The weekend was busy in Washington D.C. as motorcyclists turned out in force to honor veterans and ensure they were able to visit the National World War II Memorial in the nation’s capital.  The memorial was built predominately through private funds; however, it has been closed off to the public since the government shut-down occurred.
The same group of motorcyclists that organized the recent September 11th ride through D.C. to honor those who perished in 2001 and 2012, rallied together to bring attention to the fact the World War II veterans were being prevented from visiting their Memorial and to physically remove the barricades that were preventing The Greatest Generation from easily accessing the grounds.
“Today was quite the experience,” said one of the organizers, Eric Zern.  “We were shown absolute respect by Washington D.C. police and the National Park Service.  Before leaving Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., I did brief all the riders that this day was not ‘our’ day; this day belongs to the veterans and it was for those heroes that we rode.”
Many riders that participated over the weekend shared the sentiments that it was such an immense honor to ride out of respect for the World War II veterans.  While the riders came from a myriad of walks of life, they all shared a love for their country.
In addition to the Metro D.C. police and NPS, the Maryland State Police and Prince Georges County Police all knew in advance the riders were coming and granted their full support.
In light of the recent happenings in New York City with the high profile altercation between the sport bike riders and the driver of an SUV, the riders this past weekend went above and beyond to ensure they rode with dignity.  There were no reports of any type of altercation and the veterans were sincerely thankful for the respect shown to them by the motorcyclists.
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