and I were honored to have Patriot Guard escort us every time!! Without fail you great patriots and vets would always be there for us and ride for hours if necessary to escort us to our plane when we left and to our demob site when we got home!! So on behalf of all my brothers, we love you Patriot Guard!! And we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!! It really touched my heart and meant so much!! THANK YOU!! God bless y’all brothers!!
I would like to say thank you all so very much for volunteering your time and standing up for my husband, Pete Martinez. It was an honor and a privilege to have you join us on the day of my husband’s funeral. I know he was looking down with pride, as you rode your bikes and led our procession, to the veteran’s cemetery. I can’t thank you enough for being there for us. Sincerely, Rebecca Martinez and Family
It has been almost 2 years since my beloved husband John Fradette passed away and was buried at the cemetery in Dallas. My family and I convey belated Thanks to your presence and respect. When we saw you I was so humbled and grateful. You made such a memory in our lives. I am eternally grateful for all you do. God bless and ride on Dear ones
PFC Beverly A. Goodman
I want to thank the Patriot Guards that rode with me to take my wife’s Urn to The Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, Georgia from my home in Hinesville. Georgia. It was on 07 December 2018. We had more motorcycles than cars thanks to the Guard and the sport riders of my son’s. The Guard took us through the back roads to Glennville, Beverly always loved the country. We grew up in the country, not the city. The Guard where professionals and did everything correctly. I wanted to thank them but they had left before I was able to. If you could send them my deep-hearted thanks for a job well done. I salute you all. SSG(r) Harold W. Goodman
Wayne G Baker
The Baker family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the Patriot Guard Riders for their support during the Memorial Service to honor and remember PFC Wayne Glen Baker’s sacrifice. My family was overwhelmed by the support and kindness exhibited by all members of the PGR. The flag display was especially touching and it reminded my family that Wayne’s sacrifice counted for something very dear… Freedom!! Thank you Boise riders and special thanks to Coeur d’ Alene riders Mary Matthews and Pam Moist for all you did. We were truly blessed.
Roger D. Baker
MSgt USAF, Ret
Veterans Day Open House Event
I’d like to offer my sincere appreciation for your organization’s participation in our Veterans Day Open House held on Friday, November 8, 2019. The Residents, staff and visitors appreciated the Patriot Guard Riders, who added dignity and respect to the event. Thank you for assisting in making the event such a huge success!
Our staff does a tremendous job providing various events and activities for our Residents, but the Veterans are most grateful for the visits and time spent with them.
We are proud to serve our Residents and greatly appreciate those that recognize their service to our country. As former U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen once said, “Veterans are a symbol of what makes our nation great, and we must never forget all they have done to ensure our freedom.” Thank you again for your kindness, support, and dedication to our Veterans.
Sgt. Adam C. Blunck
I was able to shake the hands of all the riders that made the flag line at my brother’s funeral and thank them in person but I wanted to contact this organization as well. Thank you for all you do–the mission may have changed but you’re needed now more than ever.
Thank you again for your presence and your care during the flag lines and my brother’s interment in Adel.
David R. Dillard
Thank you to all the Patriot Riders from the bottom of my heart for providing your services to honor my husband, Dave Dillard on April 5, 2019. I know he would have been honored and appreciative for your services. Your presence at this Ceremony was truly an honor for myself and my family. May God be with you as you continue to spread love and compassion to all Veterans.Sincerely,Gail Dillard
William Randall – My Father
This is Gary Randall. The son of William Randall. We met yesterday at my father’s funeral. I cannot begin to tell you how much you and the Patriot Guard Riders mean to me and my family. Your presence at my Dads funeral was outstanding. The way you honor my Mother as she walked into the funeral home was beyond words. Then escorting us out to the gravesite and standing there in the hot sun with your men, was truly one of the greatest honors I have ever witnessed. When the funeral home told us yesterday morning that they had not heard from the US Air Force Honor Guard, we were crushed. We could not believe that a man who served his county for 27 years and fought in 2 wars was not going to be honored in the way he should have been, my mother and our family were devastated. Then to get a phone call from the funeral home telling us that you and the Patriot Guard Riders were going to do my dad’s honors, our burden was lifted. I can’t tell you how relieved our family was. Mike, from the bottom of my heart, I thank you and your team. My family and I will be forever grateful for what you did. My Dad was honored and we say THANK YOU and May GOD Bless the Patriot Guard Riders.
Mike, please pass this on to each and every hero that was out there yesterday honoring my Father and our family.
Again, thank you so much
Thank you all riders who participated last Friday in my fathers burial. If he could see from heaven he was surely smiling and honored. May God Bless you ALL.
James Berlin Hoover
James Berlin Hoover
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the service you provided for my father-in-law. You gave a decorated war hero, veteran, father and friend an opportunity take his last motorcycle ride alongside fellow veterans. When the Patriot Guard arrived with Mr. Hoover’s cremains I could picture him smiling from ear-to-ear. We could not have imagined a better service and the Patriot Guard was a big part of what made it so amazing. Thank you again.Matt Kern
My husband’s service was held on March 16th in Fayetteville, NC. I just wanted to say thank you to every rider who stood in honor of him. The PGR is truly an amazing organization!
Tommy McBrides Service
Saturday May 4th we said farewell to my uncle, Staff Sgt Tommy McBride 97, Army Air Corp, WWII. We were greatly blessed to have the PGR stand for Tommy. These kind members were also his pall bearers as I thought it more appropriate to have those who really understand. I do this instead of funeral home staff. The turnout of PGR members that day was amazing. The Guards presence from his arrival at church, escort to cemetery, pall bearers and how on each side they stood in solemn respect. Uncle Tommy would’ve hated the fuss – he always thought someone else was more deserving than he – he would’ve absolutely loved the PGR being with us that day. As a PGR member, I’d never been on the family side. It’s always a privilege to stand for those who gave so much for so many. Thank you all for helping to give Thomas J McBride a very appropriate Send off. Roger & Out “MAC”
Robert Don Holt
Dear Patriot Guard Riders of Tallahassee, FL,
It is with respect and gratitude I write you today on behalf of all my family, the family of my daddy – Robert Don Holt.
We had not previously been privileged to attend a funeral at the Tallahassee National Cemetery. What a glorious surprise on Monday 11/18/2019 to arrive to the unexpected flag processional and flanked Committal Shelter by the men and women of the Patriot Guard Riders! My what your color guard added to our last moments all together in memory of “Poppa Holt”, in reverence to God and in honor of this great country – the United States of America . THANK YOU.
As Don grew older his body grew frail but his “patriotic bone” only grew stronger. His sentiments for this Nation under God are precious. It’s one of the many gifts I realize God afforded me in the midst of the turmoil of Daddy’s passing that his date of death landed on Veterans Day! I would love for him to have gotten to observe his own funeral. Everything about it would have made him even prouder of our military, government and country!
Thank you for everything. The plaque is a beautiful expression and it makes for a handsome display coupled with the American flag presented to Momma.
May the good Lord reward you for the kindness you have shown our family and so many other U.S. Veterans.
Emily (Holt) Brown
I would like to thank all of the Cicero, NY, Patriot Guard Riders for honoring my son, HM1 (FMF) Adam Zani on this past Saturday. I thank you all for your service as well as standing out in the rain, presenting me with a plaque to honor Adam and for your thoughtfulness in doing this for Adam. I was very moved by what you did for my son and for my family. My heart is so very broken without my Adam. Thank you again so very much.
Thank you fellow patriot riders for attending my Uncle’s funeral at the National Cemetery the other day. He would of been proud to see fellow veterans and community members showing their respect. GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!
