THE MONUMENT HAS BEEN A CONCERTED EFFORT OF THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 45, THE CITY OF HARRISBURG, THE PLEASANT VIEW CEMETERY BOARD, AND A FUTURE EAGLE SCOUT, MATTHEW BLOW
The monument consists of 7 flag poles one for each branch of the service; one for the POW/MIA flag; one for the State of South Dakota flag and one for the Ensign.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE – MUST READ
ATTENTION South Dakota PGR MEMBERS!!!
This is a very important letter. Please read it in it’s entirety.
It has come to my attention that a few of us have purchased a new PGR back patch that is not in adherence to “Motorcycle Club” standards. It is the 3 piece patch with the Fallen heroes round patch in the middle and the rocker Patriot Guard on top and the rocker Riders on the bottom.
As you all know, we are a motorcycle group, not a club.
We have always enjoyed a great amount of support and respect from the Coalition and all the Motorcycle Clubs that we share the road with. I do not know who designed this patch, and I understand it is only being sold on Ebay, but it is not an approved patch to wear in accordance with Coalition rules.
The problem lies with the fact that it is a 3 piece patch. For those of you who are not aware, a three piece patch denotes a member of a motorcycle club. We as members of a motorcycle group purchase our back patches and a group usually has a few different patches to choose from. A member of a motorcycle club “Earns” his patch. It is a long and challenging process to go through to earn the right to wear a three piece patch on your back. Therefore, and understandably, the Coalition is not giving approval to wear this patch. Therefore, if you have this patch and are wearing it, I am asking you to cease imediately.
The bottom line here folks is Respect. That is all that is being asked of us by the Clubs who’s members earn the right to wear such patches. There is a very good web site that I encourage all of you to look at. http://www.rcvsmc.net/index.html is a site that was put together to educate riders on the difference between motorcycle groups and motorcycle clubs. You will see over and over again that respect between the two organizations is very important. Just like our mission statement and the respect we show our Veterans. This site will educate you on the history of clubs and the three piece patch as well as how to enter-act with club members. It is very interesting and I highly recommend reading it.
Again, If you have this patch, it is very important that you contact me ASAP and you stop wearing the patch. When you are shopping for a patch or deciding what you would like to put on the back of your jacket, keep these things in mind.
1. Do not use a 3 piece patch.
2. it is a good idea to stay away from city or section of a city and state names, such as having Sout Dakota or a town name on the back of your jacket or vest. Having these on your back may denote a territory or turf.
3. The safe bet is to purchase your PGR patches and gear from National PGR site store atwww.patriotguard.org and click on the PGR Gear in the site navigation box at the left. These sites are aware of the rules and you are pretty safe with what you buy there. I would suggest staying away from sites such as Ebay because we do not know who is selling this stuff. If you have any questions as to whether something is OK to wear or not, check with me or a ride captain before you buy and I will find out for you if I don’t already know if it is an approved item or not. This could save you some money, embarrassment, or even worse if you wear the wrong thing on your back.
I appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions, as always, you can contact me. Thanks a bunch. Take care and ride safe.
After about 27 hours of straight work, the new national PGR website is ready to launch.
There are a few things that I want to make sure everyone understands:
•ALL MEMBERS MUST GO THROUGH THE RESET PASSWORD PROCESS! Even if you got in and played around with the Beta site, everything on there was overwritten.
•There will be members that are prompted to complete their profile. This is due to forcing specific fields that are required for the site – First and last names, email address, City/State, etc.
•There will be some access issues, and we will work with members as those come up.
•I will be adding more to the FAQ section that will be specific to our setup.
* I will adhere to the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) mission and vision statements, and incorporate the principles contained therein into all my actions as a PGR member.
* I will treat other PGR members with the same dignity and respect I would expect for myself.
* I will remember that my PGR membership role is a position of responsibility to those we serve.
* I will do everything in my power to demonstrate to Gold and Blue Star families, and families of veterans and home-front first-responders that the PGR honors them for the service and sacrifice of their loved ones. This is extended to activities honoring living individuals and units of these organizations.
* I will remember that our mission to honor these families and their wishes is my main priority as a PGR member.
* I recognize that my interactions with law-enforcement, government officials and the military reflect on the entire Patriot Guard Riders organization and can have far-reaching implications for those relationships in other areas.
* I will act accordingly, respecting the protocols and regulations of those agencies.
* In any interaction with the media and general public, I will avoid actions or communications which would negatively impact the reputation of good will toward the PGR. This includes actions which could present the appearance of political activism on behalf of PGR. The PGR is a non-political organization. I agree to maintain a strict non-political stance when representing the PGR in any capacity.
Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.
We don’t care what you ride or if you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a hawk or a dove. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your income is; you don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.
Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives:
Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.
We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.
To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.