2011 Community Service Award, accepted on behalf of the Patriot Guard Riders by State Captain Dave Kern on June 11, 2011

On June 11, 2011, the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 20 awarded the Patriot Guard Riders of NY with the 2011 Community Service Award.  As Patriot Guard Riders, we are not in this for awards or recognition.  It's not about us, we do it because it's the right thing to do.  However, it is a very great honor to receive this award from a group that was founded 30 years ago by veterans searching to find meaning, redemption and honor in having served in what was a very unpopular war.  It is my hope that this award will inspire you as it has done me, not in a spirit of vanity, but in the spirit in which it was given.  It is also my hope that it will remind you that what we do is very important.  What we do is important not just to the Gold Star families who lost their loved one, it is important to the Blue Star families who live every day with the fear of a knock at the door.  It is important to those who are currently serving and to those who have served.  It is important to our Vietnam Veterans who vowed that the next generation of veterans not be abandoned.  It is important to continue to model this respect to our communities and to our young people.

This award belongs to all of you.  Think of this the next time you stand a mission.  Whether it is this week or next month or next year; whether you ride a motorcycle or not; whether you are a veteran or not.  Thank you for standing for those who stood for us.


Laurie Martin
Board of Directors

26 Sept 2011

The family and friends of Captain Susan Struminski would like to extend our appreciation to all the Patriot Guard Riders who paid their respect to her by standing guard at her wake on August 30th at Zajac Funeral Home in Niagara Falls, New York.  We salute you for your loyalty and selflessness.  She loved her military family and she also loved being a soldier.  We thank you for recognizing her service to our country.  Sue will be sadly missed by all who had the opportunity to have her in their lives.  She was an angel on earth and certainly one in Heaven now.  God Bless you all.
I attended the funeral services for Sgt Trevor Cook USMC today in Medina NY.  I did not know Trevor (only through stories and photographs), but I am dating his cousin and went to support the family and pay my respects.  There was a large group representing your organization there, and this was my first experience with the Patriot Guard.  I just wanted to tell you how much the family and friends of Trevor appreciated your presence.  I was quite moved by the whole experience and the Patriot Guard members were a large part of that. I think it is truly inspiring work that you do, and it means a great deal to everyone in attendance.  Thanks for all that you do, and please keep up the good work.
With great respect,
Joe Baldi
17 July 2011


I saw a video on the web today about this organization and I was just very impressed.  What a wonderful organization with a very important mission.

I am a citizen that is not a fan of our current foreign wars at all.  I am not a supporter of many of our actions in foreign lands.  I am a "liberal" if one must pick a side.  I don't ride Harley Davidson bikes but prefer riding BMWs.  I am agnostic and not active in religion.  With that being said, I am a human with feelings and compassion, especially for a family that has lost their loved one, a wife that has lost her husband, a child that has lost their parent.  Despite not supporting our wars, I believe that giving your life on the battlefield for your nation is an honor, and constitutes you as a hero.  We all must support our troops, no matter what your opinions or ideologies are.  A soldier cannot choose his/her battle.  They must only commit to serve their nation and be loyal to their superior.  It is the only way armed forces can work effectively.

It is disgusting to me to hear of this church organization protesting at our nation's heroes funeral ceremonies.  I am very thankful that this group has formed to help these families grieve for their loss and be shielded from these morons that are filled with hate.  Although I see myself as sticking out and being "different" than most of your members, I would gladly stand proud alongside the group joining them in honoring our fallen troops.  I'd even ride a Harley that day if need be :)

Thank you very much for your actions and fighting American freedom of speech with MORE freedom of speech :)


Fernando Fiore
Rochester, NY

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