Thus I have Spoken

May 14, 2006

Mission Complete

Filed under: Blogging — steamdragon @ 6:49 pm

I've been editing this since may 11th, trying to find the right words.

I have not found them yet, so these will have to do.

On Thursday, May 11th, 2006, the Patriot Guard Riders rode to Zanesville, Ohio to honor LCpl Benjamin Rush, a 22 year old Marine that gave all he had to give for his country. And also, to pay respect to his family, who had lost him.

This was my first mission with the Guard.

I didn't know what to expect, as I had never met ANY of these people before. (We all know not to judge people by their internet presence, right?)

Ever see 20+ bikers crying for someone they never met?

I think I did.

Kinda… It was hard for me to see through my own tears, as Taps was played by the Marine Bugler.

Standing there, on that cold windy hillside, holding an American Flag, I felt a sense of great loss, and a great sense of (this felt, much less souds wierd) humble pride.

The loss of a Marine, who died for our Country.

The humble pride of standing with a group that showed nought but respect and honor for the fallen. 

I will be honest here. I almost didn't go. The weather was nasty. Rain, wind and cold. Even though I had taken a day off work, I thought of going in anyway at 7:00 am.

But I made the 100+ mile ride to Zanesville, meeting up with a few more Guard Riders along the way.

I'm glad I did.

I will do it again, when the call out comes.

This I feel is the least I can do for a service member who has paid that ultimate price for my freedom.

The ride home was no better than the ride down, with the exception of the feeling of humble pride that came from some woman that walked the line of the Guard and shook our hands. She said she wasn't Bens' mom, but she had a son "over there" and thanking us for being there. I told her that I prayed I'd never see her again. She understood.

After I got home, I sat down and tried to put it all down.

"Today I went for a ride"

And just couldn't go on. I've been struggling ever since. Edit, re-write, etc.

So this poor attempt will have to do.

Gods Blessing upon Benjamine Rush and those who survive him May He keep them safe.


  1. So this poor attempt will have to do.??

    Not at all….NOT AT ALL. A very finely written and produced post if I may say so. What you accomplished in your ride, and the shared mission, is almost beyond words anyway, but you nailed it just fine, sir…just fine.

    Comment by David Drake — May 14, 2006 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

  2. I’ve been on three PGR mission rides in the Central Texas area. Tomorrow, I’ll be riding 182 miles (each way) to honor Sgt. Jeffery S. Wiekamp, 23, of Utopia, Texas — who died east of Abad, Afghanistan on May 5, when his CH-47 Chinook helicopter crashed during combat operations.

    I understand your emotions…all of them. The sense of pride, the humility, the honor. Knowing that the riders you ride with in the PGR are some of the most honorable men and women you’ve ever met in your life. Each mission drains me both physically and mentally.

    But it’s important work that we do. And it’s an honor to do it.

    Ride safe, brother.

    (I ride a V-star Classic, too)

    Comment by Robbie — May 17, 2006 @ 10:03 am | Reply

  3. Thank you. Thank all of you who ride to honor our fallen warriors.

    Comment by homebru — May 17, 2006 @ 10:40 pm | Reply

  4. Words are inadequate

    Much like Steamdragon, I find words inadequate to express the thoughts and emotions that I experience when participating in Patriot Guard Rider missions. He did an admirable job in his Post-Mission Debrief but as he stated in his post and I’m sure he…

    Trackback by Captain of a Crew of One — May 18, 2006 @ 5:18 pm | Reply

  5. Thank You all for the kind words.

    But Even if I can not write all that well, I CAN read…

    Comment by steamdragon — May 18, 2006 @ 7:00 pm | Reply

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