Thus I have Spoken

June 4, 2006

And This is a good enough reason.

Filed under: Blogging,Friends,Life,Politics — steamdragon @ 12:11 pm

Memorial Day.


Sunburned face.

Pride of place.

Riding in the parade, having people ask, "What is 'Patriot Guard Riders?'"

Telling them that we ride to honor Americas' fallen heroes, and to protect their families from protesters at the funerals.

Having an 80 year old say, "God Bless you for that!"

Handing out a few leaflets (I only had 10).

Having someone in the crowd yell, "Those are the guys that go to soldiers funerals!" and that area breaks out in loud applause.

Having a family member that lost a son, speak a simple "Thank You." and INSISTING to shake your (grime covered from fixing a broken chain) hand .

These are a few of the reasons I stand to when the time comes.

But as simple thoughts as mine, others express them so much better.

I give you the reason. (from the Patriot Guard Riders web site)

Why Do We Ride?

PGR Member Laurel B. Dinsmore May 8, 2006

Why do we do this, you ask?

Why bother to stand out in wind and rain for someone unknown?

Why do we ride through torrents chilled to the bone?

The answer is simple: “Because, Never Again!”

Never again will they return home in shame,

Never again will wearing their uniform cause them pain.

Never again will we forget why they serve.

No, Never Again.

But still I hear you say “Why does it matter to you?”

They aren’t your friends,

your brothers, your sisters,

your father, your mother.”

War is a sad time for many; it is sad but true.

So, why do you gather in the gap between their families and their foes?

The answer is simple: “Because, Never Again!”

Never again will grieving parents, families and friends alone bear mourning’s toil.

Never again will hard-won freedom of speech be used to debase and destroy.

Never again will their sacrifice be dishonored upon their home soil.

No, Never Again.

Why do we gather, why do we ride?

Why travel this country far and wide?

We remember our grandfathers, fathers, brothers and others yet to come.

We stand proud through tears reflecting their courage and pride.

Because, Never Again.

That’s why we ride.

Written in memory of:

Henry C. Barrows ~ Army, WWI (Great-Uncle)

Cecil A. Bray ~ Army paratrooper, WWII (Father)

In honor of:

Garrett C. Bray ~ Navy, Viet Nam (Brother)

Donald A. Dinsmore ~ Marines & Army (Husband)


All Patriot Guard Members


Laurel B. Dinsmore May 8, 2006

And that, my friends is reason enough.




  1. I am a member of the PGR. I also write poetry…and my name is Laurel!
    I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading your poem.
    Take care and many Blessings!

    Comment by Laurel — July 2, 2006 @ 12:30 pm | Reply

  2. Laurel, The praise goes to the author, Laurel D. (You perhaps?) not me…
    All I did was copy it from the PGR website.
    A few of my readers had asked why I rode.
    I felt that poem preaty well explained it.

    Thank You for taking the time to comment though…

    Lets me know I’m not typing into a vacume!
    And if you ARE the author, Thank you for writing it.

    Comment by steamdragon — July 2, 2006 @ 6:03 pm | Reply

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