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5/28/2010 7:38:40 AM


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Note before you read this..This forum and the information contained were begun by me many years ago when I was the Colorado State Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders, a position i stepped down from back in 2008. Feel free use the information below, and to post or ask questions, but keep in mind I am NOT the State Captain anymore. Thanks.

Brad 'CHARGER' Lewellen

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Welcome to the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders. I will attempt to explain the forums to you, and how to learn about missions and events the easy way. Finding out about missions and events requires you to be pro-active. There are too many members for us to be contacting you. However, there are short cuts, which I will get to later.

First and foremost, there are two websites you should be signed up for. You are currently on the Colorado PGR website, which we use to post planning, staging, updates, and changes for ALL missions. You should also be signed up for the National PGR website, where all Confirmed Missions and Memorial Missions are also posted so that PGR members from all over the country can post their condolences. Be sure you go to www.patriotguard.org and sign up NOW.

The Patriot Guard Riders only go to missions when invited. We do not get invited to some funerals, and we always respect the wishes of the family when this happens. Sometimes we are not at liberty to reveal the reasons we were not invited, and we always ask that you please understand and respect the family’s privacy. Also, there are sometimes security reasons why we cannot attend some Welcome Homes and Send Offs, and these same security reasons keep us from telling you why.



Also, we occasionally send email to our members for special events or items that require special notice. To sign for that list, please click the following link: http://coloradopgr.us1.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=6b4f9b31352daa0cd196e3bc3&id=1815ae39b6

Secondly, as our mission statement says, “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. The only prerequisite is Respect. The question we get more than any other is that somebody isn’t a veteran, or doesn’t ride a motorcycle, and they wonder if we will accept them. Absolutely! You do not have to ride or be a veteran to join. As one of our RC’s likes to say, you could show up at a mission on a pogo stick, and as long as you show respect, you will be welcome

Be sure to read the directions in the MISSION INFORMATION Forum. Instructions there tell you how to subscribe to to receive emails and updates whenever a new mission is added or updated.

A Confirmed Mission for the PGR is defined as a Funeral or a Memorial service for any member of our Armed Forces currently serving, or for a Veteran of previous service. The funeral is usually the first service, while a Memorial is an additional service done later. We also do Missions for First Responders, such as Police, Firefighters, EMT‘s, etc. We sometimes do missions for fallen PGR Members. Again, all of these happen only if and when we are invited.

We also attend Welcome Homes and Send Offs when invited. I strongly encourage PGR members to attend these whenever possible. It will make you so proud to see how strong the soldiers are as they head off to fight for us, and it will bring tears to your eyes when you see a soldier and his/her family being reunited after so long apart. Sometimes we even get to be there as they get to see a son or daughter born while they have been gone. NOTE: Most Welcome Homes and Send Offs occur on secure Military facilities, and to attend these missions requires being vetted before you are allowed on the premises. Always read the posts for these missions carefully to see what is required.

HOTH Missions
(Help On The Homefront) are other things we do or get invited to, such as rides to VA Nursing Homes and Hospitals, Poker Runs, Parades, Charity Events, etc..

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Socializing at missions

I was contacted by a Colorado Ride Captain about this issue last night, and have myself noticed lately that we have started to do a little too much socializing in the flag line at missions lately. When we are standing the flag line at Confirmed and Memorial missions, any mission where loved ones are mourning the loss of someone, we need to remember the reason we are there and show respect and reverance to the moment. Socializing should only be done before the mission at staging, and after the mission is completed and away from those attending the service. Please try and keep this picture in mind. A family member is standing at the service for their loved one. The PGR is lined up with our flags to show respect. The family member is hugging another with tears running down their face, when they happen to glance up and see two of us leaning towards each other in the flag line smiling and laughing about something we just said. If this was the service for your Father, how would that make you feel or what would you think about the PGR in that moment.

We all need to keep that in mind, stand straight, proud, and silently in the flag lines, and do all in our power to make sure we do not become that person the family sees joking around and laughing. It is the very least we can do!

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How many Patriot Guard Riders are you expecting today?

The Ride Captains get asked that question all the time by the familys when we are setting up missions, and we can almost never really answer the question. We can give them a SWAG (Scientific Wild-Ass Guess), but since most people do not post that they plan to attend a mission, we never know for sure.

I think we can do better!

I am putting out a request to all Colorado PGR members to please post and let us know whenever you plan to attend a mission, and whether you will be riding or caging. Simply add a post to the mission thread letting us know you are coming. Not only does it help us answer the question, but it also helps us with logistics. How many flags should I bring? How much water will we need? How much parking will we take up? Is fill in the blank going to be here today?

Thanks to everybody, and as always, be safe!

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Mission and Event Priority - What should I do?

A lot of PGR members, especially new ones, ask what the priority is for PGR missions and HOTH events.

1) Confirmed missions

2) Memorial missions

3) Send Off and Welcome Home missions

4) HOTH events

The PGR exists because we all heard the call to Stand for our fallen hero's, and be sure that their family and friends never have to withstand the grief alone. If needed, we also make sure they don’t have to put up with intrusions or objections from others. Therefore, Confirmed missions should always be of the highest priority, followed very closely by Memorial missions. For those wondering, a Confirmed mission is almost always the actual funeral, while a Memorial mission is usually a later service done for those unable to attend the funeral, and there will NOT be remains present.

After that, we have to keep the men and women serving our country of the highest priority, so Send-off's and Welcome Home's would be third, because these men and women are going into, or returning from harms way for us.

Fourth on the list would be HOTH events, such as events at VA Hospitals and Nursing Homes, Poker Runs, charity rides, parades, etc....

Keep in mind that there is a reason why the first three things in the list are called missions, while the fourth is called events. Missions are the reason the PGR exists, while events should be considered just that, an event.


