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Today I rode 340 freeway miles in ninety degree plus temperatures; and I've had better rides, but never a ride for a better purpose.

We rode today to stand for a US Navy Corpsman, a "doc" of the Vietnam War.....and none of us knew him, but yet we all did.

Rest In Peace, Sailor....and well done, well done.

(Europe, The Pacific, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan...all equal here, brother, all quiet on this front.....)



(Big bikes, big hearts.....)



(The faces are marked, and some ravaged, and the hair grey, thin, and maybe gone...but their shoulders are squared, and they stand nearly as straight as the soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen they once were, and still are.......)



(Do I really need to be here....here in this hot sun, standing with a flag for a guy I don't know? Hell, yes, I do! Both for him and for me...)

 

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CJ, God Bless you, and Thank you for standing with the PGR.

Its an amazing experience.

My heartfelt thanks to the family of this Great American that was honored today...
 

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I had my first mission this past weekend. a young Sgt. Andrew Tobin killed in action in service to our country.

We met his flight and rode escort on Saturday to the funeral home then stood flag lines and escorted him to his final resting place this past Labor day.



It was an absolute honor to do this and was moved beyond words by the outpouring of support for this young soldier there were 160 plus motorcycles and many other people there to show their support for the family.



Having spent six years active duty Army myself I fully understand how important it is to support these young men and women serving in all the branches, this was a deeply moving and soul stirring experience for all involved .
 

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No one said anything, but my ST1300 kind of stood out like a foreign cousin among all the big twins.... there were a couple of Wings there, an 1800 and a beautifully reworked 1200, but most are cruisers, big HD and Metric Twins.

I love my bike, and I'm not going to give it up....but I'm gonna look for something "more in uniform" for PGR missions... like a big Valk, or even a Vulcan. Find a cheap one and paint it up good, like in a flag motif. That'd be cool........
 

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Yer certainly welcome to do that, CJ, but its not necessary...

If you think your BoldWing stands out, imagine how a bright yellow Wee, along with that big yellow sticker thing I did on the helmet, sticks out.

It doesnt matter what you ride. I dont care if they snicker at my bike or helmet. They may have the first time they saw it, but I have been to so many now that they know why I am there, and thats what matters. As I said, I dont really give a flip if they like it or not.

At one mission a few years ago, I had my wing. When we went KSU for the travel to Portland it was really early, like 7 am in March. I turned on all the LED's that are on the wing, and just smiled at them... One guy smiled back, lol...
 

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Good going CJ, its not what you ride, but the reason that you rode on a PGR mission....You and the rest were there to Honor one of our Fallen Hero's, not to dis each others rides....I seen this first hand at my cousins funeral..There was even a Suzuki Bergman ridden there that day...I shook each one of their hands, gave a majority a hug and thanked them for being there on that flag line and escort...My cousins cremated remains, rode in the tour box of his brother in laws Harley....Truman would have gotten a big bang out of that..He wanted to ride on that Harley from the day his brother in law bought it...But living over 1000 miles away he never got to ride it...He always said one day I will get to ride on it....RIP Truman....Gone but never forgotten!!!!
 

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I have been to about 20 PGR missions on my Vulcan 750, with saddlebags and a windshield. It is mostly black, and does not stand out. I first joined the PGR to pay tribute to those killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their families. For a while there, we unfortunately had quite a few locally.

Though the event was not attended officially by the PGR, myself and several members of the local PGR attended the funeral of Christina Taylor Green, the 9 year old girl killed by the psycho gunman in the shooting rampage in Tucson, because members of the WBC were planning on demonstrating. About 50 members of the local Hells Angels also showed up, heads bowed. There was no protest.
 

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I don't get to go on as many missions as I'd like, but it's always an incredible feeling. Don't worry about what you ride, its showing up and standing for our fallen heroes that's important and any of your brother riders will tell you the same.
 

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Congratulations CJ. Great write up! Like others have said it's not what you ride or the colors you wear. It's that you are there in quiet respect for what these men and women have sacrificed. These young servicemen and women were willing and able. Are we willing and able to honor them?

God Bless Ya man,

GH
 

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Like others have said CJ, its why u are there not what you are riding. Here in iowa ive seen everything from harleys to wings to even a honda 350-4..Your heart is in the right place, dont worry about the rest. IMO there is nothing more rewarding than going on those missions !!!
 

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I've done 8 missions now, the last one only having me and two other riders. Always gives me a good feeling, even though standing for hours, kills my back at times.
 

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I will never forget my first mission, its a privilege to honor the men and women who stood for this great country. Thanks for supporting the PGR.
 

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:claps:Glad you could make it CJ, still waiting for my first mission, but I am willing.
 

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CJ Thanks for standing up for thoes that stood for us!!!!. It's not only an honor but it's also a privileage to be part of an orgnization that supports our service members. When I was in the Marines we always had a mato, " Leave no one behind".The same mato applies to the PGR. By standing in for them, and we will never leave them behind!!!. I have a Son that's following my foot steps in the Marines ans I want him to know as well as the other service men and women that we support them no matter what the outcome is!!!!. We just want them home after there mission is complete. Thank you for Steeping up!!!!...... Allan AKA flyboyziel56......



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I rode my first mission not too long ago, one of he Seals from the CH47 crash came back to Kansas City. I didn't have any pressing issues for the day and played hookey from work. The others that showed up for the mission welcomed me and my wing. It rained off and on waiting on the aircraft to arrive. It poured down for the 40 miles to the funeral home, then stopped. It was an Honor to have participated, and I will do again when possible.

Thank You for your participation and would be proud to stand the line with you.
 

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thats cool, i wish i was able to join the patriot riders but with my hectic work schedule and all that i probably wouldnt be able to attend any benifit rides once in a blue moon in my area i see a patriot ride going on and i just weasle in and they dont seem to care when we stop for a break or gas they usually hand me a yellow shash to hang on my bike and i proudly fly it i dont know for who or really why but thats not the point

none of the soldiers that come home either on the bus or in a box know me but yet they stand in harms way for our freedoms so its the least i can do from time to time
 

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Up here we have to stand in the heat, too....but also in the cold. This mission took place during an early April windy snow/sleet day in Minnesota. The family of the fallen soldier sent this pic to their son's unit back in Iraq and they dubbed him Captain Courageous. :thumbsup:
 

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mill-knee wrote:
Up here we have to stand in the heat, too....but also in the cold.  This mission took place during an early April windy snow/sleet day in Minnesota.  The family of the fallen soldier sent this pic to their son's unit back in Iraq and they dubbed him Captain Courageous.  :thumbsup:

That pic says a lot about why we do it... Great guys honoring Great Americans...
 

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mill-knee wrote:
Up here we have to stand in the heat, too....but also in the cold.  This mission took place during an early April windy snow/sleet day in Minnesota.  The family of the fallen soldier sent this pic to their son's unit back in Iraq and they dubbed him Captain Courageous.  :thumbsup:

That pic says a lot about why we do it... Great guys honoring Great Americans...
And I think that great guys honoring what is good about our country is one of the best things we can do to further the public's acceptance of motorcycles and motorcyclists, because the more good we do the less they are able to stereotype and minimize us. Here's a good example: a 300 bike 9/11 Memorial Ride in Deer Park, Washington.

http://www.dptribune.biz/content/9-11-memorial-motorcycle-ride-rolls-through-deer-park
 

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Good on you Brother Jack! As a PGR rider and Veteran, I know what is in your heart. I just joined the American Legion Post 2 here in Knoxville to serve in another way.

Dubs
 
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