Ride Report posted for Doug

In seventy degree weather under sunny skies 300 people gathered to welcome home three Marines from combat. Cpl Nicolas Milbourn just back from Iraq, Cpl Phil Akins, his battle buddy and Sgt Greg Russell, Purple Heart recipient. Our WWR members were supplemented by the Leather Necks Motorcycle Club and many friends, family and local patriots. We surprised the Marines as they left a St. Charles restaurant. We presented challenge coins, beads and framed welcome home announcements. We packed the congested area around the restaurants and drew a large crowd of curious locals.

With a roar we exited the downtown area on about eighty motor cycles and 20 cages. We did a short escort aided by St. Charles Police. At the house we shook hands and hugged Marines again and then rode off into the beautiful afternoon for other events and a great day of riding.

Thanks to all who attended, especially our loyal WWR members and my experienced WWR buddies that helped me with this huge group and the logistics. Thanks to our leadership and the St. Charles Mayor and the police dept. Thanks to the Milbourns for setting this up and for raising such a fine young man. Most of all thanks to these three brave Marines who volunteered to stand between us and evil. This week of Veterans Day, my we all reflect on all those who have served so that we may live in a free country. Thank a Vet and Vets thank each other. We are a band of brothers.

Doug Askren