National update to Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

Patriot Guard and Associates:
 
I wanted to make you aware of a change from National PGR Board of Directors.
National has posted a change to the PGR mission statement.  This was voted on by all State and Regional Captains as well as the Board of Directors.  I personally feel this is very significant as it adds language around 1st responders and also looks to clarify who we serve.We will change all our printed and posted materials to reflect these changes.
“Mission Statement:
 
“The Patriot Guard Riders is a 100% Volunteer, Federally registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and Honorably Discharged Veterans.”
 
Vision 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 including Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and Honorably Discharged Veterans. 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 family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
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 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.”
Gregg “Flag 7″ Barratt
Patriot Guard Riders
Connecticut State Captain
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