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Hey,

I rode with the Patriot Guard Riders for the first time today to honor Pvt. Johnathan Millican. He grew up in a small town outside of Birmingham, AL.

Millican was killed when his patrol was ambushed on Jan 20th.

Folks, you get a reality slap about war when you see a flag draped casket carried in front of you. Whether you're for the war or not, these guys are dying to preserve our free and abundant way of life.

The Patriot Guard is a great way to honor the fallen soldier and his/her family.

Beck
 

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It IS an Honor, to show our respect for those that Gave All, to try and keep our world a little safer.
 

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Thanks for joining and welcome.

We too honored a fallen hero today.
65 dedicated PGR brothers and sisters stood in sub-zero wind chills to honor Cpl Mark Kidd. Rest easy Marine.

We will stand tomorrow for Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Will and again on Monday for Spc Brandon Stout.

Please keep all of our brave men and women in your thoughts. They deserve nothing less than our full support.
 

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I saw you folks go by

Beck, I was in my truck on Hwy 11 with my son just as the funeral was ending, and was struck by the absolute air of respect for this young man. He was the same age as my older son. You folks did him proud today. Thanks, Jim Mann
 

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I have ridden in the patriot guard for about a year now. It is sobering each, and every time. Now that I am in Iraq, I hope none of you end up riding in mine! ----Metalguy :wink:
 

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Jim Mann said:
Beck, I was in my truck on Hwy 11 with my son just as the funeral was ending, and was struck by the absolute air of respect for this young man. He was the same age as my older son. You folks did him proud today. Thanks, Jim Mann
Hey Jim,

I guess you were caught up in the traffic. It was quite a visual experience for anyone driving by. And it was an emotional experience to surround the family with hundreds of flags.

In one way, I'm glad that the protesters didn't show up for the families sake. In another way, I kind of wish they had. They would have been dwarfed in number and spirit and would have diminished their purpose - as if they had any.

This being my first ride, and it being COLD, I thought there would be a few other bikers there. There were hundreds!

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in oklahoma, we get to see the folks from westboro way too often.

finally, our legislature has stepped up and figured out how to greatly diminish their impact.

i hope to be able to join in with the PG group around here this spring.

It is just one more way that I can express my sincere feelings of appreciation and gratitude towards the men and women who have chosen to put their life on the line for me, so I can continue to express my opinions about the people that have put them in that situation.

please, try remember to honor the living as well. If i'm out eating somewhere (since i don't cook...i eat out quite a bit), and i happen to catch someone in uniform in line or at a table, i buy his/her meal. it's not much, i know, but it's something that shows my appreciation. I fully recognize they are willing to do what i cannot, and for that, i am grateful.
 

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Services in Washington?

I heard on the news the other night that there were going to be three services for three fallen servicemen in our area (Western Washington) over the weekend and they were slated to be protested by some Baptist group that believes homosexuals are responsible for the war. They are targeting, with megaphones and signs covered in hate messages, military funerals to spew, I mean voice, their opinion.

When asked whether there would be any counterprotest, the reporter said that there was a "motorcycle group" that often showed up at these services to act as a buffer zone for any protests, but he didn't know if any were coming this weekend. I hope they did. I haven't seen any news about it.

Emergency legislation signed a law into effect last week to be enforced immediately preventing any protesters from coming within 500 yards of a service, but I don't think that's far enough away.
 

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LOW-La said:
I heard on the news the other night that there were going to be three services for three fallen servicemen in our area (Western Washington) over the weekend and they were slated to be protested by some Baptist group that believes homosexuals are responsible for the war. They are targeting, with megaphones and signs covered in hate messages, military funerals to spew, I mean voice, their opinion.
that would be Reverend Phelps and his flock, the Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas.

he is the personification of "I hate in others what I fear in myself"

his "church" is basically his extended family (thier actual church building was burned down a few years ago), and a good many of them are lawyers, and theologians.

their modus operandi is to attend events they can spew their hatred at, and try to pick fights with people who will respond to words with fists.
then, they sue those who try to beat the stuffing out of them, which gives them more cash to persue their version of sainthood.


honestly, i'm waiting for them to get JFK'd at some funeral by a greiving family member. i don't think any prosecuter would attempt to make charges stick to the "temporarily insane" shooter.
 

