As the president begins a troop drawdown in the war on terror, area troops continue to be deployed. These soldiers are spend up to a year away from home,family and many of the comforts they knew when they were home. While the military provides the essentials to keep them operating, it's the "extras" that many must do without while so bravely serving on our behalf. This is why The Guardian Knights Motorcycle Club conceived Operation SOS. With the largest deployment of PA Guard troops in history, Operation SOS stands ready to meet the needs of those troops with "touches of home".
OperationSOS.org is a contact point for our PA Guard and Reserve troops deployed overseas, to let us know what they want or need. Then, through fundraising efforts and activities we are raising monies to provide those items to the troops in the field. This interaction provides a two-fold benefit. It allows us to do something to make their time there easier, and it lets them know that they are loved, supported and missed.
It is the intention of OperationSOS.org to "adopt" units from PA and try to take care of their wants/needs while they are away. Through this web site we provide a connection for the troops themselves to let us know not only what they want/need, but also how they are doing. We can also take donations to help us in this endeavor via online payment in addition to our local fundraising efforts at area events and our own Benefit Ride Scheduled for Sat. Aug. 10, 2013.
While we are aware that there are many programs out there doing similar things, it is our belief that none is handling the effort in quite the same way we are. It is our hope that the personal interaction with the troops by our members will add another dimension of comfort and support while they are "over there" and that we can meet specific and not just general needs for these brave men and women.
The black keystone is symbolic of the 28th Division of the Pennsylvania National Guard whose subdued combat patch is in the shape of a keystone, and symbolic of the Keystone State. Inside the Keystone lies a yellow ribbon, symbolic both as a reminder and tribute to the 34 Soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard who made the ulimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror, and an acknowledgement of the hope for the safe return of more than 5000 of its members currently in harms way. This symbol was first used in the Big33 football event in 2009 and has been presented to the Guardian Knights MC, Inc. by it's creator Captain Jay Ostrich, Senior Public Affairs Officer of the Pennsylvania National Guard for their efforts in supporting the PA National Guard through Operation SOS.
Since early Oct. 2008 Operation SOS has spent over $10,000 shipping letters and packages to units in Iraq and Afghanistan. Items shipped to date include snack foods, wet wipes, books, movies, Playstation games, socks and other personal care items. Over 50 letters from area school children and scout troops have also been sent.
We are currently working with many individual soldiers, sailors and marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. The support of the community is greatly appreciated in this effort and we hope you will continue to aid us in our efforts. See our Ride Page for a list of the most requested items.
If you have a friend or loved one deploying with a PA unit, have them contact us with a wish list and we will do our best to fill it.
Who are the Guardian Knights?
The Guardian Knights Motorcycle Club, Inc.
(a 501(c)3 non-profit) is made up of riders who are in law enforcement or retired from law enforcement. Formerly known as the PA Disciples of Justice, the group decided to separate from the DOJMC in the fall of 2008 to better serve its membership and the community. Many of the members are also military veterans and one of our own members is currently deployed to Afghanistan. Each year the Guardian Knights MC, Inc. chooses a project to benefit the community. This year (and for as long as it takes) we have chosen to adopt our PA Guard and Reserve troops and try to make their lives away in a war zone just a little better.
ALL proceeds from this effort are used directly to benefit the soldiers. NONE of the monies raised are used for anything else.
Please be sure to check the site often to see how we are progressing and what our troops have to say. We hope to be able to post photos of our adopted units as well as our different events as they progress.
Join us for the 6th Annual
Operation SOS Ride/Event
Saturday August 10 we will hold our 6th annual Operation SOS Ride/Event.
The day will start with registration and a Pancake breakfast at 8 am at Susquehanna Valley Harley-Davidson, 6300 Allentown Blvd. Harrisburg, PA 17112. The ride will leave promptly at 10 am. This is an escorted group ride. Planned return is approximately 1:30 pm. The length of the ride is approx. 90 miles. Upon return, lunch will be provided as well as entertainment by the Colt Wilbur Band. There will many great raffle items as well as door prizes available as well. Cost is $25/bike-rider, $15/passenger. All proceeds benefit Operation SOS.
We are also hosting our first annual Operation SOS Bike Show in conjunction with this event. The show will run from 2-4 at Susquehanna Valley H-D. Cost is $10/bike. There will be prizes awarded in 9 catagories. ALL BIKES ARE WELCOME.
You can pre-register for the ride by following the link below. A credit or debit card is required for online registration.
Come out and enjoy the day with us and help support our PA National Guard and Reserve Troops!
Online Ride Registration is now Available... Click Here
If you wish to submit contact information for friends or family deployed overseas, or make comments or suggestions, use the form below.