"MISSIONS"

By John J. Davis

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

"Missions" are a documentation of the personal experiences by John J Davis,

recounting his journals kept over a period of years attending funerals of

American fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

At the request of our fallen heroes families The Patriot Guard Riders, of which John

is a member, blocks protestors from disrupting mourning families and their friends.

 

The PGR also supports our National Guard members sent into

harms way by attending sendoffs and welcome home rides.

 

John J. Davis served in the US Navy from 1955 to 1960.

He served in the Far East during the cold war from 1957 through

1959 as a Special Weapons Tech including Vietnam in 1958 / '59.

 

An avid motorcyclist, he joined the Patriot Guard Riders to support families suffering

the loss of a loved one who had given their life for their country and our freedoms.

 

Since 2006 John has ridden over 150 missions and kept these journals

to live the adage "You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten".

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Missions: Volume 1
This book is the first in the series of an eight year journal of missions honoring
heroes of military service stationed in Iraq/Afghanistan attended by the author.

 

This journal also includes blocking families of the fallen from protesters at their
funerals, involvement with the Delaware National Guard and honoring all
military personnel at the request of their families and loved ones.

 

It is the authors' intention that this journal will provide
a path to the adage, "gone but not forgotten."

Missions 2008: Volume 2
Missions 2008 Volume 2 is a continuation of the journals the

author has kept while a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. 

 

These journals are his way of guaranteeing the heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

and the war in Afghanistan are not forgotten and that the families of these heroes

are supported and protected from pickets and protesters at their funerals.

Missions 2009: Volume 3
Missions 2009 is a continuation of the personal experiences by this

author recounting his journals kept over a period of years attending

funerals of American fighting men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.  

At the request of our fallen heroes families The Patriot Guard Riders, of which John

is a member, blocks protestors from disrupting mourning families and their friends.

 
The PGR also supports our National Guard members sent into

harms way by attending sendoffs and welcome home rides.

Missions 2010: Volume 4
The fourth volume of the series "Missions" covers the missions attended in 2010.

Missions 2011: Volume 5
Missions 2011 is the fifth book in the series of publications sharing the

authors' experiences in standing for fallen American fighting men

and women at their funerals at the invitation of their families.  

There are times when protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church

of Topeka, KS arrive at these ceremonies to disrupt and upset

these proceedings because of their own misguided beliefs.

Our group, The Patriot Guard Riders, is there to insure through non-

violent and strictly legal means that these protestors are kept at bay.  

We also honor and support living warriors with welcome homes and escorts to their destinations.

This book is a memory driven account of the missions attended in 2011.

Missions 2012: Volume 6
Missions 2012 is the sixth book in the series of publications sharing

the authors' experiences in standing for fallen American fighting men

and women at their funerals at the invitation of their families.  

There are times when protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church

of Topeka, KS arrive at these ceremonies to disrupt and upset

these proceedings because of their own misguided beliefs.  

Our group, The Patriot Guard Riders, is there to insure through non-

violent and strictly legal means that these protestors are kept at bay.  

We also honor and support living warriors with welcome homes and escorts to their destinations.

This book is a memory driven account of the missions attended in 2012.

Missions 2013: Volume 7
Missions 2013 is the seventh book in the series of publications sharing

the authors' experiences in standing for fallen American fighting men

and women at their funerals at the invitation of their families.  

There are times when protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church

of Topeka, KS arrive at these ceremonies to disrupt and upset

these proceedings because of their own misguided beliefs.  

Our group, The Patriot Guard Riders, is there to insure through non-

violent and strictly legal means that these protestors are kept at bay.  

We also honor and support living warriors with welcome homes and escorts to their destinations.

This book is a memory driven account of the missions attended in 2013.

"MISSIONS" IN THE NEWS


LOCAL MAN SHOWCASES MISSION OF PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS THROUGH SERIES OF BOOKS
By Sarah Barban
Apr. 1, 2014 1:13pm
Dover, Del.
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Local author John Davis joined the Patriot Guard Riders in 2006 and has been chronicling his journey with the organization ever since.

The Patriot Guard Riders is an organization originally formed to help comfort families
during the funerals of fallen soldiers that were being picketed by the Westboro Baptist
Church, an unaffiliated Baptist church known for preaching anti-homosexual views.

Davis, who resides in Dover, first learned about the organization while
attending the annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom motorcycle ride.
Davis returned to Delaware and got connected with the local chapter, which now
includes roughly 400 members, and began attending funerals of fallen soldiers.
At the funerals the Patriot Guard Riders position themselves
between the funeral gatherers and the protestors.

“If the protestors should start chanting or calling out we just start up our motorcycles
to drown them out so the families have some type of privacy,” Davis said.

Local Patriot Guard Riders members only attend funerals
at the request of the families of the fallen soldiers.

The group also attends funeral services of fallen soldiers and lines up outside
holding flags, escorts the bodies of Vietnam- and World War II-era vets and
escorts families of fallen soldiers from Dover Air Force Base to burial sites.

“The most rewarding thing for me is knowing that
the families appreciate the support,” Davis said.

Davis estimates he’s ridden roughly 160 missions since joining the organization.
He is also now a Ride Captain.

Davis said he’s never been one to keep a journal, but when he began going on
missions, he wanted a way to remember each one, so he began to keep a log.
Davis’ journals have been published as a series of books, which include a list of
all the missions ridden in a year, pictures and programs from funeral services.

The Kent County Public Library will feature Davis’ work in two upcoming events.
He will make a solo presentation about his books on Wednesday, April 16.

“I’ll be explaining who we are, what we do, how we came
about and how the books came about,” Davis said.

The Kent County Library will host an Authors and Audience
event on Saturday, April 26, in which Davis will take part.
The event allows several local authors to gather,
display their books and interact with the public.
The event is a way to feature local authors, said Kristi Rinkenberg,
program coordinator for the Kent County Library.

“It’s a chance for us to promote several authors at the same time,” Rinkenber said.
“It gives the authors a venue to reach out to the community.”

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