We are a non-profit [501(c)(3)] all volunteer organization that is associated with the national Patriot Guard Riders. Our organization has existed since 2006 and became incorporated in April of 2009. We come from diverse professional and personal backgrounds, but all of us share an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. Our main mission is attending the funeral services of fallen American heroes (military and first responders) as invited guests of the family. We seek to honor the fallen; support their families, friends, and communities; and shield them from uninvited guests and/or protestors. We do not engage in political, protest, or counter-protest activities in the execution of our mission. Instead, we shield those who might be affected by uninvited guests and/or protestors by strategically positioning ourselves while holding American flags. We do not charge any money for our support, because we are honored and privileged to be able to provide it.
Accordingly, we also believe that membership in the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders is a privilege.
Every member of the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders is a volunteer who donates his or her time, energy, and other personal resources in the furtherance of our mission. Our members are extraordinary folks who, because of their dedication and commitment, are the engine of our organization. Being a military veteran is not a requirement for membership, and many of our members are not. Riding a motorcycle is not a requirement, and many of our members participate in vehicles for a variety of reasons. Regardless, the thread that binds everyone in our organization is a requisite level of honor and respect that is consistent with our mission, and patriotism.
There are no membership dues or regularly scheduled membership meetings, with the exception of our annual Board of Directors meeting. Members are welcome to attend that meeting but are not required to do so. The date, time, and location of the meeting are announced in advance for those who are interested in attending.