My brothers and sisters,
I hadn’t planned another update this soon but in light of recent
events I think it’s warranted.
The recent election seems to have further polarized our country. It
has created some tension that we’ve not seen in recent memory. This
tension has even prompted violence.
I will again ask you to keep your eye on the ball and your head on a
swivel. Our mission is to protect and shield our heroes and their
families against unwanted disruptions. These disruptions may come from
an unexpected direction in these days.
I read with tears and disbelief that the family of one of our heroes,
who was killed in action a few days ago, was actually booed by fellow
passengers as they brought their son home. Our California PGR was
there and took good care of this hero and his family. I hope that this
grieving family knows that they do not stand alone and that all true
Americans honor their sacrifice and share their grief.
Remember that we are not a counter protest group and we are not
confrontational nor are we political.
Let me be very specific here because I want no misunderstanding and I
need your help in spreading the word. I recently saw a notification on
social media that a large number of riders are planning to go to
Washington. Above that notification was an unmistakable pic of of the
PGR during an honor mission escort. If you didn’t know better you
would think that it was the PGR organizing that effort or at the least
that we supported it. Of course nothing could be further from the
truth and this picture is being used without permission.
We will not endorse or participate in any event that is not a clear
part of our stated mission or makes any political statement….period.
Now if you want to join this effort or any effort, feel free to do so.
It is your absolute right and the PGR supports that right. If you
chose to do so however, leave your vest, your PGR banner and flag at
home. To not do so would be in violation of the member code of conduct
and frankly sends a disappointing message that you put yourself ahead
of our mission.
Remember that it’s not about us….
Rob “bees” Butler
Patriot Guard Riders