Patriot Guard Riders
Standing for those who stood for us—the mission of the Patriot Guard Riders.
The Patriot Guard Riders is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across the nation. They have one thing in common besides motorcycles. They have an unwavering respect for those who risk their lives for America’s freedom and security. Their main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family.
Music To Soothe The American Soul
The Patriotic Melodies collection in the Library of Congress tells the stories behind many of the songs that have now become part of the American national heritage. A combination of hymns, national songs, music of the theater, radio and television, military themes, and poetry, all of this music demonstrates that while over history many things have changed, this expression of pride and hope remain a constant part of the American experience. Below is a sampling of what you will find.
Black canvas. White stitching. Bright, half-moon rubber toe. Heel emblazoned with a little patch that said Converse. Beguiling word, Converse. And a marvelous creation. Certainly the finest tennis shoe known to man—or boy growing up in the 1960s, at any rate. The proliferation of knock-offs surely demonstrated this point more elegantly than could the arguments of any fifth grader. Thus I reasoned while surveying the pitiful canvas and rubber abominations attempting to pass as tennis shoes, lined up before me at the Kenny’s Shoe Store.
Scared? Who? Me? Damn straight! I stand there looking Fear in the face. That’s Fear with a capitol “F-E-A-R,” complete with body and per- sonality all its horrible own. The name of that particular fear is “Water.”
Many Americans just can't live without their daily caffeine fix. The explosion of gourmet coffee shops like Starbucks and Tully's, and the rising popularity of energy drinks like Red Bull and Rockstar, makes it clear that we just can't function without our daily jolt of liquid energy.
In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami that hit Southeast Asia, Wayne Elsey, the Founder and CEO of Soles4Souls Inc., felt compelled to do something. Like many of us, he didn’t know exactly what to do. One evening, while at home watching television, he saw a picture of a single shoe washing up on the beach. That triggered a few calls to some other executives in the footwear industry, and the subsequent donation of a quarter of a million shoes to victims in the devastated countries.