From a post on this website, I attended my 1st patriot guard mission this summer. As I did not not know what to expect as I rode in to the staging area that morning, what I found was a place of respect. No matter what you rode on or in, what group you were attached to or not, hawk or dove, the only reason anyone was there was respect for a soldier who died for his or her country's freedom and to give a show of support to the family during this tragic time.
Since that time I've ridden 11 missions, luckily some were to welcome troops home instead of standing at a grave site. At most missions there were media in attendance and as the media tends to do, they are looking for a story to sensationalize. If you want to know what the patriot guard is all about, go to the website, patriotguard.org, look on the right side of the home page for pending missions in your area and just go. As riders, we all appreciate the freedoms we enjoy. Take the time to ride and show your respect to those who have paid the ultimate cost for it. Then you can make up your own opinion on what the patriot guard is all about.