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This is why I Ride Escort with the PGR...

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by DAKSY, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    I rode an escort (actually 2) for WWII Veterans (read: HEROES) yesterday, & it is one of the most MOVING experiences that one can be a part of. It rained like HELL & only about 40 bikers rode the escort. One of the Veterans asked me why I would ride in the rain for a bunch of old men. I told him that later on I would be sleeping in a warm, dry bed, but 67 years years ago, those guys were young men & they FOUGHT in the rain & slept in foxholes with bullets flying & artillery landing on them. We do 5 - 6 of these every year. The Veterans are then flown to DC to go to the WWII Memorial on the National Mall, & it costs them nothing. 16.1 MILLION served during that war & there are LESS than 1 million of them still living . We are losing them at a rate of 1,200 - 1,500 every day. This link shows one of these Honor Flights & the reception they receive after landing.

    http://www.mullerover.com/2012/05/2...sh-mob-at-gate-38-of-reagan-national-airport/

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  2. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Thank you Bob. That was very patriotic of you.

    On my eighth grade trip to Washington DC, I was selected along with another student to place a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Even at that young age, it was an honor to be part of that solemn experience.

    When I was even younger, I did yard work for an elderly neighbor who served in Europe during WW 1. My dad took a WW 1 book over one day on a visit and he went through it telling us of the towns and roads he himself traveled that were photographed in the book.

    Let us not forget them.
  3. webbie

    webbie Seasoned Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope you didn't let them get wet!
  4. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    They were DEFINITELY dryer than we were...

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