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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Shoganai, Feb 19, 2007.
No words can I post will do them justice, so I'll remain silent... just thoughts and respect...
I could not agree more.
Coleville, France (Normandy)...
More of Coleville, France (Normandy)
Those cemeterys really rip your heart out. Anyone who can go through one, and not feel a sense off pride as an American are cold hearted at best. The ultimate sacrifice those soldiers have given for us makes me ALWAYS support our military. Rest in Peace, and may God be with you.
Semper Fidelis, Brothers.
But you choose to ride your bike amongst them that shows a lot of respect.
Great topic Shogs!
God rest their souls...
There's a road there. Way to ruin the spirit of the thread.
The road is probably for the gardeners etc to use not for visitors to run their bikes up and down. I would be heart broken if I had gone to pay my respects to a fallen friend and had my peace and prayers ruined by a guy riding his bike around the cemetery.
You've never been to arlington cemetary have you? I understand that you feel the dead should be respected, and they are and I assure you that shoganai's riding there was not in the least bit disrespectful and would not have bothered anyone. The cemtary is not in a remote quite place, but is boardered on one side by one of the most heavily traveled interstates in the US and on the other by the largest office building in the US - its amazingly well maintained and staffed. Even had she wanted to I'm quite sure Shoganai would not have been able to ride very far/long anywhere she wasn't supposed to.
Sir, first allow me to apoligize for any disrespect it looks like I displayed. None was intended. And none was given.
Both of my uncles served, my Grandfather served, and currently my 21 year old cousin Allen Ginnery is serving in Iraq.
Sir, this was the Black Hills National Cemetary at Sturgis, SD
I passed by there this past summer. There was a houseshoe like road lined with flags through it. Out of shot were two cars, one to the left and right. Both were persons come to pay their respects to their lost ones.
I spoke with the gentleman who had parked his car closest to me. He was alone and about 60 years old. I asked whom he was visiting and he told me it was his brother and some of his story. We talked awhile near where I was parked and the other car drove past. No one said I was not supposed to be there or even looked at me in a manner that would have made me believe so.
I hold those that serve and have served our country in high reguard, Thus my desire to post this picture.
I don't know what else to say
Please don't make this go to Jo Momma.
I started this as a place we could all post our respects. From every country all over the world.
This is an international site and I would like to think that the mutual respect we give each other as bikers can be magnified and shown here as our combined respect we all have for all our lost ones all over the world.
Please do not make this a stage of bitterness and political chest thumping.
Just bowed heads and heavy hearts.
Lest we forget.
Excellent post Shog. My father was a pilot in Vietnam and was shot down with two other helicopters. He landed tail first in the jungle and was the only person out of three copters that was pulled fromt he jungle.
Sitting here in my warm office with the freedom to work, practice my religon, and so on and so on, kinda puts you out of touch with the sacrifices that others have made so that I can enjoy these freedoms. Having never served in the military it is hard for me to imagine what those guys and gals are put through every day. God Bless military families and all that have served and are currently serving.
To those Brothers and Sisters who are forever on duty / patrol and forever young. Thank you, Rest in peace.
Respect and deepest thanks for those who have served, and for those currently serving.
don't worry. It is what you have in your heart that counts and we know yours.
It's no Sturgis but if you are ever in France, a visit to the Coleville sur Mer cemetary is a must. Walking from one end of the other takes almost half an hour and as you walk, you reflect on the people who faught and died on that very ground. Walking down onto Omaha and Utah Beaches gave me the same feeling....you feel their presence, you feel the history. Clearly, it's indescribable. Remembering those folks is an almost every day thought. The experience has remained in my heart and mind, I can't imagine what it must feel like to have been one involved.
Thanks to all those who gave (and are giving) their time, energy and in some cases their lives to serve our country.
Thanks to Shogs for helping keep that in our consciousness. We've never met, but from your postings here, one can see where your heart is.