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Ever since I go my bike it has been my main form of transportation. I commuted to work, got grocery's, went to appointments and just went for rides when I wanted. Since I retired I found that, being in Florida during the winters, I'm not riding as much as I though I would down here because the riding is kind of boring. A month ago I joined a group called the Patriot Guard Riders. It is a group of mostly Veteran's and our primary goal is to honor our servicemen, servicewomen and veterans. We get e-mail notices of missions and we go to the ones that we can make it to. We escort returning and deploying servicemen, we go to funeral services and we attend ceremony's honoring veterans and servicemen. At all these functions we form a silent flag line. There is no membership dues, no meetings to attend and no muster taken at functions. We arrive separately is we want, we attend the function and then we ride home. If you ride with a group that's good, if not that is good also. They not only don't care what you ride, you don't even have to ride, all you have to do is want to honor our serviceman and women and veterans. Here in Florida I get notices of at least a half dozen missions a week that are within 75 miles of my home and dozens more from up to 250 miles away. More that enough to ride just about every day of the week. Just a though for those looking for one more reason to go for a ride.
 
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Hats off to you grumpy. What a welcome biker alternative to those doing wheelies on main street. :)
 

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My best friends son passed away last month. He was military. The Patriot Guard stepped up and did a very nice job honoring his funeral. What was amazing was no one even asked them to show up, they went out of their way to offer their services.
Good job Gramps.
 

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If anyone else wants to join and participate:

http://www.patriotguard.org/content.php?

Very sad and disheartening to learn why and how they were originally founded, but they are definitely sincere, and help to remind us to respect and honor our Veterans.

A good and noble cause.

Bob
 

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Note that you don't need to be a veteran to join. Just show up. Have been on some of their rides and some are major dedicated to this cause (which I applaud). I like the no strings attached and the comradeship; however, they have these when I've got to be at work, so don't go on many. It's great if you're retired, retired.
 
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