Thursday, April 26, 2012

Archive - "Been There, Sniffed That" - Published in Behind Barz Magazine, May 2011 (added to my blog April 26,2012)

If you follow me on my website or on Facebook, then you know I ride a lot.  Last year, I rode 18,000 miles and most of that was with the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) to honor our Fallen Heroes, Wounded Warriors, those serving now, and those who served.  In March 2011, for example, I rode 3,300 miles – almost all of it was on PGR missions. 
Do you know what a Gold Star Mother and Blue Star Mother is?  If not, that’s OK – you’re among the majority.  Most of the people I sniff don’t know what the Blue Star and Gold Star represents.  Blue Star Moms are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military.  If you are serving now in the military or you are a veteran, thank you for your service.  Your service made your mother a Blue Star Mom.  Gold Star Moms are mothers who lost a son or daughter in the service of our country.  In January, I was nominated and was honored to become an Honorary Member of the American Gold Star Mothers – Dogwood Chapter.  My driver and I had the honor of standing for and escorting a number of Fallen Heroes and meeting their Gold Star Families.  Our men and women in uniform know that they could be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  Let’s honor and remember our Fallen Heroes, and let’s respect our men and women defending or who have defended our freedoms.
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A few members of the Dogwood Chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers

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Crow Whitley and his car at Biker Nightz in Wilson, NC
On April 2, I took a break from supporting our military and attended the kick-off event of the Behind Barz Bike Nightz at Sacred Flames Tattoos in Wilson, NC.  I was there for a couple of hours, but sniffed (met) lots of people.  The band sounded great, but I had to move away because my ears are more sensitive than people’s ears – the music was loud and my driver loved it!  There were race cars there and lots of bikes and food.  I sat in the driver’s seat of Crow Whitley’s race car.  I didn’t pee on the tires, but I thought about doing it.  I also sniffed Elizabeth and John.  We are friends on Facebook, but had never met.  I appreciate that Elizabeth went to the event just to meet me.  I will try to attend as many Bike Nightz as possible, even if I’m only there for a couple of hours.

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Elizabeth attended Biker Nightz just to meet me

Doobie, my driver, and I talked about me writing occasional short articles for Behind Barz, so please let us know what you think. 

Meanwhile, what’s coming up?  Memorial Day.  It seems like more and more Americans view this day as a 3-day weekend or the start of summer vacation.  What will you be doing on Memorial Day?  Let’s all please remember that this day is intended to honor and remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.  If you know a Gold Star Mom, thank her for her child’s service and sacrifice. 
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Ride safe and keep your tongue in the wind!

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