Patriot Guard Riders of Illinois

                                                                     New Member Information


Welcome and get ready! Welcome to an organization that honors all Veterans, Law Enforcement and First Responders. Get ready to be something bigger than yourself. It is our privilege to honor those mentioned above who have sacrificed so much in service to our country. They have served us and it is our turn to show our appreciation and serve them and their families. Below is a list of helpful things that will walk you through your first mission with the Patriot Guard Riders. If you have any questions about these items, please ask your RC. 

Popular Acronyms or Commands We Use

  • Attention- Sometimes commanded “Ahten-hut”. Member should be standing straight with arms at their sides, feet together, and head straight. 
  • LEO- Law Enforcement Officer
  • Order Arms- Member shall place their hands at their sides essentially ending their salute or hand over heart.
  • Parade Rest- Member should stand comfortably waiting for instruction or dismissal. Feet should be shoulder width apart or a comfortable distance for participant. 
  • PGR- Patriot Guard Riders
  • Present Arms- Member should salute if they are a veteran or place their hand over their heart if not.
  • RC- Ride Captain- Each mission has a Ride Captain. They are the people that are in charge of every aspect of the mission. They will provide details as to what will happen the day of the mission. 
  • SRC- Senior Ride Captain- There are 7 in the entire state. Each SRC is in charge of his own region. 
  • Gear- Patriot Guard clothing, patches and accessories. 

How do you receive mission notices? Mission notices are sent out via constant contact and will arrive in your inbox. Missions are sent out to the whole state at one time, so make sure you open those emails to ensure you are not missing anything. If you are not receiving notices, make sure you have marked all ILPGR emails as a trusted sender. They may end up in your SPAM email folder. If you still are not getting notifications of missions in your area, email and she will check on your status. 

Funeral Participants will often come up and thank you for your service. If you have served, thank them. If you haven’t served, simply state, you did not serve in the military but this is how you serve now. Remember, you are there at one of the worst days of their life. They may also invite you to the luncheon afterwards. Respectfully decline and thank them for the invitation. That is a time for family and friends. More often than not, we stop and have a meal together to debrief and enjoy some camaraderie with each other. 

 Please sign up via the National Patriot Guard Riders website. From there you will select the Mid-West Region and finally selecting Illinois. 

Many Patriot Guard Regions have Facebook pages. Ask your SRC to direct you or invite you to those pages for more announcements regarding your part of the state. 

Patriot Guard merchandise can be bought via the national website listed above. If you live in the Chicagoland area, our brick and mortar store is located at 200 Alder Dr. North Aurora, IL 60542 or you can call them at (630) 340-5156 or email them at

1 May 2022