liberty for all
David Hall works as a sandblaster and is not a U. S. military veteran. He bought a replica of the bell from the Veterans Group after 9/11 and has been tolling the bell all over Texas (and other parts of the country), putting up to 300,000 miles on his truck.
Before every service, the bell tolls every 30 seconds, a somber compliment to the rifle salute.
The Patriot Guard Riders attend the funerals of servicemen and women at the request of the fallen one’s family. The group was initially formed in 2006 to protect funerals from protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church who claimed the deaths of American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan was retribution for American tolerance of homosexuality.
The group’s mission quickly expanded to include the funerals of law enforcement officers, fire department personnel, and any active duty member or veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and is now largely focused on recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of deceased soldiers as well as their families and loved ones. As of April 28, 2008, the group reported over 137,000 members. In addition to their attendance at funerals, the group also greet the soldiers at welcome home celebrations, deployment ceremonies, and perform volunteer work for veteran’s organizations such as Veterans Homes.
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us. We don’t care what you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a “hawk” or a “dove”. It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn’t matter where you’re from or what your income is. You don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect. Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.