My brother Mark is a member of the Minnesota Patriot Guard and a Marine Dad. I am proud of both he and my nephew Luke.
For those of you who haven't heard of the Guard, here is a bit off the National web page:
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 family. 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 protestor or group of protestors.
We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.
Credits on the artwork:
Flag photo is my own.
Motorcycle picture off the MN Patriot Guard web page
Quote from a recent newspaper article.
Background by DLD of k-joi studios
Stone wall by lizarddaudesigns, also of k-joi
Pledge overlay by heatheranndesigns