Just a quick reminder of our Benefit Ride on Sunday April 11, 2010 to be held at Gulf Coast Harley Davidson. A map is below for you to view or you can DOWN LOAD a copy of the Ride Map and print it off, or email to a friend or neighbor.
Even if you are not into Motorcycles, please come on down and join in the festivities. This Benefit Ride is for a Great Cause as we join our Military Community here in the Tampa Bay Area in Celebrating APRIL the Month of the Military Child., and Celebrate a Hero’s Life by honoring local fallen hero, Sergeant Mike Rowe. There will be a music provided by 2’s Company (local band) along with WQYK radio station.
All the Fun starts at 10:00 AM when you can register for the Ride Event, or you can pre-register for the Motorcycle event right here on the site by using our On Line Registration Process
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We hope to see you there, for a fun filled day.
Sergeant Mike Rowe, U.S. Army, was killed in action while deployed to Iraq in 2006 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He left behind his wife, Rebecca, who was six months pregnant with their child, Nevaeh. A few weeks after Mike passed away, his wife found a poem he had written on his computer just three days before deploying. The poem was essentially a goodbye to his family. Even then he had a sense that his mission was dangerous and he might not return.
“So it has finally come, words that shant be spoken,
My life must be done, hearts must be broken.
Fear not my dearest family, for I am not alone,
I rest with many loved ones, in my eternal home.
Saddened as you must feel, I hope you do not dwell,
For the life that I lived. I lived it so well.”
Excerpt from untitled poem written by Sergeant Mike Rowe
In November 2009, Rob James, singer from the band 2′s Company, saw the poem. He was inspired and within three days he wrote “He Knew” in tribute to Sergeant Rowe.
At Operation Hug-A-Hero®’s April 11th Benefit Ride, 2′s Company will be part of the musical entertainment along with WQYK radio station.
“It is important to us to remind the community that these survivors are here, amongst them, particularly during April, the Month of the Military Child.” says Lisa Berg, Executive Director of Operation Hug-a-Hero®. “Military children are our country’s littlest heroes and they deserve all the support we can give them.”
Nevaeh Rowe, now 3 years old, recently received her Hug-A-Hero® doll courtesy of Operation Hug-A-Hero®, a 501(c)3 organization which provides durable, washable, high quality dolls with a full-length photograph of a parent to military children dealing with deployments or whose parent has paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Below are a few photos that Mike’s wife graciously shared with us.
For more information about Operation Hug-A-Hero®, or for interview requests please contact Lisa Berg for more information, or to get involved in the April 11th Benefit Ride, please checkout our article – Wanted Sponsors & Participants for Harley Ride.