State Patch

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With the growth of Patriot Guard Riders of CT, it was put in front of the membership the decision to design a state patch. What is unique the first patch for Patriot Guard Riders of CT is where the basis the concept began.

Many designs were submitted from various members. In the end simplicity over road the intricate designs. One of the designs came from one of our members while he was deployed to the sandbox in Iraq in active duty in the U. S. Air Force.  The simplicity of the design encompassed the state we live and what we stand for as Patriot Guard.  Several other members contributed to refine of the design, resulting in a truly collaborative design process.

text describing the imageBecause Patriot Guard Rider’s evolution now includes more than just motorcycle riders our slogan evolved to “Standing for Those Who Stood For Us.” That replaced our slogan (Riding with Respect) at the bottom of our patch.

In 2011 Patriot Guard Riders of CT former state captain and now Vice President of Ride Captains, Bob Stone had an idea that a decal design would be an idea to promote Patriot Guard Riders of CT, contribute to recognition of Patriot Guard Riders of CT, and input from various different members and organizations. Designs were submitted and the membership voted. The winner of the design received a $100 donation to their favorite charity. Numerous designs were submitted. Once the members voted and the contest concluded, the winner was chosen.  The creators of the design were the Graphics and Design Department of The Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to promoting increased independence to men and women who are blind by providing them with the highest quality guide dogs.

Because of the almost square state lines of the state, this created the perfect background to display our American flag.  To add prestige to the outline of the state with the American flag as the foundation, a bald eagle was added to the left of the design.  The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the national emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength and majestic looks, as well as because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.  To tie the design together with the Patriot Guard Riders, the universally recognized symbol of the Patriot Guard Riders was added to the right side of the design, not only as an anchor, but to make it our own.

It is easy to see why this design was the winner in the over all contest.  We are getting more and more compliments on this beautiful design every day.text describing the image

As the popularity of the decal design grew State Captain, Gregg Barratt began receiving requests for a patch to made like the decal. At the beginning of 2013, after discussions with leadership it was determined that this decal design could easily evolve into an updated patch for CT Patriot Guard Riders. After submitting the decal design to be formatted into a patch, an updated patch for CT Patriot Guard Riders was introduced.

The updated Connecticut Patriot Guard patch:
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