My family and I were so humbled by the honor and respect the men of the PGR showed our family and my father at his funeral at the church and his interment at Biloxi National Cemetery. The men stood with respect at the entrance of the church and the escort to the interment was extremely impressive. What an honor to meet these wonderful men who volunteer their time to show support to the families and honor the men and women who served their country as they are laid to rest. Thank you is not enough but we thank you with all our hearts! The McCormick Family
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans & War Dog Remembrance Event
On behalf of VVA Chapter 787, we thank you for supporting the Welcome Home Vietnam Veteran & War Dog Remembrance event held on March 23rd, 2019.
Harvey H. Klee
Thank Y’all so much for doing the SERVICE for my Husband yesterday, August 17th in Llano. Y;all made it such a perfect Memorial Service.
Very Sincerely, Suzanne Klee
Peter Joseph Orlando Service on 7/1/19
Just wanted to thank you so much for attending my husbands funeral on July 1st at the DFW National Cemetery. This meant more that words can express. You guys made it very special. I also want to thank the lady who took pictures (which we did not expect) and posted them through SmugMug. They were absolutely stunning pictures which I will cherish for the rest of my life. Can not thank you enough. Judy Orlando
It was an honor to see you at the services for Randy DeBerry. Randy is my aunt’s nephew and he and my husband served in the 201st in WV. They weren’t there at the same time, but shared their battles in many conversations.There isn’t enough thank you’s out there for doing what you do.
Colon D. Joiner
I would like to thank the FGR members who escorted our family
to Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell on August 12, 2019.
The names are Roger Shoemaker, David E. Williams (not sure about last name), Jerry Caryanto (not sure about last name), Larry and Nancy Backenoto, and Jim McK…… They could not have been more respectful, and because they were thoughtful, we are very grateful.
Edgar David Gross KIA Pearl Harbor, Veteran
The words “Thank you” are not enough for the honor and respect you all showed for our Uncle Ed!! What you did for us was beyond measure! The most beautiful sight was seeing your Patriot Guard carrying the large flags, walking up the road ahead of the caisson caring Uncle Ed’s casket. One in the guard was in a wheel chair, which showed his true dedication! That was indeed the most honorable and respectful burial service that I have ever seen! Memorial Day 2019 will be remembered and retold forever by all who attended. Thank you again from myself and all of the Edgar David Gross Family!
Margaret Gross New
Sgt. Anthony R Maddox Memorial Highway
To Rick Dailey, Jr. And Michael Faulk, Illinois Patriot Guard Riders Section 4 leaders and other PGR motorcycle riders;
On May 18, 2019, a section of Interstate 55 from exit 167( Veterans Pkwy) to Exit 171(City of Towanda) was dedicated and renamed: Sgt. Anthony R Maddox Memorial Highway. Thank you for honoring our son, leading the motorcade of motorcycles and Jeep’s and participating in our ceremony to remember his military service, sacrifice, and legacy. This was a very special day for our family and community, and we are so very grateful you led the procession.
The Maddox Family
Send off of Illinois Army from Chicago
I would like to thank you for the wonderful escort that you had given to the 400 soldiers that left out of Chicago headed to Peoria in which you gave them an escort all the way. My son in law was on that bus. He sent videos to his pregnant wife which is a veteran herself knowing that you all made sure he had a safe journey and a great escort to Peoria eased our minds. It is so hard writing this knowing that he will soon be traveling overseas to a war zone. But knowing there is people like all of you out there who gave him the best day by the wonderful escort is all we need to know this will be ok and he will come home safely. So from the bottom of my heart, my daughters and my grand daughters thank you so much. You all have done great work. Not only with this escort but back in 2006 my son lost a very close friend in Iraq and you all were there.
I just wanted to Thank the St Louis Metro PGR for their support of our mission to bring our Sister Cindy back to Springfield MO. It was an honor.
Air Force Colonel Victor D. Rossi
To Ride Captain Dan Parnell,The family of Air Force Colonel Victor D. Rossi wishes to thank you and the entire Patriot Guard Riders for honoring him and escorting his procession to his final resting place at Jefferson Barracks on 04MAR19. The pride we felt to witness all of you pay respect to him was overwhelming. I know Colonel Rossi felt the same pride and honor as did his family and friends.Please know the certificate and written condolences booklet that you presented to me will be kept with pride and handed down to his family, thank you.With eternal gratitude,Mrs. Victor D. Rossi
James W Ferguson
It has been about 4 or 5 years that my dad has been gone and we was never able to find an address to send a thank you letter to the ones who showed up for his memorial we want them to know that we appreciated them for showing up for him I know he would have been so pleased and honored to have them
Billy Don Buchalla Naval Firefighter
I would like to express my utmost appreciation for the plaque that was given in honor of my father Billy Don Buchalla. The plaque I will hold dearest to my heart, as I feel it is a little of him that I can still treasure when I think of him. PGR thoughtfulness means more than words can express.
The family of Dan A. Harrison, sincerely thanks the Patriot Guard for your kind escort of us for Dan’s funeral.
Helen G. Harrison
Ulis C. Steely
It hardly seems that an entire month has passed since we welcomed our fallen hero, Ulis C. Steely home from Pearl Harbor where he was killed in action aboard the Oklahoma in the bombing on that horrific day; December 7, 1941. There are not enough words for myself and my husband, Dean, Ulis’s grandson to express our gratitude to the Patriot Guard Riders.
When Dean and I arrived at Lexington Airport Gate 5 to be led onto the tarmac we could not believe our eyes. The sight of over one hundred bikes and cars lined up waiting for the plane carrying Ulis home was breathtaking. We were both in tears as we rounded the corner and saw the rows of people waiting to welcome Ulis home.
As we got out, we met family members from Corbin for the very first time. There were no strangers in the crowd. Everyone was there for the same reason, and every single soul welcomed us with a handshake or a warm embrace. We were all family.
Riders paid Ulis an unbelievable honor with their escort home from Lexington Airport. Their members posted guard 24/7 watching guard over Ulis overnight while he rested in the Hart Funeral Home awaiting his funeral the following day. The morning of the services, we were led by a full escort with Amazing Grace playing from the rider just behind the hearse as Ulis made his way up the approached to the Church on the Hill. Flags lined the entire length of the long driveway as we made our way along the drive and into the church where his services were held. Again, as we were led to the cemetery, we rounded the corner, and were met with a sea of red, white and blue flags flying in Ulis’s honor. The time and thought that was given into placing each of those flags with care was not over-looked by the grateful family as we pulled up just behind the hearse and watched as the Navy unloaded the titanium hearse out of the rear of the car.
Thank you to the Patriot Guard Riders of Southeast Kentucky, we are forever in your debt. The honor and distinction the men and women displayed as they paid their respects for our grandfather renewed our faith in mankind.
Gary Sweeny out-did himself as the Ride Captain for this mission, and we want to personally thank BT Barnett and his friends who stood watch over Ulis all night long before the funeral, and personally placed all those beautiful flags at the church and the cemetery. We cannot begin to tell each and every one of you who made this such a hero’s welcome home how much the contribution of your time and honor meant to us. We met friends we will cherish the rest of our lives. Thank you to each and every one of you. You all know who you are.
Dear Patriot Guard,
On behalf of my family I would like to thank you for your attention and thoughtful efforts during my father’s funeral service. My father, Corporal Duron served our nation during the Korean conflict with Company B, 759th Military Police Battalion in occupied Germany. A feeling of patriotic pride filled our hearts as you selflessly lifted our hearts during the service in addition to providing service to our great nation. Thank you.
Harold P. Schwerdt
It is with deep gratitude to write you. Your presence at Harold Schwerdt’s wake and funeral, your respect and honor – touched my family. The Patriot Guard Riders were a beautiful guide as we prepared to lay Pop to his final resting place. Thank you for standing beside our family, and our Harold, during this difficult time. He was a true patriot, and it was wonderful to see such support.
the Family of Harold P. Schwerdt
MG Bill C. Branson
We appreciate the support shown, and kind words of condolences offered, to our family during our time of sorrow.
