As the residents of tiny Girard, Kansas prepared to lay to rest native son, 25-year-old Marine Cpl. Richard Bennett, protestors from Westboro Baptist Church made their own plans to disrupt the funeral and further their warped agenda.

But the motorcycle-riding members of the Patriot Guard had plans of their own and rolled into Girard by the hundreds to protect Bennett’s family and friends from the added nightmare of enduring the signs and chants as they buried their loved one.

The bikers have dedicated themselves to attending military funerals to serve as a shield to block out the disrespect of the Westboro protestors. The group, many of whom are veterans, says they are “Motorcycle Enthusiasts,” and although the members have the leather and bandana-look of motorcycle gangs, they stress that they are strictly non-violent.

The Patriot Guard's website states their mission as ensuring dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and Honorably Discharged Veterans and shielding the mourning family and friends from protestors.

That protection involves forming a protective line of revving cycles, American flags and patriotic music that blocks out the cruel taunts of the Westboro extremists during interment.

Westboro members believe God is punishing America for its acceptance of homosexuality and have made a practice of attending the funerals of countless servicemen and women throughout the country bearing attention-grabbing signs designed to shock: “Thank God for 9/11” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.”

If they mean to repulse, they succeed.

WATCH the Patriot Guard rolling into town:


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