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Patriot Guard Riders Honor Fallen Heroes

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A local organization has made it their mission to ensure that the utmost dignity and respect is paid to fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans.

The Patriot Guard Riders, or PGR, in West Central Arkansas, answers the call from veteran families to attend services of fallen heroes. The Patriot Guard Riders are completely volunteer-based and a federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Newly appointed Ride Captains Gus and Gina Gustafson stated “we just want the community to know about our organization and that we do need to be invited by the veteran’s family to attend. We will not just show up at a service. Also, we would like to have the funeral homes know this and recommend us to the families of veterans, law enforcement, and fire.” The Gustafsons, who have been PGR members themselves since 2005, are hoping to increase membership and build up the organization in this area. “Anyone can join, it’s free,” added the PGR Captains. “Anyone can volunteer, they do not have to be veterans. They can be any age and they do not have to ride a motorcycle.”

The Patriot Guard Riders are a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation, with one thing in common, an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. The only prerequisite, respect.

“Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family,” the Gustafsons stated. “Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives. First, show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities. And secondly, shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protesters. We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.”

The Patriot Gaurd Riders also work in conjunction with organizations like SADA, Students Against Drunk Driving and Scouts of America. For more information on the Patriot Guard Riders in West Central Arkansas, you can visit their Facebook page, or contact Ride Captains Gus and Gina Gustafson at 928-404-3841.

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