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  1. #31
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Gray Court, SC
    Quote Originally Posted by Danieljoe1 View Post
    This one is real simple boys and girls. If/when you are attending a funeral for military personell, go to the city and request a permit to assemble 100 people outside the cemetary, starting at both sides of the entrance extending 50' in all directions, for a support rally. That way when the protesters show up, you can have them picked up for tresspass during your rally and for exciting violence as well. Its BS that this needs to be done, but its the easiest way. Take the area away that they want, and you will drive them farther away from you and just maybe, maybe, they will go the frick away.

    That's being done now. All you have to do is contact your local chapter of Patriot Guard Riders and they will cover the perimeter of the funeral. They block the protesters view of the funeral with American Flags and a wall of bikers. We have an active chapter here and they are very active in military support groups activities.

    Patriot Guard Riders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    The Patriot Guard Riders is a US motorcycle club that attends the funerals of members of the United States Armed Forces at the invitation of the deceasedís family.[1][2][3][4]
    The group was initially formed to shelter and protect the funerals from protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church, who claim that the deaths of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are divine retribution for American tolerance of homosexuality. The Patriot Guard positions itself to physically shield the mourners from the presence of the Westboro protesters by blocking the protesters from view with their motorcade, or by having members hold American flags. The group also drowns out the protesters' chants by singing patriotic songs or by revving motorcycle engines.
    Although initially founded by motorcyclists, the organization is open to anyone, regardless of political affiliation, veteran status, or whether they ride or not. The only prerequisite is "a deep respect for those who serve our country; military, firefighters, or law enforcement". The Patriot Guard was established in Mulvane, Kansas at American Legion Post 136 in 2005[5].
    The group's mission quickly expanded to include the funerals of law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, all first responders, and any active duty member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces from all previous wars and conflicts and is now largely focused on recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of fallen servicemembers as well as their families and loved ones. As of August 28, 2010, the group reported over 201,000 members. In addition to their attendance at funerals, the group also greets troops returning from overseas at welcome home celebrations, deployment ceremonies, and perform volunteer work for veteran's organizations such as Veterans Homes. The group also assists families in financial difficulties with travel and housing arrangements, and also visits military hospitals to encourage and honor wounded servicemembers of the United States Armed Forces.
    Mission statement

    Taken from the organization's website, the stated mission of the Patriot Guard Riders is:[6]
    ď 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 Americaís freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us. We donít care what you ride, what your political views are, or whether youíre a "hawk" or a "dove". It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where youíre from or what your income is. You donít 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.

    1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
    2. Shield the mourning family and 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.
    USAF Retired, CATM, SC CWP, NH NR CWP, NRA Benefactor
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  3. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgrunt View Post
    There are a number of military bases (7) within 100 miles of where I live.. There have not been any disturbances at the funerals of any military personnel that I have heard of. Given the number of military retirees, active duty military and Reserve/National Guardsmen in the area, I think the pastor (?) would not find an audience willing to put up with his brand of BS. This seems to be a cult following akin to the Jim Jones bunch more than a Christian pastor and his flock. Look out if he starts passing out KoolAid!
    They were supposed to come to Georgia for one of their "protests" but were evidently persuaded not to by a letter writing campaign. I would have liked to read some of those letters. Not all the funerals are held near military bases. They go where ever a funeral for a military member is being held.
    Last edited by ronwill; 10-21-2010 at 07:20 PM. Reason: Added Info

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