Bill was fortunate to have two careers he loved, and even more fortunate to meet so many wonderful people through both of them.
Bill was a true patriot and greatly respected your organization and its mission. He was very proud of the Patriot Guard, and it’s participation in numerous burials for our homeless veterans.
Thank you for giving him a “Patriot Guard” send off.
Juanita Branson and Family
As requested we wanted to share the film in memoriam of William Meditz WWII vet. https://vimeo.com/352632556
Leo J. Perras
To all of those who came to honor Leo J. Perras,
I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for honoring my father and ushering him to his final resting place. I would also like to say thank you for honoring and helping all veterans and their families through such difficult times. One final thank you, for your service.
It was truly comforting and special to have you there, not just for my father, but for all of us.
Kind and humble regards,
Captain Maurice Smith
My family and I would like to thank the patriot guards for honoring our father, husband and grandfather. He would have been pleased.
The sight of the Patriot Guard at my dad’s funeral October 22nd was the most touching moment. My dad was a proud Veteran and we are very proud of him. My family including my mom wants to thank each and every Veteran that honored my dad and our country. I will never forget it.
It has been my pleasure to be a nurse at our local VA for over 25 years and my gratitude for your generosity of time and respect could never be repaid.
Sincerely. The Peinkofer Family
Kenneth R. Morton
On May 3rd you rode for my husbands funeral. You were fantastic. Your service inspires others to remember and honor our service men and women. The procession you led traveling from the church to the grave side inspired people to get out of their cars in the poring rain and salute as we passed. Ken would have been so proud. You made me feel like he was finally honored for his service in Vietnam. I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart.Janice Mortonand family
Jeffery Lee Spencer
I just watched the escort go through the back of the winchester plaza. As a veteran that was both chilling and awe inspiring to see. Keep up the good work helping to honor Kentucky veterans.
James Barrett Jr (Greenville, NC)
Thank you for your service to our veterans and to our family. May God Bless the Patriot Guard Riders!
My daddy Clyde Morgan ?
My father is in the hospital on hospice. And I had someone bring me one of yalls stars. It made my day. Sitting here watching him die everyday has not been easy. And trying to find the easiest way to bring him home (cremate) has been hard. This little star made me happy to know someone cared about about him thank you.
My grandson was killed in an auto motorcycle accident in Odessa Tx. He was a very patriotic young man and the Patriot Riders were at his funeral this meant a lot to me and my son who served in Iraq. I am sooty it has taken this long to express my appreciation. Thank you again from a very grateful grandmother and if there is anything I can do please let me know. God Bless All of You
Thank you for helping me bury my husband by escorting him to his grave. I think of you and say a prayer for all of you often. Thank you all.
James duty funeral
My family would like to thank everyone who showed up and honored my father and my family. We were so proud to have the PGR stand with us at this very difficult time, my dad would have been so proud to know he was shown such respect and honor. Again thank you from the bottom of our hearts
Melvin Ray Cook
I would like to sincerely thank the PGR for their service and attendance at my fathers funeral and at graveside. They were wonderful, much appreciated and very helpful.
Many thanks, Melvin Ray Cook II
Funeral service for Jimmy Dwain Dike
We are so very grateful for honoring Jimmy Dike at his service on October 3rd. You provide a beautiful tribute to our country’s service men and women! God bless each of you for your time and the kindness you offered.
Charles Theodore Whitlock
Our family would like to thank the Virginia Patriot Guard District 4 team headed by Jim McGinley for their extremely professional and memorial honor services provided to my father, Charles T. Whitlock, of Henrico, Virginia, on 19 & 20 April 2019. My father had observed the Patriot Guard Riders during a local news feature in the Richmond area just a couple months before his passing. He had mentioned how he’d kind of like to have them be part of his funeral when that time came. I made a note of that and checked out the website for future reference. Jim McGinley and his crew made us feel very, very special and even our relatives visiting from out of state mentioned how impressive they were. Thanks again for standing with us to honor my father and his service to our nation. God Bless You All!
Robert L Lewis
The family of Robert L Lewis would like to say thank you for the Honor and Respect shown our loved one. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless you all and God Bless the U S A
Thank you so much for all you did to honor my Uncle at his visitation and funeral. The weather was nasty and wet but you all rode with pride. Thank you for opening the doors countless times as family and friends came in and out of the doors all day. From all of my family, thank you again for making such a special tribute to our Uncle!
The Milwaukee Police Department deeply appreciates and gratefully acknowledges your kind expression of sympathy following the death of Officer Matthew J. Rittner. It will always be remembered.
Memorial Day at the Chapel in the Hills
Dear Patriot Guard Riders:
On behalf of the Chapel in the Hills, we wish to thank you once again for your participation in this year’s Memorial Day service at the Chapel in the Hills. Your avenue of flags and color guard added so much to the service—and your flexibility to move indoors because of the persistent rain was admirable. We appreciate it very much.
Should we hold this service again next Memorial Day, we certainly hope that you will consider participating as usual.
Brian Kringen, Managing Director
Chapel in the Hills
William P. Ducharme
I wanted to thank you so much for attending my father’s service last weekend. The flag line was beautiful and I’m humbled at how many of you were there. I am so grateful for your support and kind words. Thank you for all that you do and honoring those who have served.
Pellie Richard Burgett, Hot Springs, AR
It has been 10 years since my father’s passing. I still remember the Patriot Guard with the Flags. There’s not too many things I remember. He’s passing was unexpected and I was in a fog of shock. But I do remember you. He would have loved it! Thank you for what you do for our loved ones!
Chris Kyle, Chad Littlefield
I am currently reading American Wife, it is the book by Taya Kyle.I had not heard of your organization until she mentioned your presence at the services for Mr. Chad Littlefield, and her husband, Mr. Chris Kyle.I just want to say a simple Thank You.I know it isn’t much from me to say that, but what you do for these families is truly amazing.God Bless you all.
Hugo Lemus mass,burial,service
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts, you were all so kind and brought great comfort to his wife, children family and parents. Your kindness, strength, and honor guarding him to his final resting place is a moment that is embedded in our hearts. Thank you so much for your service to our country and keeping us safe.
As I walked out of
As I walked out of Kutis funeral home in Affton this morning for my best friends mothers funeral the Patriot Guard Riders were staging to honor a fallen hero. We had a very small group to honor his mother and as we all looked up the Guard was standing shoulder to shoulder paying their respect for someone they didn’t even know or that was even a member of any service.You guys are amazing at what you do not only for our heroes but for any individual!!!Thank You!!!!
I would like to personally thank each and every single one of the Patriot Guard Riders who stood guard honoring my grandfather, Colin Doig. He loved his country and bled red, white, and blue. When he was able, he took much pride in carrying The American Flag during the Parade. I couldn’t be more honored to have a TRUE American Hero as my own grandpa!! Thank you all so much for being there…..it means so much to us all. (Especially my 3 year old son who was running around wearing his Great Papa’s WWII Veteran hat….he is still talking about the motorcycles and shaking all of your hands!)
Rick PGR staff
I would like to do a shout out for all your work, everything appears to be working now, Nice job
Allen Donald Vicznesky
As a new Patriot Guard Rider and Army Veteran, it has been an honor to ride for our Fallen heroes. Last month brought a greater meaning and respect as I was able to ride with my fellow patriots. Amanda Hasselbach was the ride captain for my Hero and Father “Allen Donald Vicznesky”. This was here first mission as Ride Captain.Many friends and family were very impressed on the way the Guard Riders conducted themselves both during the escort and flag line. Eternal thanks to all who were able to ride that day. I will stand with the PGR until the PGR stands for me. “Papa Bear”
Funerals for William R Simpson
My Father was a WWII Navy Veteran. He passed away October 28, 2019 in Longview, TX. Your Organization honored him in Longview on Sat, Nov 2 and then the following Tues in Midland on Nov 5th. I had never been to a Funeral where your Organization was present and I can’t tell you how impressed I was at both of Dads’. I was so touched that I actually asked the gentlemen who appeared to be the leader in Midland if I could hug him. My Dad was not only shown respect but so was the Family and of course the American Flag. I will pray for your continued work with other Families.
