There are many things we would like to see in our life times and seeing our Vice President Elect geared up in a patched leather vest and hitting the road on his motorcycle to help support the National Guard is one of them!
Indiana State Police motorcycles led the procession as it made it’s way across Indiana to gather at the world headquarters for Do It Best hardware stores where a live band welcomed Gov. Mike Pence to kick off the 11th annual Ride with the Governor.
It was a long ride that started that morning in Indianapolis and saw a brief downpour along the way. Pence credited his safe arrival to Jay Jackson, director of the Indiana chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, which organized the ride and has done so for the last several years. “He managed to help the governor keep it between the white and yellow lines, even when the wind was going that way and the rain was coming this way,” Pence said of the ride.
But the event Friday was more than just a reason to hop on a hog and hit the road. It was about safety and charity. Charity in the form of $5,000 donated to the Indiana National Guard Relief Fund, which helps members of the Guard when times are tough. Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Do it Best, knows firsthand how important assistance and support of volunteers who join the Guard can be, having offered support and assistance to an employee who is also in the 122nd Fighter Wing while he was deployed to Kuwait.
Dave Sherry, of the Indiana Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, was on hand to honor Do it Best for its work in support of the 122nd, including sending nearly 1,000 pounds of hardware and hand tools to its members while they were stationed in Kuwait. Not to be outdone, Taylor’s employee, Staff Sgt. Dan Walton and his wife, Michelle, presented to Taylor a folded United States flag in a shadow box, along with a picture of an A-10 Warthog. That flag was flown from an A-10 during a combat mission for Operation Inherent Resolve.
The safety aspect of the day was highlighted in terms of the ongoing mission of ABATE. “It’s an awareness issue to try to make sure that motorists are more on the lookout for our friends on motorcycles and bicycles,” Jackson said.
“They are committed to making motorcycle safety happen every day,” Pence said.
What is more American that that? Epic way to roll into the new seat as Vice President, well done sir, well done.
H/T [ Journal Gazette ]