Civil War and Motorcycles
Monday, May 25, 2009
Yesterday was the day we celebrated our fallen heroes. We had decided that after placing flags at family members graves, one of which is a Civil War Veteran, we would take a ride to Gettysburg. This is a great place to reflect on the reason we are free and the need to stay that way. It was a beautiful day, perfect for a ride. The sun touching my face and the light breeze made the whole adventure very peaceful.
We made stops along the way, water, snack, and well you know. I was so proud of Tazz being cautious of where to stop, as not to produce a feeding frenzy. When he was hungry he stopped at a road side stand and we ate some cheese, nuts and fruit. No stress, no mess.
As we approached Gettysburg the town was lined with motorcycles. No, there was not a special gathering, just a bunch of people with the same idea as us. We rode the battlefield everyone displaying their "horses" as they would in those days. Continuing on the road we came upon a group of veterans, in a slow pace, each with a Flag flapping proudly. One man called out "are you a vet?" and without a beat Tazz answered "no but my Great Grandfather was he fought right here." The man bowed his head. We rode past them and on to the Pennsylvania Memorial where Great Grandfather Amos is listed as a soldier in the 119th infantry. I heard the rumbling sound of motorcycles coming up the road and then stop. It was the group of veterans, and they stopped and walked over to where we where standing. They came to pay their respects to Pvt. Amos M. Chandler and his great grand son. This was a hugh lump in my throat moment. We showed them where his name was on the plaque and shared his story. As we all proceeded to leave hugs and hand shakes all around, blessings of peace and of course safe rides home.
We all walked away from there in peaceful silence, and made our way home.
I can't explain it, the feeling. We have not spoken about it as of yet and may never. It was just a day to remember forever, and who would have thought it would come from the combination of Civil War and Motorcycles.