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Been There, Sniffed That At last year’s Scoops for Troops, I met Saskia Leary, who took lots of pictures of me. Without our knowledge, she entered one of the photos in a contest and won People’s Choice. At this year’s event, she told us about it and showed us a note card with a photo of me. Those cards are sold at Whole Foods in Cary, NC. When she told us that the proceeds go to the USO, we were perfectly OK with her fund raising efforts. Saskia presented a check to the USO from the proceeds from the sale of the cards. Saskia then gave the USO the award winning photo and the ribbon, which I think will be displayed at the USO’s RDU Center. The story behind the story… The reason Saskia is very supportive of our military is she is Dutch and was in her home country of Holland during the occupation by Germany in World War II and the liberation by the US forces. She remains appreciative of those who serve in our armed forces, past and present. By meeting me and applying her love of photography, she found a way to serve those who serve us by supporting the USO!

Saskia’s award winning photo of me.

Meeting one of the many USO volunteers at Scoops For Troops.

Most of the time, when my driver and I refer to “Fallen Heroes,” we refer to those who lost their lives while serving our country. In June, we rode with lots of friends in support of another group of Fallen Heroes – law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. My driver sometimes call these “Officer Down” memorial events. The ride was sponsored by Blue Knights. The reason we knew about it is because we read that Bill Brown was leading the event. Initially, my driver and I planned to go to Ft. Belvoir, VA to spend time with warriors at a barbecue, but the forecast was for a hot and humid day with showers between our home and Virginia. About 10 minutes after the leaving our house, we ran into rain, and my driver decided to change course to Fayetteville with the hopes that the rain would be scattered.

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When we arrived in Fayetteville, my driver was soaked, but there were about 50 bikes ready to roll. With law enforcement escort the entire route, we rode to Jones Lake State Park near Elizabethtown, then back to Fayetteville for BBQ where my driver and I shared fried chicken, pulled pork and “moosh balls” (that’s what my driver calls hush puppies).

Meeting a new friend at the USO Scoops For Troops. I am staying cool wearing my swamp vest.

Remembering our Law Enforcement Officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Fallen Heroes Ride - taking a brake at Jones Lake State Park near Elizabethtown.

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