I’m regularly asked about vests and back patches and what to wear to a mission. While slightly different concepts, I’d like to combine the answers.
First, in attending a mission I suggest you remember two things, whether you’re there for someone who was active duty or a veteran, you are attending the funeral to show respect for someone who was willing to give their life to support America and her values and second, you are an invited guest of the family.
I ask that you dress as you feel appropriate. Unlike some other organizations, we have no standard dress code to follow. It’s also important to dress for all possible weather to keep yourself comfortable and protected against the elements.
While the family understands that many PGR members are bikers, and they accept that, we do not allow obscene patches or slogans. It is common that people express their political and personal views on their clothing but this is not the time or place. You may be asked by the Ride Captain to cover obscene or derogatory patches or stow the clothing item.
You can have a patch on the back of a vest or jacket but you CANNOT put rockers above and below as that signifies a motorcycle club and there are specific social rules about that. We don’t have a large state patch but national has the large PGR emblem. Many wear the “Defenders” patch, which you can find on the national PGR store or EBay for about $15. You could have other memorial and slogan patches above and below but nothing like ‘Patriot Guard Riders” above and “Wisconsin” below.
We also have small state patches and stickers. They’re shown on our state web site. If you need some you can order them from out “store” there as described on the web site.
Remember that our Mission is to Show Respect in everything we do and you’ll be fine.