This post is from an Iraqi Freedom Vet who attended his first PGR Mission
in Illinois. I was very moved by his poem and thought I would share it with you...
And by the way... Illinois PGR Rocks Too !!!!!
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RE: Mission Complete - Specialist
Ryan C. Garbs, 20, Edwardsville, IL - 26, 27 Feb 07
Well this was my first mission, and it was
amazing. I cannot tell you guys enough how honored I am to have joined your ranks. Thanks to all who made me feel welcome,
and I owe someone lunch. Anyway when I left the house early Tuesday morning I was freezing, and warm inside all at once. I
was feeling alot of feelings and I put some of them to paper, so here it goes. Warning I am NOT a poet, but I tried.
The sun just came up, and I begin my ride
I hit the highway, and open the throttle wide.
It's around 30
degrees, nearing the end of winter.
My heart is heavy, my thoughts are splintered.
People stare from their cars as I
pass on by.
They say "He must be freezing!" as they wonder why.
"Why is he riding, it's way too damned cold?"
might not be smart, but he's definately bold."
"I'll stay here in my car, with my heater on."
"He's got to be crazy,
his mind is gone."
It's okay, they don't know why I ride.
They don't realize I ride with pride.
Pride not for myself,
my bike, or something other.
I ride with pride and respect, for a fallen brother.
You probably didn't even notice his
name in the news.
You probably flipped the channel, affraid of "getting the blues."
You complain about the war, and
how it's been done.
Meanwhile a mother has just lost her son.
Sure the windchill on this bike's about zero,
nothing compared to this hero.
He died for you so you can be free to rant and rave.
He never asked for much payment
and worked like a slave.
A year away from home with only a letter or two.
It's sad that some of you don't even have
It's cold for sure, but this rides the least I can do.
He bled for me, his brothers, his country, and even you.
stood guard on a wall, and he refused to hide.
So when you ask me "Why do you ride?"
I could lie and say "To clean out
But the truth is today I rode for Ryan Garbs.
Rest in peace brother, we have the watch.
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|Our illustrious leader and his pink bunny !!!
Under the Leather and Behind
the leather and behind the shades stands a biker. We ride for the sense of freedom it gives us. The encouragement to take
the road less traveled in the chance that we may encounter something new. We ride for the friendships we make along the way,
as well as, the solitude of the open road. We don’t really care what you ride, just that you do.
the leather and behind the shades is a beating heart. A heart filled with compassion that on any given day will be riding
for those in need. Ask one of us for help, but don’t be surprised when all of us show up.
the leather and behind the shades stands a proud American. We are as diverse a group of people that you could possibly assemble.
We are men, women, tradesmen, doctors, lawyers, retirees, military, civilian and on and on and on. We stand silently with
reverence and one voice that, in the silence, can be overwhelming.
the leather and behind the shades stands an invited guest to the funeral of a soldier that we most likely have never met.
We hold the flag of our nation as a tribute to the greatest sacrifice anyone can make. Out of respect for the fallen, we travel
to stand firm for a family, a community and a nation to lean on.
the leather and behind the shades stands a biker with sons, daughters, brothers and sisters of our own. Beneath the rough
exterior we tremble and weep at your loss. You may not see that, for we are there to support you. That’s why we stand
so silently under the leather and behind the shades.
David Meyers II
PGR - 1st Anniversary by a PGR member Jeff Lockhart . . . by Firehawk911
There are many great dates in American history. Some dates mark pivotal points
in our nation’s development. July 4th, 1776: The signing of the Declaration of Independence. September 17th, 1787: The signing of the United States Constitution. December 7th, 1941: The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. September 11th, 2001: The
terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon. These are dates that hold a marked place in our history. Dates
that formed a nation, challenged her resolve, and tested her might.
Other dates have come and passed with far less fanfare or note - dates that may
go unnoticed by many, but share in their profound impact on America.
Dates when common men, bound by commitment and fueled by passion, achieved uncommon greatness. December 17th, 1903: The Wright brother’s first manned flight at Kitty Hawk,
6th, 1954: Roger Bannister became the fist man
to run a four minute mile. July
20th, 1969: Neil Armstrong became the first
man to walk on the moon. June
12th, 1987: Ronald Reagan delivers his speech
saying “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” bringing about the destruction of the Berlin Wall and an end to the
Another date that may pass into the pages of time with little or no notice is that
of November 9th,
2005. Why is this a date worthy of any recognition? Simple.
On November 9th,
2005 – patriotism was reborn for many Americans.
On this date, a small group of men, based out of Broken Arrow,
Oklahoma, gave name and formed an organization that would grow to be one of the most successful grass-roots
movements of patriotism in American history. On November 9th, 2005: The
Patriot Guard Riders was formed.
From the humble beginnings of a handful, to a national membership of over 56,000,
the Patriot Guard Riders have taken upon its broadening shoulders the role of the serving as and serving - the American patriot.
In its earliest stages the Patriot Guard Riders made it their mission to attend military funerals – as invited guests
of the family – to ensure that a fallen hero of this great country was given all the honor and respect that could be
afforded to them. What grew from those simple yet profound expressions can only be characterized as inspiring to a nation
in its hour of need
Over the past year, the Patriot Guard Riders has awakened a sleeping army of American
patriots that – like the Minutemen of the Revolutionary War – take action at a moments notice. With increased
membership, came an increase in capabilities, strength, and reach. The Patriot Guard Riders now have emblazoned their place
in America as the defender of the defenders. The Patriot Guard Riders have made their goal
simple in scope, but broad in impact. Honor.
Whether that honor is served through a flag line at a soldier’s funeral,
an escort for a soldier returning safely from deployment, volunteering to help a disabled veteran paint his or her home, or
starting a scholarship fund for the children of our fallen soldiers – the Patriot Guard Riders have embraced the role
of expressing that honor on behalf of a grateful nation.
Humbly seeking no recognition, or public forum for political position, the Patriot
Guard Riders will continue to grow and will continue to pay honor and homage to the brave men and women who so proudly and
selflessly stand in defense of our country and our way of life.
There have been few moments in modern history when you could say you witnessed
the changing of a nation. Pear Harbor, the assassination of JFK, the bombing of the Murrah
Federal Building in Oklahoma, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 – all events that you knew would change the
course of history. Who could have predicted that a handful of motorcycle riders – clad in leather – and holding
a simple American flag – would have such an impact? All one needs to do is seek the thoughts of any one of the multitudes
that have witnessed the Patriot Guard Riders in action to know – every one of their efforts denotes such a moment and
leaves a similar lasting impact on all who have witnessed it.
As they reach their first anniversary, the Patriot Guard Riders exhibit no signs
of slowing in their growing ranks of support - they humbly continue to pay honor to the heroes that have given the ultimate
sacrifice of their own life. They continue to go about what they have accepted as their mission - Defend those who have defended
One year later, under the name of the Patriot Guard Riders - 55,000 Americans put
aside social status, political debate, and personal agendas to support a common goal of honor and respect. In just one year
of existence… the Patriot Guard Riders have emphatically stated for all to hear, “Patriotism, along with the memory
of this country’s heroes . . . will never fade.”
Jeff Lockhart, PGR Member
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