VFW Post 4174: A cavalcade of riders | News, Sports, Jobs

When many of us older people see a crowd of motorcyclists on horseback, our thoughts go back to the 1960s, when groups like the Hells Angels ruled the streets. We did not approve or appreciate the things they did. It was then that we learned to run to the next safety zone and hope that they would just keep going. The fear factor kept many of us from getting on our bikes and competing with the gangs for the street.

While the appeal of some travelers has always been the open road on two wheels, it has always been found that there is nothing like riding a motorcycle to immerse your senses in your surroundings. Sitting on a motorcycle gives you a greater sense of freedom than what you can experience in a car, unless it’s a convertible. But the open-air experience has its price. Drivers need to pay special attention to safety and the other vehicles on the road.

Technology has contributed a boon to people’s driveability not only in the making of the bikes, but also in the innovative equipment that offers far more protection than a T-shirt and jeans! Airbag jeans, vests and bodies allow normal driving, but inflate just before a fall.

When a cavalcade of horsemen goes by today, we can stand on the sidelines and applaud them because they are not the same type of people that were once associated with leather jackets, boots, helmets and chains. Rather, these loyal followers have a very important mission, and they deserve greetings and our respect.

These are the VFW or American Legion drivers and they are on their way to welcome a returning veteran home, take a poker run to raise money for one of the many charities they support, and go on a hike to see to support some laws in the Capitol or horseback riding to pay their final respects to a fallen comrade. Every motorcycle is adorned with the American flag and many of these riders are veterans who in some way wish to continue to serve.

If you happen to see our drivers at VFW Post 4174 in Lehigh Acres anywhere, give them a big hand; you are sure to go on an important mission!

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