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Patriot Guard Riders honor veterans today

Posted at 10:48 AM, Nov 11, 2020

The Louisiana Patriot Guard Riders made their way through Lafayette Tuesday to honor veterans and deliver care packages.

The crew staged in the 5000 block of Ambassador Caffery Parkway and got underway at 11 a.m.

They rode together from there to the nearby Avanti Senior Living facility, where they held a ceremony to honor the veterans there.

Lafayette's event is similar to events planned today by Patriot Guard Riders all over Louisiana.

The Patriot Guard Riders is an organization of volunteers founded in 2005 to shield families of fallen heroes from those that would disrupt the services of their loved ones. The group has thousands of members in all 50 states and now has expanded its focus to include honoring first responders as well as our military veterans.

They have a very active Help on the Homefront program, which provides assistance to our veterans and their families.

"A lot of these veterans, especially now through the end of the year, get kind of down," explained Robert Lebon, parade organizer. "A lot of them don't have families anymore, so we're trying to let them know they aren't forgotten and that we thank them for their service to our country."