man among Patriot Guard Riders who participated in ceremony on Wednesday
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Ed Schmidt of Osgood, was among the Patriot Guard Riders who participated
in the departure ceremony of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat
Team on Wednesday, January 2 in the RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
The 114,000 member strong national organization was the only civilian
entity invited to take part in the event, according to Schmidt.
The local veteran said the organization was begun two and a half
years ago by a group of American Legion motorcycle riders in Kansas.
Their primary focus in the beginning was to combat those who would
protest at military funerals. We serve as a shield for the
grieving families, Schmidt told The Versailles Republican.
Schmidt said while they havent heard much from the protestors
recently, the riders attend many military funerals at the request
of the family showing respect for the deceased and serving as
a support for the family.
Patriot Guard Riders displayed their patriotism with pride and
were posted at the entrances to the dome before the ceremony began.
Standing guard displaying large American flags, several members
lined the curtain that later opened to dispel thousands of soldiers
who marched onto the floor, where they were the guests of honor.
Schmidt was one of 40 members who attended a funeral at Westport
last Saturday, December 29 where 16 of the members rolled in on
motorcycles despite the cold temperatures. Schmidt is a member
of the Osgood American Legion and the Lawrenceburg American Legion
Riders. To find out more about the organization, you can go online:
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Ed Schmidt of Osgood, was posted at one entrance to the
RCA Dome. He is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders.