Tour of Honor – 2016

 

I do a motorcycle tTourOfHonorImageour every year.  This year, I’m doing the Tour of Honor.  This tour honors our military personnel and Veterans.   The tour involves getting  a picture of your motorcycle and your rally flag (I have flag # 67) in a picture with a monument specified in the tour web site (www.tourofhonor.com).   In some cases, it is not possible to get your motorcycle in the picture.  In those cases, two pictures have to be submitted.  One with the rally flag and the monument and one of your motorcycle in close proximity to the monument.  Proceeds from the tour go to charities that support Veteran and First Responder non-profit organizations.  This tour is a great way honor Veterans, see some of the great monuments to their sacrifices, and ride to new areas that you haven’t explored yet.

Below are sites that I have visited thus far.  To see a summary of sites I have visited, check flag # 67 at this link.


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WW II Memorial in Franklin, ME (Tour of Honor Site ME1)


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On June 6, 2016 Lt. Col. Duane Carlton (Retired from U.S. Army) struck an elk three miles east of Drummond, Montana and was killed on impact while riding the Tour of Honor.  His rally flag was # 406.  In his honor, the organizers of the Tour of Honor offered to make a donation for each rider that takes a picture with a copy of his rally flag and their bike at any Tour of Honor site on July 2, 2016.  It was my privilege to ride to two sites in his honor.

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LTC Duane Carlton's Honor Flag

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Tour of Honor Site VA5 – Veterans Memorial Wall in Rural Retreat, VA

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Tour of Honor Site WV7 – Vietnam Veterans of America Wall Mural in Princeton, WV


 

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Veterans Memorial in Seaford, DE

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This site is # DE3 – Veterans Memorial.


 

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At the Veterans Memorial at Chincoteague Island, Virginia

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This is site # VA 1 – Veterans Memorial.


 

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At the Vietnam Memorial in Easton, MD

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At the Vietnam War Memorial Easton, MD

This is site # MD4 – Vietnam Memorial


 

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Veterans Memorial in Ocean View, Delaware.

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This is site # DE4 – Veterans Memorial


 

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This is site # VA3 – Halifax County War Memorial.

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2016_Rider#67_WV2This is Tour of Honor site # WV2 – Morgan County Veteran’s Monument


 

2016_Rider#67_WV3.jpgThis is Tour of Honor site # WV3 – Harpers Ferry Veterans Memorial


 

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David Canada’s bike and rally flag.

This is Tour of Honor site # VA6 – Lewis and Clark Memorial


2016_Rider#67_DC2_(pic1of2) Tour of Honor site # DC2 – 1st Division War Memorial.  Pictured from left to right are: # 67 – Dave (me), # 70 – Leon, and # 346 – Don.  It was great finding the sites in Washington DC together.  There was no way to get our bikes in the picture at this monument.  In front of the monument, you will see flowers planted in the shape of “The Big Red One.”  My father served in this Division, so it was a cool that this site was selected as one of the tour’s sites.


 

2016_Rider#67_DC3Tour of Honor site # DC3 – Victims of Communism Memorial.

When we got to this monument, we found this taped to the monument.  A reminder of how lucky I am to be an American.
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Tour of Honor site # VA4 – Blue Ridge WWII Memorial 


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This is Tour of Honor site # DC4 – Capital Guardians


 

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Tidewater Veterans Memorial in Virginia Beach, VA

This is Tour of Honor site # VA2 – Tidewater Veterans Memorial

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