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It's so wrong... and it makes me hurt to see this kind of behavior. I can't imagine what those families go through when that happens... If I had to deal with the likes of them at my husband's funeral, (non military), I don't know what I would have done. :x

I hope that members of the PG group were available and I am glad that they have stepped up to the plate.

Keep up the good work. :!:
 

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LOW-La said:
When asked whether there would be any counterprotest, the reporter said that there was a "motorcycle group" that often showed up at these services to act as a buffer zone for any protests, but he didn't know if any were coming this weekend. I hope they did. I haven't seen any news about it.
The Patriot Guard Riders are NOT a counter-protest group.

We show up ONLY as INVITED GUESTS of the family of our fallen hero's.

We attend, protesters or not to show support for our hero's, their family, friends, bothers in arms, and communities.

For more info please see www.patriotguard.org

Beck, you really don't want to see the UGlies. I've had the displeasure 4 times.....It's not a good experience.
 

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outdoors4me said:
Hey,

I rode with the Patriot Guard Riders for the first time today to honor Pvt. Johnathan Millican. He grew up in a small town outside of Birmingham, AL.

Beck
Beck - I was there, too. Wish I'd known you were there; we could have linked up.

I had the privilege of helping escort PFC Millican from the airport to the funeral home earlier this week. These things are rough - they get to me every time, but I'm glad we can help.
 

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outdoors4me said:
Hey,

I rode with the Patriot Guard Riders for the first time today to honor Pvt. Johnathan Millican. He grew up in a small town outside of Birmingham, AL.

Beck
Beck - I was there, too. Wish I'd known you were there; we could have linked up.

I had the privilege of helping escort PFC Millican from the airport to the funeral home earlier this week. These things are rough - they get to me every time, but I'm glad we can help.
I've been on several "Funeral Missions' and they are tough emotionally,
but very rewarding. I grew-up in B'ham, Shades Mnt. Rocky Ridge and Eastwood mall area. Great riding country. In-laws still live there.
 

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I thank you all for volunteering to protect the families of Metal's and my brothers and sisters.
have any of you gone with the riders and encountered these *******s?
 

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outdoors4me said:
Hey,

I rode with the Patriot Guard Riders for the first time today to honor Pvt. Johnathan Millican. He grew up in a small town outside of Birmingham, AL.

Millican was killed when his patrol was ambushed on Jan 20th.

Folks, you get a reality slap about war when you see a flag draped casket carried in front of you. Whether you're for the war or not, these guys are dying to preserve our free and abundant way of life.

The Patriot Guard is a great way to honor the fallen soldier and his/her family.

Beck
I signed up for the guard over the weekend on their website. It's the least we can do to show our support.

There is this gentleman here in Spring Hill Florida who rides a Shadow and stands out at the corner of a busy intersection holding signs in support of the troops. From time to time on the other side of the street you will find war protesters and/or Bush bashers. I give this man a lot of credit standing out there just him and his Shadow in support. Everytime I've seen him I'm on the way home from work in my truck but one day I'm going to get on my bike and head out there with him.

Steve
 

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Patriot Guard...my first ride

Check this out...a NEW TWIST on the protesters. I rode a mission today for Cpl Timothy Swanson, here in San Antonio. The family members were telling us that some people (not Fred Phelps and his loonies) came to Cpl Swanson's HOME, telling the family that they were his friends from school, etc. so the family invited them in. Turns out they were protesters and were filming an anti-war documentary. These people showed up at the church today, came close to the hearse and starting yelling at the top of their voices. It absolutely turned my stomach...I have never felt so sick. The Patriot Guard hurried over to their area and we all turned our backs to them and stood between them and the family. The funeral director or police (I could hear the voices but didn't turn around to see) ran them off. It so happened a news crew was across the road, and the protesters ran over there and started their ugly rhetoric to the camera crew. When the t.v. station aired the segment...they showed only the Patriot Guard and funeral procession and not the scumbuckets. There is justice after all....
 

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The Patriot Guard Riders are NOT a counter-protest group.

We show up ONLY as INVITED GUESTS of the family of our fallen hero's.
The words "counter-protest group" were used by the reporter. I do know that they are there by invitation and think that they provide an extremely valuable service.

Meri
 
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