Ride Report for Ride Captain Fuzzy

It was a very windy day with only 2 bikes and 3 cages waiting at our rally point when Tug said those magic words, “I don’t think we’re gonna have a very good turn-out today.” As the last word drifted away with the wind we heard the rumble of approaching bikes. One after the other came Defender’s, Burlington Hog Riders, Nam Knights, A Hero’s Welcome, Christian Motorcycle Association, Riders of the Lamb, Blue Knights and more WWR riders. All in all we had almost 40 bikes gathered to welcome home and say thank you to our Hero, Wounded Warrior, Cpl Thomas Raio.

We were waiting for a call from Cpl. Raio’s fiancee Jessica to let us know they were just about finished their lunch at a local diner. We got the word and saddled up for a short ride to pick up Tom, Jessica and family. We weren’t sure what Tom looked like, but all of a sudden this handsome Marine in his dress blues was standing in front of us. We had our man! Tom shook almost 50 hands, got almost 50 hugs and said thank you almost 50 times. Imagine, him thanking us. Amazing. We requested permission to escort him home. He graciously accepted. What he didn’t know was that we were really taking him to a party that Mom Anna Mae had arranged at the Southampton Fire Station. With Medford’s Officer Sambucci leading the way we effortlessly made it to our destination.

And there they were. Southampton F.D. trucks with horns blaring and flags waving. Friends, family and neighbors waving and cheering! There was even a squad of little cheerleaders! In a word, awesome!

The Yellow Ribbon Club was there to make sure Cpl. Raio knew how much we all appreciated what he has done for us and our country. Speeches were made. Certificates were given. Mission accomplished.

Thank you for inviting us to be a part of this special day.
Thank You Cpl. Raio for all that you have done and continue to do for this great nation.

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