The Patriot Guard Riders participate in two mission types – Honor Missions and HOTH Missions.
Honor Missions are typically funeral requests or memorial services for a hero or heroes that have passed.
HOTH (Help on the Homefront) Missions include those that are meant to honor a group or a living individual.
Join us in supporting our Military, Veterans, and First Responders.
To become a member you simply register on the National Patriot Guard Riders website and then sign up for the PGR Austin Area Mission Alerts.
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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:
1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
2. 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.
Who We Are
The Patriot Guard Riders was formed in 2005 in response to a fringe church group that began disrupting and disrespecting the funeral services of military service members who were killed-in-action.
Today this 100% volunteer registered 501(c)(3) organization is nationwide. At the invitation of the family, we ensure dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders, and honorably discharged veterans.
What We Do
We honor the service of the veteran by silently standing in a line outside the front of the church or funeral home holding US Flags for about 30 minutes prior to the start of the service.
Forming a flag line at the graveside service is also common. We stand a bit away and around the site until after the service is concluded.
We ride in the procession bearing the veteran to his final resting place, with many of the motorcycles flying US flags. This is a public statement that this funeral procession is for someone who served our country.
Who Can Join
Anyone who respects our nation’s flag and the service of our veterans may participate. You don’t have to ride a motorcycle or be a military veteran to join us. There are no fees, uniforms, meetings, or minimum attendance requirements. Simply attend missions when you can to honor and show gratitude for those who have served our nation.
Letters of Appreciation
“I would like to express our families’ great appreciation for your support.
The funeral for Walter Schupp will be remembered for years to come. Your unselfish tribute is quite honorable.”
“I wanted to say thank you from my whole family and me to the men and women who came and held flags at my dad’s funeral. I remember my sisters and me showing up saying ‘wow is that all for Dad?’ It was such an honor to him and for us to see, it made us tear up.
Thank you all so much for doing what you do.”
“Please accept my most heartfelt gratitude for all the PGR members who helped send SGT Brett Jabot off to his resting place. It’s really hard for me to put into words just how much it meant to everyone and especially Ryan and Tyler (his boys). This was a tough day, but having y’all there was a beautiful way to say goodbye to our brother.”