Lowe’s Partners with Patriot Guard
As big-box DIY store Home Depot finds itself embroiled in the controversy over gay marriage, their chief competitor has gotten involved in supporting the nation’s fallen military personnel through a partnership with the Patriot Guard. The partnership, though not officially recognized by the Lowe’s corporate office, comes by way of a donation made by the St. George, Utah store to the Patriot Guard of Southern Utah. The store recently donated 12 American flags to the local chapter to be used during the services they provide the families of fallen soldiers.
The Patriot Guard is a nationwide motorcycle club dedicated to honoring the nation’s military by providing escorts and support services for military funerals. All across the country it’s very common to see legions of motorcycle riders out front, leading the way for military funeral processions as they wind down local streets and roads to the cemeteries where the soldiers will be laid to rest. The Patriot Guard also stands watch over the funerals to make sure they are not disrupted by protesters. As for the flags, they are used to drape the coffins of the deceased service members. Since the Patriot Guard is an all volunteer organization with no budget, even a small donation of 12 flags is important.
When you look at the Patriot Guard colors they are very unassuming, almost to the point of being confused for stock patches any motorcyclist could wear. The point of the club’s colors is to focus on the greater good of their mission rather than the club itself. It features a gold triangle against a blue background with white stars and the phrase “Standing for those who stood for us.” If you’ve never seen the Patriot Guard in action, trust us; it’s an impressive and humbling sight to see.
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