Photo by JC Amberlyn.
KINGMAN – Veterans are willing to give everything for their country, even their lives, and one group that works to ensure they receive proper thanks for it is the Patriot Guard Riders. This local group consists of both veterans and those who have never served in the military but who want to show their respect for both fallen and returning veterans and their families.
The riders stand for fallen veterans, conducting escorts and flag lines for vets who have passed away or who are returning home after service.
They also perform ceremonies for anyone in uniform, such as police officers and firemen. Many ride on motorcycles, but it is not required.
Senior Ride Captain Loren Larson said when asked by the Miner, “I have served. My family is all vets, my daughter is in the Air Force right now.”
“(Being a Patriot Guard Rider is a way) to show the respect I have.” PGR member Scott Henry stated, “Because I didn’t serve, it’s a way for me to give back to our vets, to the men and women who served.”
The Patriot Guard Riders will escort fallen veterans as well as provide a human shield to protect family of fallen vets from any protestors. They will hold flag lines and send off or welcome home returning veterans.
Family members can request their services by going to www.azpgr.org or emailing Loren Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org. They welcome a chance to honor those who have served.