It was a beautiful day. Started at 65and hit the mid 80s. Since only FNGs can ride into Arlington Cemtary, we needed to get there and walk to the Tomb of the Unknow Soldier for the laying of the wreath. If you have ever been, you will see field after field like this.
Soldiers placed nearly a quarter-million U.S. flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday as part of a Memorial Day tradition. The event is known as “flags in.” More than 230,000 marble headstones line the landscape of the cemetery across 624 acres.
They gave their all when their country sent out a call
Not ever knowing that their name would end up on the wall,
No matter how we honor them no matter what we do
We should always remember that they paid the highest price
For the red, white and blue.
So when you look up at the flag flying in the wind on a clear blue day
Remember it’s there because of the
POW and MIA
AM wake up calls…. This starts to wear on you. Our trip was only 10 days.
sleep, long days……they stand to keep us safe a lot longer than 10 days.
a few fun facts about our trip
– Temperature ranged 31-104
– We traveled in 14 states + Washington DC
– From Loveland, OH to Ontario, CA to DC – 5619 miles
– Thanks for all the thoughts and prayer, NO hail this year and very little rain.We did not pay for meals on our mission. Every town we stayed in welcomed us,
fed us, and prayed for our safety. The support, encouragement,
respect that the Americans have for the mission is incredible. There is
an unbelievable amount of time hanging banners, kids making bracelet, making
pocket patches, hanging flags on the over passes, closing down streets,
organizing volunteer for meal, setting up fuel stops. and the list goes on.
100s, 1000s of hours given by so many to make this happen: route coordinator,
state coordinators, missing man coordinator, staging team, fuel team, hydration
team, road guards, medical personnel…..and the riders themselves. The
logistics to get that many people across the country, coordinated with all the
towns for escorts, gas stops, parking, …. involve so many volunteers.
day is it? What state are we in? But there is one thing we knew the
answer to: what was our mission?
among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of
all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory
of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support our military
personnel all over the world
I have sent many quotes thru the last 10 day. Here are my last two:
and have taken pictures of it all week. Every time I see it waving in the air,
it is telling me I am free. And that right is protected by our men and
women. Let’s continue to try and bring them all home.
ARE WE GOING??? —— ALL THE WAY
for all service men and women, past and present.
From Detroit down to Houston,
bless the USA.