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Motorcycling has been a life changing experience. I hope sharing the info and pictures on the Blog gives you some idea how impressed I am with the experience, travel and the people I have met. Made new friends especially among Riders here in Orange County. Special recognition to Johney (Wrench)-helps with all the maintenance stuff+rides, plus other great riding friends: Ken Y., Luis V. & Minita, Chuck & Patty, John R., Joe, Carolyn, Gregg, Charlie & Carol, Rick, Stan P., Ed & Susan P., Barry, plus Terry, Bob B., Brian H., Glenn, William & Daveta Jo, Bob (Concho) and others. ************* DISCLAIMER: This is my personal write-up (Blog) of motorcycling news, rides and events that I am involved with in some way and not affiliated with any group, organization or club that might be mentioned herein. There should be no confusion regarding the fact these are my personal comments and not those of any other entity.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.

Amazing scenery, great ride, wonderful time.
Monument Valley, Utah-9/2011 photo by Johney Harper!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Flag lowering ceremony in Orange, CA

Every Wednesday a small group of Chapter 230 members meets with another small group of Patriot Guard Riders at the civic center in the city of Orange, CA at the traffic circle to help lower the American flag at sundown.  As part of the ceremony we even have a bugle girl/student play "Taps" as the flag is respectfully lowered for the night.  I should have names of the Patriot guards and bugler, but just never have gotten to know them that well for some reason.  We meet before the ceremony at a local restaurant for dinner and then head over to the city traffic circle prior to sunset.

Some of the attendees in our group are real heroes from the Vietnam War era and have some amazing stories to tell.  In our group is Stan a medic while in the service, Chuck also a Viet Vet, Barry a real sniper from Vietnam, and Johney an MP at Ft. Hood, all with more experience than you can imagine.  Also present from our group is John R. and Wayne M. making a surprise visit.  I don't know anything about the other Patriot Guard attendees experience to relate, but I can tell some take this flag and saluting stuff real serious.  I was in the Navy aboard a Destroyer Escort The USS Bauer DE 1035 for just over 1 year and 9 months.  I had nightmares about having to go back after I got out even though it was not a bad experience actually.  I operated the ships store as a DK3 (Disbursing Clerk 3rd class), did payroll as well and enjoyed many of the benefits that officers had just on my own level. The only shooting I did was a bit in basic training and firing a .45 cal 1911 semi- auto off the back end of the ship while at sea plus my battle station was on the 5 inch gun passing ammunition-luckily none went off while I was near it.  I don't consider myself to be a veteran in the same sense as these guys that really were in it with both feet.  I did get to see a bit of the world however.

The flag ceremony is basicaly the same as would be performed at a military base with a group at attention, hand salute and then folding the flag in the three corner manner the military does.  It takes a few minutes but it is a chance to honor those that served and gave some or all for their country.  The term "All gave some, and some gave all" comes to mind.

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