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Welcome Home Troops

Written by  March 31, 2005

Although the temperature was in the low 30s, nine brave riders from American Heartland H.O.G. left Gail's Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri and headed to the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas.

The purpose of this ride was to show our support and help escort 80-some service men and women who were returning from Iraq. Earlier in the day, the troops had arrived at Ft. Riley, Kansas, were loaded onto buses, and headed for the Missouri National Guard Armory south of Arrowhead Stadium.

Upon our arrival at the Speedway, we joined 20 bikes from the Ararat Shriners Motorcade, along with a few Army personnel. Our objective was to surprise the soldiers with an escort through Kansas City, so we lined up behind a Humvee and waited for them on the entrance ramp. To their surprise, we pulled out behind the buses, split up, and put them in the rocking chair.

Joining our escort was the police and fire department, which made going through rush hour much easier. As cold as we were, you could feel the warmth when we saw the families waiting for their loved ones.

Most of us are veterans from previous years and we all felt honored giving of ourselves to those who have given so much so that we have the freedom to ride in the United States.

We salute you, the men and women of the 110th Engineer Battalion, the
635th Military Intelligence Battalion, and the 205th Medical Battalion.

Story by Roger "Fatboy" Fleener

Photos by Tom Dunbar