Text: H.Res.1501 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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[Congressional Bills 111th Congress]
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[H. Res. 1501 Introduced in House (IH)]

  2d Session
H. RES. 1501

  Honoring the Patriot Guard Riders for their steadfast dedication in 
   support of those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.



                              July 1, 2010

     Mr. Buyer (for himself and Mr. Walz) submitted the following 
   resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services



  Honoring the Patriot Guard Riders for their steadfast dedication in 
   support of those who have sacrificed their lives for our country.

Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders were established in November of 2005 in 
        response to protesters of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who sought to 
        disrupt the funerals of our fallen heroes;
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders have faithfully dedicated themselves to 
        honoring those brave servicemen and women who selflessly made the 
        ultimate sacrifice for our country;
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders protect the mourning families of our Nation's 
        fallen heroes by shielding them from disrespectful interruptions and 
        callous intrusions from war protestors;
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders have selflessly ridden to protect the solemnity 
        and dignity of numerous funerals of fallen service members, preventing 
        countless disruptions to date;
Whereas over 190,000 people have become members of the Patriot Guard Riders to 
        demonstrate their love of liberty and resolute support for those who 
        serve in uniform and those who have died for the cause of liberty;
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders have participated as invited guests in over 
        17,000 missions to date, honoring our defenders of freedom from all past 
        conflicts at events to include, but not limited to, funerals, viewings, 
        parades, welcome home ceremonies, troop send-off ceremonies, and other 
        military gatherings;
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders initiated the Help on the Home Front program, 
        volunteering time and personal resources to repair and rebuild homes, 
        install wheelchair ramps, and provide numerous other forms of assistance 
        for transitioning warriors to ensure that they have the freedom and 
        mobility they deserve to pursue full and meaningful lives;
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders, many of whom are veterans, have played a 
        significant role in the resurgence of patriotism we witness today by 
        their devoted and unwavering displays for our military and country 
        through their honored and respected flag lines for fallen heroes;
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders display of Old Glory has moved many citizens to 
        display flags at home or to join with their community to recognize the 
        American Spirit, and the cost of its defense;
Whereas Congress recognized the need to ensure that the families and loved ones 
        of servicemen and women, who valiantly gave their lives voluntarily 
        serving our Nation, were given the opportunity for a peaceful final 
        farewell through the passage of Public Law 109-228, the Respect for 
        America's Fallen Heroes Act; and
Whereas the Patriot Guard Riders have distinguished themselves in countless 
        other ways such as donating over forty-three thousand dollars to date 
        through the Fallen Warrior Scholarship Fund for U.S. military family 
        members, visiting veterans hospitals, and giving financial assistance to 
        families of fallen soldiers: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives honors the Patriot 
Guard Riders and the contributions of its members to the surviving 
wives and husbands, children, families, and communities of this 
Nation's military who perished protecting their country and the freedom 
of those they left behind.