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FNG Story – Ron Meadows

Name: Ron Meadows
Your Phone: 618-447-6362
City: Moro
State: Illinois
FNG Story:

In Feb of 2009 I purchased a 2001 Yamaha 650 V-Star. I wanted to do a part of the ride from Wentzville to Mt. Vernon. I met with the ride and remember it as one of the most emotional days of my life. I spent thirteen months in Nam with the Third MAF. As I rode I kept remembering all the faces and names of those I spent time with. Some were as fortunate as I and some not. The following year, 2010 I met again in Wentzville and totally enjoyed the ride to Mt. Vernon. All the riders, the speakers, platoon leaders, road guards, fuel team and everyone I met were wonderful people and made me feel welcome and appreciated although they new nothing about me other than I am a Vet. I really wanted to go on to DC with the group however, due to a lack of finances and a larger bike I would leave sit at the fuel stop in Mt. Vernon and watch as they all rode off to Indiana. Broke my heart.

This year of 2011 I will be going to DC. I have purchased a Harley Roadking and May cannot get here soon enough for me. The only regret I will have is not being an FNG this year because I will not be able to do the Arlington Cemetery ride. I will after forty-two years finally have my parade that I never had.

I thank all who make this RFTW possible and in 2012 maybe I will be able to go to California and be able to ride all the way.

God Bless!