Beaujimirwinsc said:I joined a few weeks ago and leave in the morning for my first mission in Chester, SC for a 21 year old killed in Iraq. As a Vietnam era vet I remember all too well how our military were regarded and treated as they came home both on their feet and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I just want to do my part to honor those who deserve it.
Jim,Donald1684 said:I watched the video news that RMW sent about the Patriot Guards and was singularly impressed with the respect they showed to the family for their son's efforts in the war.
I then did a funeral for a man who served in Vietnam. At the church door were four young marines in uniform. How moving to see these four men salute as his coffin was carried into the church. How very thankful were the faces of his wife and two boys.
Then as his coffin was carried out of the church after mass, I got chills as they saluted him on his journey to his final resting place.
The contrast was informative:
Older, blue jeans, gray whiskers, pot bellies, motorcycles, helmets and lest we omit--the biker image. And yet, understanding tears.
Then, younger, trimmed, in perfect ironed uniform and spit shined shoes, and the jesture of a salute.
I wonder: Was one salute more respective than the other to their family and friends?
Is there a Patriot Guard in New Jersey?
Thanks for your service. lets hope you do get a few home comings.highlandman said:Rode my second mission this Saturday, the one in Chester SC for a young army medic.
The turnout -- of both bikers and the community -- was astonishing. Somebody counted at least 180 bikes, and as I stood in the flag line watching mourners enter the building I estimate at least 400 people came in. There were detachments from every branch of the military, ROTC units, vet groups, and Boy Scouts.
At both of my missions I have been stricken speechless (no small thing!) when one of the family went out of their way to speak to me and thank me/us for being there. You can tell it means a lot to the suffering family to have a show of support like that.
We don't have a lot of missions here in our little state -- average one KIA a month or so. It's still too many as far as I'm concerned, but this isn't about politics, its about showing respect and support for the families who have made such a great sacrifice.
I'll keep riding these missions, but hoping that from now on they're all Welcome Homes.
Thanks for the information. I wrote an email to the national and am waiting for a reply from the leader in NJ.
I told my Harley son about the Patriots. He said it was first organized by bikers who heard that a group of anti-war demonstrators were going to appear at a downed solider's funeral. Does anyone know the story of the Patriots' beginnings?
I have visited the group's site. What interests me is the story behind the story.
I would like to hear the story of the biker who decided that this demonstration was ugly, mean-spirited and cruel for grieving parents,relatives and friends who had to travel to the place of the soldier's final resting place.