Thanks to everybody, and be safe.

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The Colorado Patriot Guard Riders now have an official address. We will use this address as our official HOTH address, and this is where all donations made to us can now be sent. Give this address to anybody that wishes to make a donation to us and would rather mail us a check instead of giving cash. ( They can send cash too!)

Patriot Guard Riders of Colorado
PO Box 36129
Denver, Colorado 80236

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5/28/2010 8:12:28 AM


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All new members please post below. Give us a little info about yourself (not too much, this is an open forum) so that we can welcome you to the Colorado Patriot Guard Riders.Applause
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5/28/2010 9:50:06 PM


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Brad, my name is Mike "Rico" Christensen, I live in the Franktown, CO area, and have been following the posts from Ronnie Jost for some time. I'm glad to get hooked up on the CO PGR site as well. I am a Vet, I do ride, but have yet to make an event due to a lousy schedule among other things. Got our son graduating High School this weekend, so probably won't make it this weekend either. Hopefully soon. Cheers, Rico
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5/29/2010 6:36:56 AM


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Rico, trust me, I understand when you talk about a lousy schedule. The fact that you joined us and took the time to introduce yourself shows where your heart is. When you do get the chance to make a mission, we all look forward to meeting you and shaking your hand.
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5/29/2010 1:31:39 PM

RJ Shumate
RJ Shumate
Posts: 11
My name is RJ Shumate. I am new to the site, I have done about four missions in the Springs. I'm proud to ride with you guys and gals. I am retired Army and currently I work in Afghanistan as a security contractor. My Daughter is in Iraq on deployment. She will return to Bragg in October. I will ride with you guys whenever I can.

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RJ "Cupcake" Shumate
US Army 1983-2003
Cell: (719) 209-0397
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5/29/2010 5:21:12 PM


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I'm Bryan. Just moved back to the Springs about 3 months ago. I'm retired Air Force (Feb 09). Only rode one mission so far. Looking forward to more..as long as they are on the weekends. Gotta pay the bills first
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5/29/2010 5:26:55 PM


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Welcome to RJ and Bryan. Very glad to have you with us, and looking forward to meeting you soon!
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5/29/2010 5:49:36 PM

Ted Malone
Ted Malone
Administrator
Posts: 1267
Welcome Bryan!

Always good to have some Air Force blood in the crew... I was getting pretty tired of the sea-dog stories...

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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
http://www.coloradopgr.org
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5/30/2010 11:57:14 AM


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Hi, my name is Bob I recently became a Gold Star father. When things settle down for me I will be joining you on some missions. I was drafted into the Army '71. Obtained the rank of Spec 5. Never saw combat, never left the states. My gratitude for those that serve, and have served is immeasurable.
Bob Wichmann
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5/30/2010 12:02:06 PM


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Bob, thank you Sir for your service. I was the Ride Captain at Grant's service, and have already expressed my sorrow for your loss in person, but want you to know that he and the sacrifice he made for my freedoms will never be forgotten. Thank you for joining us, and I look forward to meeting you in the future.
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5/30/2010 1:13:53 PM

Ted Malone
Ted Malone
Administrator
Posts: 1267
Welcome Bob and thank you for your service for sure! It was our honor to stand for Grant, and will indeed be a true honor to stand with you!

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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
http://www.coloradopgr.org
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6/1/2010 8:30:18 AM


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Brad; Im Jake, new to all this. I live in Aurora, I do ride. my schedule will more than likely keep from many of the missions, but will be there when I can..... thanks
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6/1/2010 7:31:23 PM


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Welcome Jake. We appreciate your situation, and thank you for joining us. Make a mission when you can sometime, and we will look forward to meeting you.
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6/2/2010 6:01:53 AM

Steven Marsh
Steven Marsh
Posts: 428
I would like to add my Welcome to all of you new members and thank you for joining us.

Bob I met you already when I had the Privilege and Honor to stand for your son. I will never forget the sacrifice he and your family made so that I can be free.

To the rest of you new folks I look forward to meeting you.

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Steve "Da Swampfox" Marsh
Colorado Patriot Guard Riders
RIDE CAPTAIN NORTHERN CO.
RETIRED STATE CAPTAIN
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6/5/2010 6:56:41 PM


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I'm Dustan "Bull" Crelly, I ride a lot and have seen all the good you do for the families of our heroes. I will make it as often as I can. Thanks.
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6/5/2010 7:03:31 PM


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Welcome, Dustan.
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6/5/2010 8:01:51 PM

Ted Malone
Ted Malone
Administrator
Posts: 1267
Welcome Bull!

What part of the state do you live in?

Hope to meet you at a mission soon.

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Ted "Gopher" Malone
Former Assistant State Captain - Southern Colorado
http://www.coloradopgr.org
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6/5/2010 10:22:40 PM


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I'm Melanie. I live in Broomfield. I'm disabled Marine vet. I don't ride but I drive a Marine green Jeep Liberty with lots of USMC bumper stickers! I will join you as often as I can. I volunteer at the Denver Fisher House which is the "Ronald McDonald House" for military/veteran families who have a loved one undergoing medical treatment. Families who stay at Fisher House do not pay for their stay. We have had families that have had to stay over 4 months which would have cost them thousands of dollars in hotel bills. Just wanted to let everyone know about Fisher House!
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6/6/2010 9:18:29 AM


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Welcome, Melanie. Thank you for your service in the USMC, and for that you still do even with being disabled. I look forward to meeting you and shaking your hand.
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6/14/2010 3:37:28 AM


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I'm Tim. I live in Ft. Collins. I have a strange night work schedule but I'll be there when I can. 0351, Marine Barracks Subic Bay P.I., 3/7 Weapons Co.
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