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Dressing for a Mission, and Patches

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. Wisconsin doesn’t have a large state patch but national has the large PGR emblem. 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.


    1. Many people wear vests everywhere they go. On a PGR Mission you can wear it so as to blend in but not required. With that said, if you elect to wear one please ‘no obscene’ patches or pins. We respect family and guests and represent PGR on a Mission flag line or event.

    1. PGR Members can log in to the main PGR website, then select the PGR Store menu option. This will take you to the PGR Store. We have several patches there.

  1. I spent 22 years in the Army with 3 combat tours, I do wear a rocker above that says combat vet and I wear military patches on the front, I understand the clubs concept of earned patches but I feel I have earned the right to wear that rocker with more blood sweat and tears than any hang around or prospect ever experienced. My colors mean as much to me as theirs do to them.

    1. We are not a club, therefore we do not wear colors. The patches we wear should always be worn with the success of the our mission in mind. It’s not about us. The no rocker policy was established to prevent issues that could interfere with that mission.

  2. I have a rocker on the front lower side of my vest that say “Infantry”. Is that permitted? Im riding in my first official PGR mission saturday. Wanting to be dressed appropriately.

    1. You can wear other places, but we ask that you not wear them to political events (we are not political) or to places that would put the PGR in a negative light.

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