The 33rd Howard County Vietnam Veterans Reunion in Kokomo, Indiana rocked.
I hauled the bike and books there in one day, and hoped to never drive through Chicago again–tolls with a tandem trailer are outrageous. I met NVAR friends Tuesday night in on an old airstrip turned campground . Vets from around the country converged over 10,000 strong for a wonderful weekend. Wednesday morning I rode into Kokomo to visit the Veterans Memorial Park. Within it, a new memorial honors Blue/Gold Star Families. Its designer accomplished his intent to reach into a visitors thought and soul. Photos attached.
Once set up, I held my post 12 hours each day. Amazement was a common expression to the presentation of my ride around Vietnam. Many spent time for shared stories and left with a book – Thank you. I was thrilled to meet Don, a vet who had guarded a concrete bridge over the Song Be while American’s used it, then they blew the center span from it–Harley tracks reached onto its remains. I may have missed out on the outdoor ceremonies, parties, and music, but a unique sense of fulfillment and awe surrounded my display. I will return for the 34th reunion.
While at Kokomo, the Product Manager at the H-D Museum in Milwaukee sent a notice of interest to Harley Tracks, SO, on my return to Mpls. MN, I passed back through the tolls for a visit. The museum’s shelves are full now, but he was thrilled to see the Fat Boy, and short of a promise, offered support to Harley Tracks’ presentation. Beware: Construction creates an ugly scenario on I-94 through the city, perhaps until spring!