About the 2013 Spirit of America CSM John & Brenda Perry Support for Military Families Award recipients: The Patriot Guard Riders
The CSM John and Brenda Perry Support for Military Families Award was created in 2011 by the Spirit of America Festival Committee to help promote the message that supporting our military families and our Armed Forces is a right and important duty. The award is presented to a person, group or organization that has significantly supported military families. In 2013, this award is being presented to The Patriot Guard Riders, a group who truly understands the theme of the 2013 Spirit of America Festival, that “Freedom is not Free” and whose motto is “Standing for those who stood for us.”
The Patriot Guard Riders have provided the information below as their Mission Statement:
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.