YOU ARE TRUE AMERICANS WITH HEART AND PATRIOTISM!
Roy Douglas “Doug” Rikard
I want to thank the Patriot Guard Riders in Las Vegas, Nevada for escorting our loved one, Marine and Vietnam Veteran, Roy D Rikard, with honors to his final resting place. A big thank you to Rick who told me not to worry, they’d be there to honor Doug and a big thank you to Tim who never left my side and made sure that I had all the help I needed. What a loving and respectful thing you do for our veterans, police officers, first responders, and all those that are there for us every day. You are there for them on their last journey home. Thank you and God bless you Patriot Guard Riders.. YOU ROCK!!
John r Smith jr
Thank you for for all that you’ve done for our family. We appreciate the send off the patriot guard has given to our loved one. John lived for riding and we wanted to make sure he got everything he deserved and we are grateful you all gave him that final ride he deserved. Thank you for all that you do. -the smith family
Peter Anthony Ferachi
Bob, Craft, James,Leonard, Roland, Sam, Mr.Gale,
Words cannot begin to express the range of emotions felt at the sight of the Patriot Guard Riders, first at the funeral home then the cemetery. The kind and sincere words at the service,the beautiful honor these heroes showed our father,grandfather,great-grandfather. In this world today veterans are not always give the respect they deserve so to have these wonderful people give our family their time, respect and dedication is beyond what we ever expected. May God bless and keep you and yours forever in his heart. We are so honored and proud to have you with us at this very difficult time. I know my father was smiling on us all seeing that his service to our country was acknowledged and appreciated. From the bottom of our hearts -THANK YOU
The Patriot Riders were at my brothers memorial service in Tyler Texas on Saturday. I live in California and could not go myself. I truly appreciate that they were there. My brother was a Vietnam veteran. My father was a WWII veteran and both truly loved their country. Both were Navy. Thank you so much for your service .
Roland J. Frodigh
My Family and I would like to thank our neighbor and friend, Patrick J. Segui, his Wife Kalja, and the many PGR for their support at our Father, Roland J. Frodigh (WWII decorated Navy Veteran) and his wife/our Mother’s memorial and celebration of life service. The PGR flag line was a site to behold and we all felt humbled by the line of American flags and the beautiful Men and Women who stood by them. Thank you Patrick and Kalja for standing for those who stood for US! God Bless you all, The Frodigh Family
Willie J. Lattimore
On behalf of the entire Lattimore family, I would like to express our most sincere gratitude for services you provided for my WWII Veteran father, Willie J. Lattimore on 4/12/19. As a retired Navy Master Chief, I was particularly impressed with the reverence and honor extended to my family during this solemn occasion.The Patriot Guard Rider attendants, both veteran and non veteran alike, were respectful and dignified in the honors rendered. Additionally, I would like to express my personal thanks for the challenge coin presented to me at the Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery in Rayville, La.It was an honor to have the Patriot Guard Riders in attendance at my father’s funeral. Thank you for a job exceptionally well done.With respect,Reginald LattimoreACCM(AW) USN (Ret.)
Julius E. Haeckel, Jr, 13 July 2019, St Peters MO
To all of those in the St Peters MO Patriot Guard Riders that honored Julius Haeckel on 13 July 2019 at Laurel Hills Cemetery.
Thank you so much for your participation in Jules Haeckel’s burial. He was a WWII Navy veteran and patriotic American. He was also our Dad, Grandpa and Great-Grandpa. The honors you bestowed upon him that day will live with us for the rest of our lives. What a great contribution. Thanks again from our entire family!
Charles Raymond Hall
A great big hug and thank you, for escorting , carrying and presentation. Chuck(Charles) would have been so excited and humbled to have motor cycles riding with him on his final ride. I can never say thank you all enough for this gester and kindness.
Max E. Smith
Thank you for the honor you bestowed upon Max E. Smith, a NYARNG 9/11 First Responder hero. I was touched as a wife who’s husband served with Max in the 342d FSB at 9/11. The work you do is so important for our families. Thank you again.
Louis Daniel Miller
Thank you for honoring my father with respect at his funeral, it was beautiful. He was in WWII.
Thank you for your service
Nannie “Nan” Maddox
To ALL PGRs that attended visitation and funeral service for 2nd Lt Nannie “Nan” Maddox … THANK YOU for ALL the services, prayers and fellowship you’ve provided yesterday and today.Words can’t express what your being there for Nan’s final journey has meant to Nancy, myself and all Nan’s friends.May God bless and keep each of you forever close to HIS heart.
Winthop Bernard Miller, Retired MSG
You did an awesome job in memory of my spouse. He retired from the US Army in 1998 and he passed away in Feb 2015. You did an awesome job. You did exactly as you said you would. People are still talking about how wonderful it was to see. I would like to thank you and make a contribution to your organization. Thank you so much for a memorable occasion. How can I recommend you to other soldiers?
It has only been a few hours since the service but I cannot express enough how much it meant to me to have you guys there at my grandpa’s funeral. Several people commented about how thoughtful and respectful it was to have you guys there and I truly from the bottom of my heart want to thank each and every one of you. I wish I could send a letter to all of those involved. But once again thank you, it meant the world to me. I know my grandpa was smiling down while he was watching ❤️ And thank you to each of you that have fought and served for our country, I am so thankful for our freedom! God bless!
John Spencer Willamette Natl Cem
Thank you. Your service meant all the world to us. Most Excellent.
I want to thank Cleet and all of the dozen men who participated in my husband’s burial service at Georgia National Cemetery on November 26, 2018. Your presence was such a special part of the ceremony, providing additional honor and dignity for my husband. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate all of you and everything you did to make that day memorable in every good way. God bless you for your selfless service.
CDR Beth E. Patridge, USN, Ret
I cannot thank everyone enough for their service in this mission honoring a long time friend and shipmate. When I contacted PGR I wasn’t sure if there was time enough to make this happen. THEN, on a cold and snowy day, the dedicated group showed up, honored Beth and those who attended her funeral by standing guard both at the funeral home, during the ride to Arlington, and then at Arlington itself. Everyone who attended was both touched and impressed by the care and professionalism of the PGR. I have a picture which I’d like to send…but not sure how to do that. I’m thinking via email to the Captain of the PGR for Virginia? Please advise.PGR will ALWAYS have my utmost respect–everyone who attended could not agree more. Her brother was so touched by their service during this mission. Thank you ALL for YOUR service in this vital way for those who have left us. May your path be blessed and protected…forever.
SSG (Ret) Nathaniel Truesdale
The family thank you for your quick response to honor our love one at his funeral and procession to the Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Your representative made the request process a breeze. Your presence added the special humbling touch. God bless your organization and staff for what you do.
Russell Mandziara Funeral
We want to say thank you so much for attending my husband’s funeral. My husband would have been so happy and honored to know that you all where there. You were so very respectful to my husband and family. We appreciate all you do, truly amazing group of men.
I would like to thank all the patriot guard riders for giving my stepdad a great send off and ride to Saratoga national cemetery THANK YOU!!!!!!
SGT Donal W. Bunn
I just wanted to express my appreciation and greatest respects for the Ohio State Patriot Guard Riders that were present for Donnie’s Memorial Service. The patriotism and dedication of the men who were present during Donnie’s service were incredibly professional and devoted to ensuring that Donnie was honored and given the respect that he ultimately deserves! I cannot express in words how appreciative everyone was of these consummate professionals. From family, friends, Veterans and current service members who knew Donnie and were able to attend, everyone was virtually speechless and honored that they could be there! This Veteran highly commends all the men from the Ohio Chapter that were present!Thank You.With much love and respect.Andrew WeistUS. ArmySFC (R)
A big shoutout to the Patriot guard riders I saw today (about 6 of them) traveling on Rt 195 E towards Wareham, MA and then on Rte towards the Cape around 11-11:30 am. My son had a military funeral but it was held at Otis National Cemetary so no one could come to it like the people that harass military funerals held off the base. Please know how much you are appreciated and loved by so many.
