I do a motorcycle tour 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.
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.
This site is # DE3 – Veterans Memorial.
This is site # VA 1 – Veterans Memorial.
This is site # MD4 – Vietnam Memorial
This is site # DE4 – Veterans Memorial
This is site # VA3 – Halifax County War Memorial.
This is Tour of Honor site # WV2 – Morgan County Veteran’s Monument
This is Tour of Honor site # WV3 – Harpers Ferry Veterans Memorial
This is Tour of Honor site # VA6 – Lewis and Clark Memorial
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.
Tour of Honor site # DC3 – Victims of Communism Memorial.
Tour of Honor site # VA4 – Blue Ridge WWII Memorial
This is Tour of Honor site # DC4 – Capital Guardians
This is Tour of Honor site # VA2 – Tidewater Veterans Memorial