Hi MN Patriot Guard... we have a request of our PGR friends in MN even though it might not be popular.
There are many cool things to do in support not just of our military and but also of our country and other patriots. You should show your support for what your heart tells you to do, please just do it as a citizen and not a representive of the Patriot Guard.
If you are going to attend an event such as the Flag Rally recently held in Brooklyn Park.... please don't wear your MN Patriot Guard gear. It is very important that we be non political and wearing the gear to it makes us look like we are lobbying or protesting a decision made by the government. We are not a protest nor a counter-protest group.
Also...there are many events people hold that aren't Patriot Guard related though in support of our military. Please be very careful to not give the impression it is Patriot Guard related. We don't attend events where we are the "bunting on the stage", we are not honor guards, nor are we a "Flag Line" for hire.
The MN Patriot Guard has a Mission Scope which governs our group on what we do. All based on our mission statement on our webpage. We moderate when we have flaglines because we need to not let the meaning of them get so common they don't stand as honor, dignity, and respect for our fallen heroes any longer.
A few years somebody did a flag line for Lee Greenwood because he sings Patriotic Songs. Yes he does and he has made millions of dollars from them and he has never served in the military.
Somebody also did a flag line for Willie G Davidson because he is a patriot. Willie was an executive in a motorcycle company that still doesn't acknowledge the PGR and he never served in the military.
While we like and respect them for what they have accomplished professionally we don't think either of them has earned a PGR Flag Line.
Read our home page if you have any questions on our Mission Statement... http://www.mnpatriotguard.org/
The excitement and passion people feel for what we do is amazing and wonderful!! We just need to keep it tempered back to what we do while representing who we are.
Any and all of us are welcome to do whatever we choose as citizens.... we only request that you don't wear your PGR gear if it might create confusion or a question if we are involved in it.
Minnesota PGR State Captain
President, MN Patriot Guard