from the Red Cross Placement
(Courtesy of The Patriot Guard Riders)
To many people,
motorcyclists are rebels dressed in black leather. For Gary Maddux,
they are simply friends, who have set out to honor his memory and
perhaps save a life.
A year ago, Maddux was
killed on his way home from escorting Medal of Honor recipients. He was
coming back from Gainesville on Hwy. 78 outside of Blue Ridge when a
truck pulled out and hit him causing fatal injuries.
Maddux served in the
Patriot Guard, a group of motorcycle riders who attend the funeral
services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family and
often escort fallen soldiers from the airport to the funeral homes and
then on to the grave sites.
Currently, there are
about 190,000 Patriot Guard members throughout the United States.
April 3, North East
Texas American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) riders turned out
in force to set out on a trek armed with respect for a fallen comrade
and a red cross. More than 150 bikers joined the convoy.
North East Texas ABATE
chapter would like to say
all the ABATE members from all the chapters, the Maddux family
Patriot Guard Riders, King Kruizers CMA members and all the other
The American Legion Riders, The Blue Knights, Combat Vets,
Post 7426 in Farmersville for letting us stage the ride from there,
Blue Knights, Combat Vets, and EVERYONE else who participated,
Farmersville Police Department, The Collin County Sheriff
Sgt Utsey, TXDOT for their help and Sparky and Kokomo for
all their help.