Medal of Honor rides in with over 200 motorcycles

By: Maddie Garrett Email
By: Maddie Garrett Email

GAINESVILLE, TX - For miles onlookers could see hundreds of motorcycles, police vehicles, and American flags traveling down Interstate 35 Tuesday. They all finally arrived in Gainesville to honor a dozen beloved and herioic Americans.

As over 200 bikers rode from DFW airport to Gainesville, patriotism seemed to replace rush hour angst along the highway.

"People were standing by the side of the road with flags cheering, I had trouble seeing I was teared up, it is an indescribable feeling,” said Bill Cox, who rode in the processional today.

The escort was just the beginning of a week-long program for recipients of the Medal of Honor. Gainesville has been the host city for the Medal of Honor since 2000.

"Ten years later we've hosted 33 of the 91 living recipients and it's really the only Medal of Honor host city in the country,” said Mike McHorse, President of the Board.

This year 12 recipients are being honored in Gainesville. General Pat Brady received his Medal of Honor for his service in the Vietnam War rescuing the wounded.

"There's nothing more rewarding in combat than saving somebody's life and you'll notice most of the men wearing this medal it’s because they saved somebody's life,” said Brady.

The men will speak to young people in the Texoma area tomorrow, telling their stories and sharing their wisdom.

"These guys exemplify valor and courage on the battle field for our young people to look up to,” said McHorse.

And after the turn out from today, it seems everyone involved with the Medal of Honor program is looking forward to the rest of the week with a banquet on Friday and parade Saturday morning.

"We are grateful to communities like this, this is America, this is the real soul of our country,” said Brady.

And as the riders headed home one by one, the feeling of pride lingers on in the Medal of Honor host city of Gainesville.

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  • by Rita Location: Greenville on Apr 8, 2010 at 07:48 PM
    I was at the MOH ceremonies and they were spectacular! My husband was a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. Last year, after attending the MOH first day events, he was killed by a negligent truck driver while he was 10 miles from home. At Tuesday's ceremonies, these wonderful heroes took the time to remember my husband and to say "thanks" for his attendance to honor them! These geniune American men are more than heroes to me. They are angels from Heaven! So gentlemen it is your time to step into spotlight! You deserve it!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    if you're gonna ride a motorcycle with a windshield and a radio you might as well just chop the top off of a beetle. at least then you'd look cool too.
  • by Johnny Chop on Apr 8, 2010 at 02:16 PM
    i stand by my statement. you're right though...i'm a real hardcore child biker idiot. ? ? ? hey jesse, you know what sound it makes when a water truck runs into a vinegar truck?....
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2010 at 10:19 AM
    I thought a motorcycle was a 2 wheeled cycle with a motor on it?
  • by Jesse James Location: Hollywood on Apr 7, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    Hey Effit, I bet your a real hardcore biker, you probably ride what 100 or 200 miles a year?...these guys ride their "sofas" everywhere...your are either a child or an idiot.
  • by The Best Location: Gainesville on Apr 7, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    God Bless America
  • by Effit, Effit All, No Regret Location: In the Wind on Apr 7, 2010 at 11:52 AM
    hmmm...i'd hesitate before calling them things motorcycles....more like oversized under-ridden rolling sofas....windshields are for the weak and mufflers are for the meek....radios do not belong on a real motorcycle and fairings are just really ugly disgusting extra add on useless junk...i'm glad for people to be patriotic, but just don't confuse the kids by calling those heavy unmanuervable clunky things motorcycles....
  • by Bubba Redneck Location: sherman on Apr 7, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    would of loved to have seen that piece of crap so called Baptist church come and picketed this about an "arse" whoppin waiting to happen....wish we had more people in this world like those who have won the Metal of Honor...
  • by Tammy Location: Sherman on Apr 7, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    I rode with my boyfriend on that ride yesterday, it was such an honor & a great time to be a part of honoring the Medal of Honor reciepents. I am a little sunburned, but, it was so worth it !
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