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Old 03-21-2014, 04:59 PM   #1
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Patriot Guard

Just received this email from the Patriot Guard, regarding the death of Fred Phelps.
Very dignified and proper response in my opinion.
PGR National message-MO-With Regard to the Passing of Fred Phelps


PGR - Jeff Buck jeffbuck@patriotguard.org
5:11 PM (1 hour ago)

to INFO


Please do not reply back to this email. It is being sent by the INFO team on behalf of the PGR President.

Please direct any questions or comments to the contacts listed below.

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Patriot Guard,

Let’s first remember our Nation’s true Heroes. Those brave men and women of our military and first responders who gave their life so that we may enjoy the freedom to express our differences.

While it is hard to find anything good to say about his views or actions, we do give our condolences to his family during what must be a painful time for them. We take no joy in the sickness and death of any man. We do not celebrate the death of Fred Phelps. Patriot Guard Riders hope that Mr. Phelps somehow found the peace that seemed to elude him in life.

It is true that the PGR grew out of a response to protests at funerals. That's a fair statement.

However, that was 2005 and the PGR quickly learned that there was something powerful in a gathering of Americans who would simply stand and hold flags and let a family know that they were not alone. That powerful thing became our mission.

We are neither a protest nor a counter protest group. We honor fallen Heroes and those who have honorably served this free America. The presence or absence of a protest does not alter that mission.

If it not for this man and his family we might not have heeded the call to regularly honor the sacrifices of our nation’s true heroes and their families. Nor would we have come to know the brother/sisterhood that has become the Patriot Guard Riders.

Respectfully,

Robbie



Robbie Smart

President

Patriot Guard Riders

540-841-7272



www.PatriotGuard.org
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:29 PM   #2
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Nice. The world is too full of hate to add more even toward one like him.
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Old 03-23-2014, 04:25 AM   #3
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Perhaps the nearest PGR Chapter to where the family holds the funeral, could show up and respectfully attend the service - giving to Phelps and his family what they tried to deny to others.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:01 AM   #4
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PGR rules are that they only attend at a funeral at the request of the family. I don't foresee that happening.
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:58 AM   #5
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I've been on 3 PGR missions.
ALL the people I've met have been about nothing other than showing respect and honor.
This response affirms that.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:52 AM   #6
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Fred Phelps can only be described as an individual filled with hate, no matter what his motivation. That being said, his actions, and the actions of his followers, brought the plight of veterans and other persecuted groups more to the forefront of our social consciousness.

Do not hate, but rather pity him.

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:15 AM   #7
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The PGR has always been about respect.

OTOH, we can hope that The Big Guy Upstairs had earnest discussions with Mr Phelps before sending him downstairs...

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:35 AM   #8
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Class act. Rare these days.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:46 AM   #9
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I've been on 3 PGR missions.
ALL the people I've met have been about nothing other than showing respect and honor.
This response affirms that.
That has been my experience as well. I've participated in 8 missions so far and they are a good, sincere, and welcoming group. They truly don't care if you are veteran (I am not) or what you ride or how you dress. I'd encourage anyone with a desire to help to look into the organization.
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:26 AM   #10
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Perhaps the nearest PGR Chapter to where the family holds the funeral, could show up and respectfully attend the service - giving to Phelps and his family what they tried to deny to others.
I remember reading that the Phelps family has chosen not to have a funeral for ol Fred. I really can't imagine why.
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Old 03-24-2014, 06:05 PM   #11
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They truly don't care if you are veteran (I am not) or what you ride or how you dress. I'd encourage anyone with a desire to help to look into the organization.
Same here in that I never was in the service, I ride a Honda ST1300 and wear ATGATT. I sorta stand out when I get to the meeting place.
Doesn't make any difference.
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