The Leathernecks

IMG_1687It has been an honor & privilege for me to get to know many organizations on my trip across the US both in 2012 & this year, and I that I wish to highlight is the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club Intl, Inc.  Below is an excerpt from their website.

Just as the United States Marine Corps is a proud and distinct organization that stands apart from other military organizations, so too, is the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club Intl., Inc. a proud and distinct organization of active-duty and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen that stands apart from, yet not against, other motorcycle clubs. Just as the United States Marine Corps supports God, Country and Marine Corps Brotherhood, so too, does the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club support God, Country and Marine Corps Brotherhood. Just as the United States Marine Corps stands ready to defend our country and allies against tyranny, so too, does the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club Intl., Inc. stand ready to defend itself against tyranny of any kind.

The Leathernecks Motorcycle Club Intl., Inc. is not political and claims no territory. We have no need for reputation building. The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor needs no introduction. We fly USMC and CORPSMAN as bottom rockers because we can. We respect all men except the enemies of our country and the enemies of our free way of life. We are not interested in joining or interfering with the affairs of others. We desire only to ride our motorcycles in the company of our brothers as free men in this free land, a land for which we and our brothers have fought “In Every Clime and Place” during the past 238 years. Currently, and always, we have brothers in hostile places around this globe defending our rights to choose as we please. We will never seek to infringe upon the rights of anyone and we expect the same courtesy in return.

Tom writing here again. These guys are amazing.  They will attend any event, any ceremony, any activity that honors our military and veterans and came at very short notice to participate in our Ceremony in Davie honoring the fallen from Iraq & Afghanistan and those who have succumbed to Post Traumatic Stress since coming home.  It was one of my highest honors to call the names alongside these Marine vets, who, from outside appearance may look a bit intimidating to the uninitiated, but to those who know them, regard them as brothers in arms extending across generations.

I’m not ashamed to say that the shared tears were shed helped me through the ceremony.  I really appreciate Gunny’s (the Marine with sunglasses, fierce look, and ‘evil grin’) words of comfort of never being ashamed of shedding tears for those who have done so much for us.

Another Leatherneck, ‘Ghost’ is hosting me on this Sunday & I look forward to seeing more of these great folks as I cross the country.

Semper Fi!