Ride Report posted for Budman

On Saturday Morning we rode up to Manatee Harley Davidson in Bradenton to await the arrival of Our Hero Pfc. Michael Araujo 19 from Cape Coral, FL who was being escorted down from Tampa VA Hospital by His Father Moke (Tyler) who is a SWFL WWR Member along with Michael’s wife Ashley, Their Daughter, and Michael’s Mother Dana.

Upon their arrival at Manatee Harley, Our Hero, Pfc. Michael Araujo (who lost his left leg and injured his right foot in an IED attack upon his MP Unit’s Convoy in Afghanistan) stated that he wanted his walker so he could walk to the entrance being escorted by His Uncle Wayne (Topgun) and Michael’s entire family.

As Our Hero was walking up he was greeted with a round of applause by all who was present.  Moke then introduced me to Michael where upon he was palmed “The Magic” Coin.  Pfc. Araujo stared at it, looked at both side’s and as he was placing it into his uniform shirt pocket he mouthed the words “Thank You”.  We then had Our Hero sign the WWR “Welcome Home” Banner.

Moke and I then called everyone together for a final ride briefing and then we lined up the bikes and cars with Moke and Topgun leading with Flag’s flying followed by TVG (From Our N.ILL WWR Chapter) and I, followed by 75 bikes and cars heading down I-75 to Cape Coral and our final stop at the Advance Auto Parts Store on Del Prado where we were greeted by more well wishers.

Thank You goes out to Ronin R.C., Kings Knightsmen M.C., Special Forces M.C., Leathernecks M.C., Latin American R.C. and the various other independent riders who were there and rode with us in bring this Young American Hero home for his 20th Birthday and first weekend pass since he was injured.  We also what to Thank Advance Auto Parts for holding the Welcome Home Party in their Parking Lot & providing the Hamburgers and Hot Dogs along with soda’s and for Hooter’s for sending 2 of their young ladies over with Hot Wings to eat.

A Special Thank You goes out to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Cape Coral P.D. for the escort from the Cape Coral City Limits.

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