Donald ‘Chip’ Morrison
I’ve done memorial and funeral details a number of times with the Patriot Guard Riders but this time meant a lot to me and our family and we wanted to say a special thank you for all you do for the families and for our fallen comrades
Our family was very honored and appreciated having the honor guards at my father’s funeral. You guys were wonderful, holding the doors open for us, and putting up the flag display as well as taking them to the cemetery as well. You guys were very very respectful to everybody and again we Thank you.
The Heesch Family
I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for helping me give my father the best service possible. Thank you.
Joe Kelly Reynolds
My husband was a Captain on Berryhill Fire Department. He passed away on March 13th, 2018. The Patriot Guard came to his memorial service and presented me a plaque. I cannot thank them enough for being there that day. It meant the world to me and my sons.
Vincent Lexy Politte
My siblings and I wish to thank all the PGR that took part in the funeral of our brother, Vincent Lexy Politte at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas on 7-30-18. We were truly honored by your presence and show of patriotism. Please convey our thanks to all those that took part.
Dorothy Politte Culp
Robert Hollie Jenkins
The Patriot Guard are honorable, caring, devoted, loving and patriotic Americans. Our family would like to thank all of you for helping honor the life of Robert Hollie Jenkins at his visitation, funeral, processional and graveside, a Korean War Army Vet. Y’all are the best! God Bless!
John W. McPherson
I wanted to extend my thanks for their act of support and respect shown to the family and the wonderful Final respect rendered to my Father In-Law and the family.
Earl Fisher Veteran of the month
Thank you for showing your respect for this WWII Veteran as he was honored as Veteran of the month. We would like to donate for gas or other items so you can continue this wonderful act of kindness and pride.
Timothy James Wineland
Thank you so much to the PGR who stood for my friend today. To Rich Vernon, Ride Captain, a very special thank you for putting this together on such short notice. It is always so touching to see the PGR especially knowing that this is truly a mission of the heart. Tim was one of the most patriotic Americans that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing and was so honored/proud to have served his country. He would have had a smile a mile wide to have seen each of you standing there today.
On behalf of his family, our sincere appreciation for being there today and for all that you do.
Former President of FL Blue Star Moms
Chapter 1 (no longer an active chapter)
Driving west on a Thursday evening could have been slow, so I drove the backroads the entire way from Shakopee to St Michael tonight. It was a beautiful evening for a drive through the country. In the small town of Fletcher, I saw a group of Patriot Guard Riders on their Harleys as they approached the four-way stop sign ? from my right. I motioned all of them through as they approached turning left, while giving them waves and thumbs up. Then I heard one fella say loudly, “SHE knows!” Honestly, I recognized a couple of the riders from my husband‘s (Harlan Johnson) funeral!! Then I started to cry! Happy tears! It was a great day! Thanks for making it special by crossing my path today – and for being at my husband’s funeral on 6/7/14. I hope you all feel huge appreciation for being there for the soldier and their family. I know Harlan was very proud of his 33 years of service and your utmost respect for him was so very special. Now I get emotional when I hear about or see the Riders, as I know another soldier, widow and family is going to experience your support and warm presence!! ????
Andrew Gale Thomson
Having the PGR escort our father and stand for him at his final service was the most amazing and touching event in our lives. I can’t begin to thank the members for their quick response on such short notice and their reverent and honorable manner that each one displayed will never be forgotten. Your organization and it’s members can call on this family and know we will be at your aide and on your side for any one of you.
Kenneth Raymond Howey
Much thanks to the Patriot Guard for showing dignity and respect to my father, Kenneth Howey. Thank you for your continued service to veterans and their families. Our family was impacted by the honor shown at the funeral home, ride to Florida National Cemetery, and at the service on September 24, 2018.
Armando Martinez burial Leander Texas October 27, 2018
I can never “Thank” the 18 riders that attended my husbands burial service at the Bagdad Cemetery on Saturday October 27,2018. May God bless you all ! Your presence was a great honor to my husband and the family. I am so proud of his 20 years service in the United States Air Force. You beautiful people and the team from Lackland AFB made our whole day filled with love and pride a little more bearable. Again “Thanks to you all”
a very proud wife of Armando Martinez
Richard C Wear
Thank you Patriot Guard for giving my best friend the send-off he deserved. You are truly the heart of America.
You guys. Patriots guard.
Thank you guys . your real true Americans . I pray you guys are there when I decease.
Thank you for going above the call of duty in escorting Mr Sell’ s procession on a nearly 5 hour trip from Boonville, Mo to central Illinois. Special thanks to Dave Wallingford for acting as ride captain for organizing the route picking up many more riders at each stop. Truly an amazing honor and tribute to Mr Sell and his family.
Markland Yager Funeral Home
New Franklin, Mo.
For All That You Do
I just wanted you all to know that I think what you do is a God-send!!!
M/Sgt Paul R. Seavy, Sr. USMC
Thank you so much for the guard that you provided for my husband, M/Sgt Paul R. Seavy, Sr. USMC, in Clayton, NJ on August 18, 2018. It was an impressive service and a fitting farewell. My husband would have loved it!
…my mind is able to embrace some very wonderful riders who stood tall in 20 degree weather. Who stood while the wind was stinging in their faces. My stance is if only our country could embrace such respect.
Charles JL Gallegos
What you do is truly amazing and well respected. I could not be more happy to send him off without you’re support.
Donald Edward Perkins US Navy Korean war
You were there for my mom 6 years ago, and now my dad. Thank you for showing these men and women the respect they deserve. You did my parents proud. God bring blessings upon you all.
David Robert Bradley
I wanted to give my thanks for coming out to my Husband’s Funeral on 10/27/2017 at Woods Funeral Home and Shelley Cemetery; both located in Idaho. Those who came made such an impression, not only with my family, but also the Funeral Home and friends that were present.
It is hard enough losing a spouse, but losing a spouse that served his country for 20 years. It is an honor to have your organization present.
Again, thanks for what your organization does, especially in a time of sorrow.
Medical Lake interment, Sept 2018
I want to thank you for your participation in the interment ceremony on Sept 13, 2018. I participated by reading a poem I wrote for the ceremony and felt deeply honored to be asked to do so. As a Veteran, I thank your organization for what you do for these Forgotten Warriors.
Katherine V. McCann
Jacqueline Kulp (Patriot Rider ) rode with Patriot Riders at her mother’s funeral. I feel honored to know my sister in law rode in this event to honor her mother, a great lady and veteran, Katherine V. McCann. It will soon be a year since this going home service. November 29, 2017 in Inverness, FLA. The service of the Patriot Guard Riders is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Our family wishes to thank you, “Patriot Guards,” for being at my dads funeral today. It blesses our hearts and reignites our hope for our beloved country.
Glenn Joseph Jaspers
I appreciate the riders coming out and braving the cold during the funeral and look forward to hearing back from you
MSG Robert Hicks Jr
It has been almost 10 months since my husband’s funeral and I am ashamed that I never thanked all of you.
You honored MSG Robert Hicks Jr on March 9, 2018 with a long ride from Bluebonnet Hills in Colleyville to DFW National Cemetery.
That precious memory will be forever etched in our hearts of the Patriot Guard Riders, escorting my husband’s casket for his final ride home.
I thank you with everything I have, for the honor you gave our hero and his family.
May the Lord bless you and keep all of the Patriot Guard Riders safe forever.
Love, The Hicks Family
Sean C Smith
On behalf of the entire family, I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude for your presence at my father’s funeral services. Dario Bell was extremely sensitive and considerate to my situation and worked to make your mission happen in a manner that provided me with the utmost confidence and reassurance. The professionalism displayed by the PGR was beyond impeccable and impressive.
Thank you doesn’t seem like enough..
Much love and respect to you all…
Thank you for the tribute to my Dad, Harry Corbin, at his funeral on July 19th. My Dad was a 96-year-old World War II veteran. He loved this Country and was so proud that he served in WWII. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast. It was such an honor to have the Patriot Guard Riders escort him on his final ride. It was breathtaking to witness and humbling to see so many men and women give their time to honor my Dad. Many, many thanks from my family.
Emmery G. Eastman
I want to thank the men of the Arkansas Patriot Guard Riders for coming to escort my father, MSGT (Retired) Emmery G. Eastman, on August 31,2018 in Clinton, Arkansas.
The ride captain,Richard Gentry, and the other men left their own families on a holiday weekend to escort and honor him.
The respect and kindness shown our family by these gentlemen meant a lot.
The plaque presented from the Patriot Guard Riders brought my sister to tears.
Donald Ray Meadows
I wanted to send you a thank you card but I could not find an address. I want to thank the Patriots Guard for coming out to honor my husband, Donald Meadows on 06/02/2018 at White Chapel Funeral Home in Gladstone, MO. It meant a lot to me and my family. Thank you for all that you do. It was so much appreciated!!
Charles Olsson Sarasota National Cemetery 3/11/18
I wanted to take the time to thank all of you for attending my father’s service. It truly was an honor to have you there and it made the day special. My dad was a very proud Army veteran, he wore his dog tags with honor til the day he passed. It would have made him truly happy to know that he had a service with full military honors. He now stands down and leaves you to take the watch. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Recently all of you graciously joined our service in laying Mr Rumback to rest. I made a video and thought you’d like to see it.
Kolby Ryan Aud
We want to express our thanks from the bottom of our hearts for your participation, and offering of protection during Kolby’s funeral. We were overwhelmed by the kindness of those who attended, and reminded of the goodwill still present in our world. His funeral was held in Broken Arrow on August 25th. Sorry for the delay in recognizing your deeds!
Cary and Rhonda Aud
I want to thank the PGR for honoring Jackie Bozeman. He would have loved all the bikes and friends. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the men and women who took the time to show such honor to a true American and Vietnam Veteran. Our family will always be grateful for your presence on this day. Thanks to each of you for being ther for him.
Great Lakes Cemetery May 5
Thank you to the Patriot Guard Riders who were at Great Lakes Cemetery May 5. It was wonderful to see all those men and women there to honor a deceased veteran. I thank them for their service and their continued service to America.
God Bless them.
Mary Ellen USAF Veteran
Riverside Club Veterans Celebration
We were so honored and blessed to have 3 of your Patriot Guard Riders provide their services for our community Veterans Day Event.
In addition to being part of the program they also lead our golf cart parade. We are so grateful.
Carole & Dieter Zoellner
Riverside Veterans Group
I am a proud Sons
I am a proud Sons of Amvets Rider, and I want you all to know that I absolutely LOVE what you do, and stand for!!! If ever any of you guys are in MI, and need assistance, look me up at Post #29, Mt. Clemons MI. I go by, Blue. Be well.
Scott A. Wainwright
Thank You, Thank You fro the bottom of heart. Your presence at my sons funeral made him proud. The honor and respect these men and women showed my son cannot be put in words.
Randall Marriott’s funereal
My husband Randall L. Marriott passed away on May 3rd and we had the serve for him on May 11th. We live in Chandler, Arizona. Your organization had 4 gentlemen came to the service and escorted my husband to National Cemetery in Phoenix. My family will thank them forever for their kindness, care, respect and love they showed to my husband and our family. Thank you for your support! It meant so much to us! We will always support you too!
While at Operation Handshake today
While at Operation Handshake today at the Grand Rapids Airport, a lady came up to me to say thank you so much for the greeting with the flags. She just became an American citizen last week & this was so meaningful to her. Thank you for all you do!!
Norman D. Goetz
Your service to our family was amazing and brought more comfort than we could ever express. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! It was one last way to honor our dad, who was a Korean War Veteran.
William C. Lucas, Jr. Cdr USN, USNR Retired
Thank you so much for riding yesterday, honoring my husband, on July 3, 2018 at Georgia National Cemetery, Canton, GA.
He was so proud of serving in the United States Navy, and for our great United States of America.
He had on his Navy uniform blues, in a Navy casket, and then honored by the riders who took the time to make his last appearance on this earth a better day.
I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Vincent Schramm Funeral
I want to thank the Men & Women who take the time to say goodbye to a Veteran. It was so very touching for the PGR to attend my Dad’s funeral this week. Our hearts are broken not having him here on earth with us right now but we have been touched by all the kindness in our world during this time. We are grateful to you all who continue to support our MILITARY…God speed & God Bless you!
David Patrick Comeau
From our family to ours,
A heartfelt thank you for honoring our brother at his memorial service. Thank you all for what you do.
My husband passed away on Memorial Day. He was a 20-year veteran of the Navy. Your group attended his funeral in Georgetown, Texas and burial in Pflugerville, Texas, June 1. It was a glorious sight to see all the flags, the riders, and the honor you brought on my loved one. Thank you for this service. It added a lot to his services, and I really appreciate it.
Therese Ann Henrion
Thank you and all who rode in honor of my wife on Saturday 23, at St Mark Catholic Church, Norman OK. I had many comments on your professionalism and dedication to those hero’s who have taken their final ride. I wish I had taken down the names of all the riders who escorted my wife on that final day so I could personally thank them. I tried to meet as many as I could that morning however, events kind of over took me and I missed that opportunity. My family read aloud the notes left in the back of the framed Patriot Rider Invocation. God Bless you one and all for all that you do for our hero’s.
Charles Kibler Funeral
Dear Patriot Guard Riders,
I wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for serving at my father’s, Charles Kibler, funeral. My father was both a proud veteran and a proud rider. I know having you there made him smile down from above and my family and I were very proud to have you there. Thank you for not only serving, but also for presenting my mother with the plaque and the flag.
Paul Brent Thibodeaux
Thank you so much for bringing the Flags to my husband’s funeral. It meant a lot to me. They were Beautiful.
Donald L Edison
Thank you so much for your presence at our fathers funeral in Sioux Falls SD on December 21, 2018. It made his service so special and would have meant the world to him if he could have seen it! It sure meant a lot to us, his children! Thank you!
LCpl Keanon Brooks 9/7/18
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to pay tribute to my son Keanon Brooks in Jacksonville North Carolina on September 7, 2018
It meant the world to have your group show up and ride through the streets to New River Air Base for him, I just wished I could have thanked you all in person that day, but the emotions of losing my 21 year son was just too overwhelming. I thank you and appreciate all you do. GOD bless you all and be safe out there
I want to extend my appreciation to the Patriot Guard members who rode their motorcycles and lead the funeral procession of my husband Karl Kruger on February 4, 2018, to the Veterans Cemetary. Your involvement in his celebration of life was both honorable and special as he considered his years of military service to be the most memorable years of his life. I cannot remember the name of the leader of your group but I especially would like to offer you my personal appreciation. Thanks so much to all of you. Jeanne Kruger
LCpl Chase Smith
I wanted to personally thank each of you on behalf of the Smith Family in Childersburg, AL. You will never know how much you mean to our family. The support you showed on September 10 to our Marine was incredible. We appreciate the dedication you have to our country. LCpl Chase Smith was only 24 years old and will be deeply missed. Each of you helped us celebrate his life in the most amazing way. We cannot make you understand how much we appreciate each of you. We will pray that God blesses you and your family the same way you blessed our family. Thank you again for your support in this tragic event.
