Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Congratulations and thanks to Lon & Angela Hellerud as the Metro SE Ride Captains!
Congratulations and thanks to Dan Wilkenson as the Metro Senior Ride Captain!  As laid out in our leader description documents, the Metro RC's have voted and confirmed their choice of Dan as the Metro SRC.
The Leader Advisory Committee (LAC), comprised of all the state Ride Captains and Senior Ride Captains have voted to accept the changed Mission Statement for the Minnesota Patriot Guard.  The Board of Directors have voted and ratified.  Changes were to correctly update/reflect in line of duty Police, Firefighters, and First Responders; and to remove the "one thing we have in common ... motorcycles" as there is no requirement to ride in order to pay Honor, Dignity, and Respect.  The new MN PG Mission Statement is as follows:

“The Minnesota Patriot Guard is a 100% Volunteer, registered 501(c)3 non-profit  Organization which ensures Honor, Dignity, and Respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, Honorably discharged Veterans, and line of duty Police, Firefighters, and First Responders.”  Members of the Minnesota Patriot Guard are all members of Patriot Guard Riders National Organization and believe very strongly in its mission.
Minnesota Patriot Guard is a diverse group of individuals with one thing in common: we all have tremendous respect for those who risk their lives every day, whether on American soil or abroad, in securing our Nation's freedoms and liberties.  We welcome those who do not ride motorcycles, those who are not veterans, and those who come from different states.  We encourage those who share this respect to join us in support of all those that have served.

We accomplish our mission strictly through legal and non-violent means.

MN Patriot Guard Mission statement:   To attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family, Providing Honor, Dignity, and Respect.
Other missions undertaken by Minnesota Patriot Guard include:

Funeral Missions as requested by families.
Welcome Home and Deployment Send off Missions.
Visits to VA Medical Centers and MN Veteran Homes.