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Patriot Guard Riders Mission Statement

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 or if 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 Next-of-Kin (or the Funeral Director at their behest). Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.

  • 1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.
  • 2. Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protester or group of protesters.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.


To request the presence of the Central Texas Patriot Guard Riders, we ask that the Next-of-Kin, Casualty Assistance Officer or the Funeral Director contact:

Holly “Holler” Melendez, Deputy State Captain; 254.931.0127; (Please do not text)

Thomas "Sleepy" Weideman; 254.258.4901; (Please do not text)

Winchester; 475.434.5393 (Please do not text)

PLEASE try to give us at least 72 hours notice.


For those of you who wish to participate/become members:

  • You may ride a motorcycle or not. You are not required to do anything during a mission except to maintain respect for the fallen and their families. Anyone is welcome and there are plenty of "jobs" to go around. If you're unable to stand for extended periods of time, we welcome you to join us and fill in as "relief" or hand out water to those standing, or just come to show support.

  • It is not a requirement to join the website, but members who do are privy to more areas inside the website, including a link to sign up for email notification of upcoming missions.

  • On the left navigation panel there are links to missions. Click the CenTex Missions link to take you to our local missions. The Mission Order will tell you where to be and when. Just show up on time. We give briefings so you'll know what to do. On the right side of the site, there is a quick-view calendar where you can hover over a date and see which missions are scheduled for CenTex.

  • For your convenience we try to post missions from other areas. Those are listed as "Austin, San Antonio, etc." though they may not always be up to date. A simple web search will guide you to websites for those areas for more complete information. There are NO borders and you're welcome to attend any PGR mission anywhere in the world!

  • There is NO uniform. Everyone shows up in casual wear/riding gear. The PGR does not require the wear or purchase of patches or vests, although we ask that if you already have patches, please ensure they would not offend the family with lewd messages.

  • Our members are all very friendly and helpful. If you have questions ask away!

  • There are no RSVPs for missions and we insist that your health and your family come first so don't feel bad about whether you make all, few or none of the missions. We know where your heart is if you're reading this.

All that said, we hope to meet you soon!

Holly "Holler" Melendez
Deputy State Captain, Central Texas


Links to other areas:

A tool that may be useful is the "Areas Map" located HERE. It shows who is in charge of which Texas areas and which counties make up those areas.

If you find you still need help for other areas, feel free to contact CenTex and we will do everything we are able to connect you with the right folks!


To those of you who are currently serving and fighting for the freedoms of others, at home and abroad, please know that we are backing you. We honor and support you with every mission we carry out, and we are praying for a safe return home for all.


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Don't forget to scroll down the page to keep up!

RIP Larry "Papa D" Fermite Sr, CenTex RC
MembersLast night, Larry "Papa D" Fermite Sr lost his battle with cancer and went on to join his family and join the Patriot Guard in the skies. Larry was a devout rider who rode and stood flaglines for years in his dark trench coat, and a strong supporter of CenTex PGR on and off the flagloine. He became a Ride Captain in 2015, and accomplished several missions as RC. 

Please keep the family in your prayers, and the family has invited us to attend. His service will be November 13th at 1300, and I'll post the mission when the funeral home finalizes everything.

Holly "Holler" Melendez
CenTex Deputy State Captain
Holls419 on 10/27/2023 18:13:06 0 Comments · 155 Reads · Print

Firearms at Missions
A message regarding Open/Concealed Carry during PGR missions:

With the new Open Carry Law, we have had several questions about how this will affect the Patriot Guard.

As we understand the law, you must be a licensed CHL holder in order to legally carry a handgun in the open.

The Texas Patriot Guard is not in the position to question your rights as a licensed CHL holder and will not do so.  A CHL license holder knows where they are allowed to carry a weapon and where they are not allowed to carry based on the laws.

That being said, we all need to remember that the Patriot Guard are invited guests of the family of fallen Veterans at their most sacred time and we are there to pay Honor and Respect.  That respect and some common sense need to prevail.  Our missions/flag lines are not the place to be openly carrying a weapon OR allowing a concealed weapon to be seen.

The Texas Patriot Guard Riders policy will be that no Open Carry will be permitted on any mission. Concealed Carry is permitted IF LEGAL at that location. DO NOT SHOW OFF THAT YOU ARE CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON.

The Mission RC does have the authority to ask anyone who is open carrying to remove the firearm and place it out of view, and/or ask the individual to leave the mission if they refuse. The same goes for concealed carry that is visible to onlookers.

This policy is not in any way, shape, or form to infringe on the rights of a CHL holder, but to simply set a higher standard for which the Patriot Guard is known and presented to our Veterans families at each and every mission.

Thank you all for supporting the Patriot Guard Riders and Honoring our Heroes.
marebear_56 on 04/05/2018 08:59:33 0 Comments · 27193 Reads · Print

Could This Be You This Summer?

(Photo courtesy of Dub's sneaky, camera grabbin' self!)
marebear_56 on 05/17/2010 23:00:00 Read More · 7 Comments · 12940 Reads · Print

Group Riding Information
Group Riding

Good To Know Information excerpted from the Official Centex Ride Captain SOP written by Steve "Scout" Cole. This information has been paraphrased by Gerry "Rocketman" Lowrey for dissemination to you, our Centex PGR Member, to educate and keep you informed so you are better able to contribute to our safety as a whole when we are riding as a group.

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marebear_56 on 08/02/2009 16:00:22 Read More · 7603 Reads · Print

Motorcycle Club/Riding Club Education

Motorcycle Club/Riding Club Education

Those of you who are not that familiar with "Bikers" may find this website interesting. It's NOT a "bible" of what to do or what not to do, but a lot of it is relevant to navigating the biker world.

marebear_56 on 12/31/2008 23:00:00 · Print



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