I wanted to thank you for everything you did at the service and for my Mother In law. Everyone appreciated it so much and it really meant a lot to us. Thank you so much.
I wanted to thank each of you for your love, honor and respect for our son. You have no idea what your participation, your coins and the love and kindness that you gave us meant.
Your presence at the church and at Bear Creek Cemetery was a special tribute to Kathryn and her family.
Your organization has given our family great peace and comfort with your presence and participation in honoring our fathers life and service to this great country. Our most heartfelt thanks. We know how proud our dad would be at the most honored farewell he never would have imagined in life.
Sincerely, The Family of Sgt William D Ritchie.
Curtis James Stewart
We would like to thank you so much for your services today at my Grandfather’s funeral. My Grandfather served in the Navy and it was a huge part of his life. I do not know the names of the riders that led our procession today, but I can’t tell you how much we appreciate what they did. The flags flying from the motorcycles made us feel so proud of the life and service of my Grandfather. I did not know about the PGR service until my uncle told us of it, I am so glad he did. Thank you so much for what you do, it means more than you can ever know. We will be leaving a donation for your organization to show our gratitude.
Thank you so much!
Karen Hollar (Granddaughter)
Katie Bettencourt (Daughter)
Sgt Eugene Mc Bride
It is with heartfelt gratitude that the family of Sgt Eugene McBride offers thanks for the Patriot Guard’s presence before and during the funeral of our brother/uncle. After 73 years, this fallen soldier was brought home and buried without incident. The respect, dignity, protection during extreme cold and windy weather was greatly appreciated. There is nothing more moving than a military funeral and in this case, no one from the military knew Gene. Although gone 73 years, his family in arms came out to say goodbye and honor his service. God Bless the Patriot Guards, the military, and our country!
Today in Government class we got into a discussion and learned of the Westboro Baptist Church and their protesting at the funerals of our fallen heroes. I was disgusted, then we learned of the patriot riders. My emotions almost overtook me in the gratefulness and love I have for each and every rider. I appreciate with my full heart what the riders stand for and do to respect the amazing men and women who give their life in service of our country and us as people. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart I thank you so very much.
John Q Kennedy
I wanted to send my thanks from the family to Bruce Holmes, State Captain, along with Betty and Dennis Wright, ride captains.
Louis Gene Miller
I thank you for what you did for Louis Gene Miller and his wife Marsha and all the rest of his family. It finally is time for the fallen in Nam and every war and the returnees from Nam and every war to be honored they way that they deserved to be honored when we came back and were dishonored for serving in Nam.
Robert Lundberg funeral 9/22/18
On behalf of my family I would like to thank Lenny for attending my dad’s funeral in Eaton Rapids, Mi on 9/22/18. Pulling into the funeral home and seeing the flags was beyond moving. Having Lenny at the door to greet and watch over us was incredibly comforting. When he made the plaque presentation to my Mom there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Your organization is amazing and made a painful day a little more tolerable. On behalf of the family of Robert Lundberg, I thank you all.
Gregorio Oscar Perez Funeral
I just wanted to give my sincere thanks to the Patriot Guard riders that assisted with my dads funeral on Thursday 10-5-18 in Lubbock & Petersburg Texas. My dad was a retried 82nd Airborne Special Forces vet who served for 22 years! Thank you so very much!
Captain Vito called me back almost immediately after I contacted them and explained what the Patriot Guard Riders do and what they are all about. On October 29, 2018 as we pulled into the cemetary to put Ed in his final resting place with his wife of 71 years, there they were…Guarding Ed and Marge’s crypt. Proudly and respectfully holding their flags. I immediately broke down in tears as finally, Ed was being honored like we all knew that he should. Thank you so much to Captain Vito, his team of riders and the entire Patriot Guard Riders Volunteer group. Your presence on our day of sorrow made all of the difference in the world! I know that Ed was saluting you all from heaven and smiling down on you! God Bless You All!!
Larry D MacTavish
I would just like to thank you guys for taking the time to do what you do not only just for my dad this past Saturday in Red Lion Pa, but for all of the American heroes.
Luther Max Upchurch
What a beautiful tribute to our 94 year old dad, Air Force, at his funeral in Shreveport, LA. Yesterday. GOD Bless.
Andrew Akio Hiye
The Riders came to my dad’s services at Fort Bliss National Cemetery and I wanted to thank each and everyone of the riders for attending and honoring him. It was so touching and I know my dad was smiling in heaven. The service you provide cannot be matched by any organization. Our family cannot say thank you enough.
Funeral service for father on Nov. 16, 2018
My name is Jeanelle Cesena and I believe your riders provided service at my father’s funeral at St. Mark’s Catholic parish in Independence, MO on November 16, 2018. My father, Roy J. Mitchell was a Korean vet and my family was very grateful for the service at the burial service. I failed to ask several of the riders for their contact information but it appears your riders may have assisted at my father’s service. And if so, I am very grateful for your service in supporting my mother during a difficult time. Thank you and God bless you all.
Arthur Jeffery Noble
I want to thank the PGR Funeral Escort. My Son’s mission: Arthur Jeffery Noble, June 23rd, Grandview, WA. Our Captain was John Harpe, Yakima, WA We are very pleased with the mission for my Son. Everyone was professional yet showed respect simply by there for us. Thanks & We will not forget our VETS, our Heroes.
Robert S “Rocky” Hicks
The honor you gave my husband on March 9, 2018 as the Patriot Guard Riders of North Texas escorted his casket from Colleyville, Texas to the DFW National Cemetery will be a memory that my boys, my family and I will forever have etched on our hearts.
You all took him on that long ride home to his final resting place with such honor and dignity and when there were no pallbearers present for his casket, all of you became family as you became his pallbearers.
Thank you for giving our Rocky, a heroes farewell, we are eternally grateful for your hard work, kindness and honor.
Charles B. Young
Our a family wants to thank you for this wonderful tribute! It was truly beautiful! They were so kind and thoughtful and respectful. My husband would have been so proud! VETERANS honoring VETERANS. Thank you!
USMC Staff Sergeant Jonathan Turner
I have read articles about you for years and just want you to know how much you are appreciated.
David Fischer Procession
Thank you very much in assisting our team with the events of the Line of Duty Death (LODD) of Assistant Chief David Fischer of Sturgis, S.D. Dave was also a member of the SD National Guard’s Civil Support Team. God Bless
Coordinator, SD-LAST (Sturgis)
Funeral of Sergeant Major A.G. Wright (Ret.)
Dear Patriot Riders,
It is with sincere gratitude that I express my deep appreciation for your presence and motorcycle escort at my father’s funeral (Sergeant Major A.G. Wright, Ret.) on 19 June 2018 in Sarasota, Florida.
The Patriots contributed beautifully to the ceremony at the National Cemetery by individually saluting my father’s casket and forming a flag line for me to escort my mother through upon completion.
I received many compliments from family and friends about how touching their tribute was, and the entire Wright family is collectively grateful.
Please know that you have my personal gratitude in providing the Sergeant Major a proper and fitting tribute to his service to our Corps and Nation.
J.A. Wright (Son)
Colonel, U.S. Marines
Kenneth Mac Caraway
I want to thank Beth, our mission coordinator, Billy Morgan, our Ride Captain, and the Patriot Guard Riders from Apple Valley, Ridgecrest, and Tehachapi, California for honoring my brother-in-law at his escort and interment in Bakersfield National Cemetery. I have ridden many missions with the PGR and all are accomplished with great respect and love for the families involved. In this instance, the Caraway family simply could not stop talking about the PGR, their love for Country, the respect demonstrated at the interment, their professionalism and the outpouring of love they provided to our entire family. I am confident my brother in law was looking down from Heaven and would want all to know he is most proud of the riders, the sacrifice they made in some very hot weather, the honor provided to him, and the love and compassion demonstrated to my sister and family. May God Bless all of you and watch over you on every mission. You are doing God’s work on every mission. Semper Fi PGR!!!!
