Being prior military, I felt that I should honor some part of what I once was, so I am dedicating my ride to all fallen service members and their families, from any conflict and any generation. The plan is to fly an American flag from the back of my bike and I encourage all veterans, family members or friends who have lost someone who served under those colors, to sign that individuals name on the flag and I will ride in that persons memory.
This isn't any ordinary flag either. This flag has some personal history to me. I purchased the flag for my deployment to Iraq in 2008 and I carried this flag with me on every mission I conducted. When I returned to Okinawa, Japan, the flag stayed with me and in 2009 I brought it back stateside to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 2010 I was deployed again, this time to Afghanistan. This flag is my good luck charm to say the least. I carried the flag with me on every mission. Each time the flag and I left the wire, our truck went untouched. Except on July 14th, I forgot the flag in my tent. That day we hit 2 IEDs in 6 hours. Luckily we all escaped injury but that could have been alot different for me if circumstances were slightly different.
So, i'm currently in the process of getting everything I will need together for the ride. I am highly anticipating this experience and wondering what the next couple months will hold for me on my ride...
This is the flag I am taking. This picture was taken in Afghanistan with my truck team. From the left is Troy Trudeau, myself and Tyler Ledford.