Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.
We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.
Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the Next-of-Kin (or the Funeral Director at their behest). Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.
- 1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
- 2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protesters.
We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.
To request the presence of the Central Texas Patriot Guard Riders, we ask that the Next-of-Kin, Casualty Assistance Officer or the Funeral Director contact:
Mary "Marebear" Gregory, MGregory2@hot.rr.com, 254.458.2120 (Please do not text)
Ron “Joker” Smith, email@example.com, 254.415.8204
PLEASE try to give us at least 36 hours notice.
For those of you who wish to participate/become members:
- You may ride a motorcycle or not. You are not required to do anything during a mission except to maintain respect for the fallen and their families. Anyone is welcome and there are plenty of "jobs" to go around. If you're unable to stand for extended periods of time, we welcome you to join us and fill in as "relief" or hand out water to those standing, or just come to show support.
- It is not a requirement to join the website, but members who do are privy to more areas inside the website, including a link to sign up for email notification of upcoming missions.
- On the left navigation panel there are links to missions. Click the CenTex Missions link to take you to our local missions. The Mission Order will tell you where to be and when. Just show up on time. We give briefings so you'll know what to do. On the right side of the site, there is a quick-view calendar where you can hover over a date and see which missions are scheduled for CenTex.
- For your convenience we try to post missions from other areas. Those are listed as "Austin, San Antonio, etc." though they may not always be up to date. A simple web search will guide you to websites for those areas for more complete information. There are NO borders and you're welcome to attend any PGR mission anywhere in the world!
- There is NO uniform. Everyone shows up in casual wear/riding gear. The PGR does not require the wear or purchase of patches or vests, although we ask that if you already have patches, please ensure they would not offend the family with lewd messages.
- Our members are all very friendly and helpful. If you have questions ask away!
- There are no RSVPs for missions and we insist that your health and your family come first so don't feel bad about whether you make all, few or none of the missions. We know where your heart is if you're reading this.
All that said, we hope to meet you soon!
Mary "Marebear" Gregory
Deputy State Captain, Central Texas
Links to other areas:
A tool that may be useful is the "Areas Map" located HERE. It shows who is in charge of which Texas areas and which counties make up those areas.
If you find you still need help for other areas, feel free to contact CenTex and we will do everything we are able to connect you with the right folks!
To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.
We try to update this front page often with current news/concerns.
Don't forget to scroll down the page to keep up!
|Laying of the Wreaths at CTSVC – 28 Nov 15|
Laying of the Wreaths at CTSVC – 28 Nov 15
CAGES ALLOWED AT CTSVC WREATH LAYING
While at the funeral at CTSVC yesterday morning, we were informed that cars will now be allowed to park at CTSVC until full.
PGR Members and all Interested Bikers,
I've been asked MANY questions about this year's Laying of the Wreaths at CTSVC. If you have further questions, check out the links provided below. Here's what I DO know:
- If you want to participate in the Wreath Truck Escort, be at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center NLT 0800. Address and other details may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1619918458275655/
- If you aren't participating in the escort and,
- You are riding your bike: You can go directly to CTSVC and they will let you in, if they have parking available.
- You are caging it: You MUST GO TO Texas A&M University and catch one of the Shuttle Busses. NO CARS WILL BE ALLOWED INTO CTSVC! The shuttles WILL accommodate handicap scooters, service animals and strollers.
- I obtained the above info directly from "Friends of the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.
- Addresses and other details may be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/432626756944899/
|2015 Snowball Express Volunteers Needed!|
“Patriot Guard Rider’s / Snowball Express Volunteer”
Last year at this time we had over 225 Patriot Guard Riders that registered to help with Snowball Express 2014. As it stands now, Nov 1st , 2015, we only have 60 PGR riders that have registered. Please follow the instructions below to register. After you have registered you will receive an email directly from the Snowball Express Volunteer Coordinator asking you to Confirm – or- Decline to pay for your Background Check . If you decline the background check, you can still ride in all of the processions, but will NOT be allowed to enter any of the Venues where the children will be.
Remember, by volunteering to help with the Snowball Express, you will be helping to put a smile on every Gold Star Child and Parent that will be here with us this year.
New Volunteers -- create a Snowball Express account by visiting: https://signup.snowballexpress.org/Account/VolunteerSignup
Returning Volunteers -- log in to your Snowball Express account by visiting: https://signup.snowballexpress.org/Account/Logon
**If you do not remember your password, please do not create a new account -- click "Forgot your password?" and follow the instructions.**
Once you log in to your account, click your name to be taken to the Volunteer Profile page. Make any changes necessary to your profile
including your activity interests for any non-PGR assignments. The name listed at the top of your profile must be your legal name.
Under Associations, you will see a drop down menu for Group. You must select "Patriot Guard Riders"
Under Name Badge you will have the option to put an alternative name for badge printing, such as your ride name.
Once you are done making any changes, hit Save. You will be taken back to the home page.
Next, click "Would you like to volunteer for this event?"
IMPORTANT: For PGR assignments only, under Availability select FRIDAY MORNING ONLY
If you select any other day or time, you will be assigned Non-PGR duties and you will be expected to fulfill the assignment.
If you intend to volunteer for other non-PGR duties, such as in the lounges, please indicate those times! We love having you work other assignments. But if you do volunteer for other Non-PGR activities YOU MUST be present during those times.
Indicate your t-shirt size and emergency contact, then hit Save.
North Texas Patriot Guard Riders
|2015 Snowball Express Request for Donations|
2015 Snowball Express Request for Donations
Below is a paraphrased message from the Deputy State Captain for North Texas. I highly encourage any and all members who are able to donate to this worthy cause. Right now the request is for all manner of patches and pins for the Children's Vest Project and for cash to offset expenses.
Later I will be sharing how you may donate your time and energy to the cause. FYI: CenTex PGR, as a group, has made a cash donation, but North Texas can ALWAYS use anything you can give as individuals.
North Texas PGR Members bust their butts every year to make this event a resounding success, let us help them!
We have begun planning for Snow Ball Express this year. The event is in Dallas this year. Snow Ball is a PGR event and not exclusive to North Texas, so I am enlisting your help. We'd like each region to be involved by contributing what you can. I know that some near-by regions are involved, contribute, and volunteer their time. I also realize that it's not convenient for some regions to travel and therefore miss out on being involved. We can change that!
Last year we spent approximately $6000 on the the vests, patches, and other SBE expenses. We need to try and raise about the same amount this year. All funds raised are held in the State account in a SBE bucket to be used for just that. Please mail cash donations (don't mail cash obviously) to the State Treasurer John Watts. John W. Watts, Jr, 8640 Funtier Court, Fort Worth TX 76179; 817-800-0843; firstname.lastname@example.org Please identify the contribution as for SBE.
We also need all manner of patches and pins, rank insignia from all branches, etc., for the vests we are making to present to the children. Patches and items for the vest project can be mailed to Norma McComb, 19648 FM 1252, Winona,TX 75792; email@example.com
I appreciate all the help we can get from everyone.
NTX PGR DSC
2015 Sky Ball - See North Texas Website for details
|Motorcycle Club/Riding Club Education|
Motorcycle Club/Riding Club Education
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