Clare William Morton
Thanking all who were there honoring Clare on Tuesday June 26th at the Great Lakes National Cemetary…
Your attendance was dignified and beautiful and touched all that were gathered for this wonderful man who loved his country … words cannot express how grateful we are that you there for us .
Sincerely, Roberta and family
I just wanted to thank you all for being there for Tayler Dillon and our family on July 12th.
I just wanted to thank you all for honoring my grandfather; Marty Brown, at his visitation Monday 7/16/18. Serving this amazing country and riding motorcycles was his passion and you guys are a fantastic group of individuals to assist in honoring his, and others lives who have served. Thank you for being there with us. You all have earned a forever spot in our family. Thank you again.
Lloyd “Roger” Ruhnke
We would like to thank you for your wonderful tribute to our father and grandfather on July 14th. It was beautiful the morning of his funeral, including seeing the Patriot Guard Riders standing tall and then escorting him to his final resting place. He was a proud veteran and farmer who loved his country dearly. Thank you again for your time and for being there, it meant so much to our family. -The Ruhnke Family
John S. Dickson
You helped honor my father and I cannot thank you enough. So many men were there and it was, quite frankly, overwhelming. Thank you for what you did for him and what you do for veterans everywhere.
Lt. Col. Alfred R. Peters
Our family cannot Thank you All enough—You made our day so Beautiful–so memorable.-Just AWESOME-You are a Blessing from GOD above. May he always give you his Blessings for the wonderful things you are doing to make people’s lives so enjoyable (happy). I feel so Blessed having you at my husband’s Military funeral. Thank you ever so much. Sincerely with love, Mrs. Jeannine M. Peters of Warsaw, Mo.—Our Special Day was Thursday Nov. 29th. 2018-I will never forget the JOY you brought to me that very Special Day. Thank you again, etc. etc. etc.
Major Gerald French USAF Ret
Thanks to both the East Texas PGR and DFW PGR for honoring my father-in-law at his services at Gipson’s in Lufkin and the DFW National Cemetery.
On behalf of the family. Thanks for being there and the wonderful honor you gave him and us.
James Marshall White
We would like to thank the following riders : Roy Hankinson, Bill Gardner, Dan Johnson, William Bayes, Billy Hurt and Bill Strasburg.
We so appreciate your escort and attendance at our father’s service on Thursday, June 21, 2018. We were all very touched by your presence and our dad would have been so proud. We also received a plaque from the group which we will treasure. Our dad served in WWII and was so very proud to have served his country. You all are part of a wonderful organization and we appreciate what you do so very much.
Family of James Marshall White
Alfred L Groom Honor Mission 7-12-18 7-13-18
Military soldiers are dominant in our family. To see your group of guys, standing to give him honor, I really am at lost for words to express what it meant to each of us, his family. I can only cry, tears of heartfelt gratitude to each of you. I could never have given him the Military Honors send off, he so deserved without your organization. Thank you for honoring him, for the presentation and sending the beautiful engraved plaque dedicated to his memory. Your presence is priceless and forever etched in my families hearts.
In fondest memory of BTFN Alfred L. Groom USN Vietnam Veteran, we say, God Bless each of you.
Owen D. Boyce
Upstate New York Patriot Guard stood for my son SSG Derek J. Farley in August 2010. Your group has now stood for my Father Owen D. Boyce. I thank you for your time, honor and patriotism shown to my loved ones. March on.
Carrie A Farley
Proud Mother of SSG Derek J Farley
American Gold Star Mother, Albany New York Chapter #11
John Robert Hamner
To the men and women who showed up with flags and honor for my father, THANK YOU.
MRC Dan Mathys and Darl Easton did an excellent job coordinating the event. The entire family from across the US was impressed and thankful that you were there. Bless you! Jennifer M Smith
Thank you very much for honoring my father at his services. What you do is very special and I have enjoyed sharing the stories of what you did for him and us. Special call out to Bryan Cook and Mike Green. My girls very much enjoyed talking to you, and I think it eased their sadness. My sister thanks as well, she was also very honored.
Chadwick Wayne Mcilrath
Thank you all so much for this tribute to Chad. He would not have felt worthy of such honor, he was such a humble gentleman, but his mama is so proud of him and thankful for such a blessing by finding this site.
MSG Deral B. Casteel
The family of MSG Deral B. Casteel would like to thank you for being there. You honored us and D. B. We would also like to thank you for the beautiful plaque. At the cemetery when I looked up and saw the line of Patriots I was very deeply moved.
SMSgt. Phillip Pienta Ret.
Back in February, I invited the PGR to my father’s funeral in Niceville, Fl. I have ridden many a mission with the PGR prior. I know it is our honor as members to ride. But know that I am grateful and thankful from the bottom of my heart to have the support of my fellow members. Nothing takes away the loss or the pain, but your presence makes it more bearable.
With respect, thanks and admiration,
It was an extremely cold day as we laid my Father to rest and to have you all there to pay your respects was very beautiful and was very much appreciated.
Bobby L Fincher
I wanted to thank all those who stood so proudly at my husband’s service yesterday. Papa Milt’s kindness was so appreciated as was the gentleman who presented the Guard’s coin to me.
That was a wonderful surprise.
Thank you all so very much. You made the service extra special.
Janyce L Fincher
A group escorted the procession for my husband’s funeral. I remember shaking hands with some the morning of but I was in such a fog. I would truly love to meet them again to thank them for what they did for me & my family & mostly how they honored my husband. It has been a long time but this grief has hit me hard & I am just now coming out of it.
David Michael Smith
The ceremony meant the world to me and my family. My father would be very honored.
Ronald L. Harper
My heart sends you all a great big Thank you for making my husband’s burial a proud one. I know he would be smiling with a wonderful escort. He was a huge fan of the flag and you made his trip to the cemetery a proud one for our family.
Gunnery Sergeant Christopher Brookins USMC
I can’t thank you enough and may God watch over all of you and guide you on every mission.
david mcgill sr
Thank you. You guys were there 5 1/2 yrs ago for David. Thank you again, God bless all of you
LCpl Keanon Brooks 9/7/18
I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for coming to pay tribute to my son Keanon Brooks in Jacksonville North Carolina on September 7, 2018
It meant the world to have your group show up and ride through the streets to New River Air Base for him, I just wished I could have thanked you all in person that day, but the emotions of losing my 21 year son was just too overwhelming. I thank you and appreciate all you do. GOD bless you all and be safe out there
Demax P. Dewees
My dad, Demax Dewees, age 91 was laid to rest yesterday. We invited the PGR to attend just two days before, and didn’t think they’d be able to attend on such short notice. We were wrong. They started showing up outside the chapel just before the service. When we exited the chapel, a flag line was waiting for my dad outside. My family was overwhelmed by the love we were shown by these men and women, VOLUNTEERS- who had been complete strangers to us. The number of guards actually outnumbered the funeral attendees.The only way I can describe the experience is to say “taken care of”. The moment they arrived, they sort of took over, in the best possible way. From organizing the drive to the cemetery, receiving us there, and the honor and respect they showed for my dad- truly overwhelming. The PGRs mission is to honor our country’s veterans, and they did so, beautifully. But they did so much more than that. Years from now, when I think back to the day we buried my dad, I won’t remember the sadness. I will remember the love shown to my family, and respect they showed for my dad, my hero. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Patriot Guard Riders.
Francisco Rivera, Jr.
They were amazing. They showed the utmost respect and honor to my father who was a veteran of the war in Vietnam and to his family.
A personal and heartfelt note of “THANKS” for the flag line and escort services provided at my father’s funeral, Wallace Monthie, on December 31st in Columbus, WI