Warriors’ Watch Riders
Northwest Florida Chapter
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Ride Report for Ride Captain FuzzyOn a sunny Friday afternoon 25 or so riders from WWR, ALR, and assorted Independents gathered together to Welcome Home MSG Jeff Birkland. He had just returned home from yet another tour of duty in Afghanistan and his wife, Amber wanted to make sure he knew how happy she was to have him home.We saddled up and rode a short distance to a local diner to surprise Jeff as he came out. As it turns out he knew something was up because it is very difficult to sneak into a diner parking lot with 25 roaring motorcycles!After our customary shouts of Welcome Home! and Thank You! we requested and received permission to escort the Birkland family back to their brand new home in Marlton Lakes. How could he say no to that!With the assistance of the always awesome Evesham P.D. we arrived at our destination to find the whole neighborhood rallied around the house gathered there by Operation Yellow Ribbon. And as per usual they had pulled out all the stops, Fire trucks, a huge beautiful American flag draped from the ladder truck, proclamations, Council Members, local dignitaries who wished to thank our Hero, you name it, they did it!We mugged, we hugged, we coined and then slowly started to drift off leaving our Hero in a circle of new neighbors and future friends, with an invitation to come back anytime to visit or maybe do a little fishing off of his back yard dock. Just might take you up on that Jeff and Amber!Thank You for Your Service MSG Birkland. Welcome to the neighborhood!Fuzzy
Ride Report for Ride Captain Tim
What a great day to be a Warriors Watch Rider. Grey skies, rain, clouds, fog, sun, nothing could stop the Welcome Home that been scheduled at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. I might as well add that there was no snow, but we did get some of everything else mentioned. Seasoned members, new members, and guest who wanted to register to become WWR members were all over this mission. There were four grand scale surprises this morning involving this mission: 1. Returning Navy Veteran Aaron Knight was greeted by a wave of Red, White, and Blue, all presented by a group of grateful Patriots as he was returning from a recent deployment. 2. WWR was approached by mother of a returning Veteran who had recently left the service to become a contractor for the services. Her son had never received a welcome like the one she was witnessing unfold and ask if we could include her son. WWR calls this “more bang for the buck”, mom pointed out her returning hero and as the applause broke out the surprised Veteran was clearly overwhelmed, as well as his very proud mother. 3. Children of returning Navy Veteran Aaron were present but had not been told by mom that dad was coming home. The children believed that they were getting a training lesson from Warriors Watch Riders on how to welcome home returning veterans. I could go on about how the young daughters lip began to quiver when she realized that the second Veteran that arrived was her daddy, but that would just rip your heart out, so I won’t. 4. One sneaky wife/mother pulled off a family surprise that even surprised her and caused greater emotion than she had anticipated. Great Honor presented by all that that could attend. To summarize: Two Veterans realized that they are appreciated beyond words, One mother gave her son a gift that she had never considered could be so important. Children had Christmas in June. One sneaky wife/mother now knows the respect this community and Warriors Watch Riders are prepared to render when called upon. Honor Well Done. Special thanks to the Military Welcome Center and the Volunteers who man the center for always being so supportive of the Veteran community and the Warriors Watch Riders. Another big thanks goes out to member Kimberly and family for distracting the younger crowd long enough to pull it all together.
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Ride Report for Ride Captain Rich “RedBeard” Brewer
On May 5th I had the Honor of being Ride Captain for a Mug and Hug at The Mount Laurel Center and what can I say but WOW. I have to say we had an amazing turn out to Thank 23 Veterans for there service and for our Freedom. These men live in Mount Laurel Center and We went there ROCK STAR STYLE to show them that they are not forgotten that no matter where they live we will always have there backs. Thank You to everyone who came out that day to show there support and Honor these men. It was truly a dream come true.
Ride Report for Ride Captain Jonathan Scharff “Zeus”
Early in the morning the New Jersey WWR met in Princeton, NJ at the Princeton University ROTC building to escort a group called Carrying The Load. They are a troop support group that is walking/running from West Point, NY to Dallas, TX to raise funds for our wounded warriors and veterans. Carrying a flag labeled “Carrying The Load” they received a motorcycle escort through down town Princeton and through various back streets towards Washington’s Crossing in PA. Not to far along the ride we were met by several more of our Pennsylvania WWR friends and we passed the baton over to them as they took this fine group over into Pennsylvania. We all signed a flag that would be brought along the entire walk and signed by all groups that supported them. It was a beautiful morning in NJ and a proud day to support this group.
...WE WILL HONOR OUR NATION’S WARRIORS HERE AT HOME, AND SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES WHILE THEY FIGHT FOR US ABROAD...
...THE WARRIORS’ WATCH RIDERS ENVISION A DAY WHEN EVERY MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES, AT HOME AND ABROAD, AND THEIR FAMILIES, FEEL APPRECIATED, HONORED, RESPECTED AND LOVED BY THE CITIZENS THEY RISK THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT...