One resident’s Harley Davidson serves as a moving memorial
Air brushed on the front and saddlebags of his bike are the names of men who died serving in the different branches of the military during the Vietnam War.
All the names from Susanville are on the bike along with people from Reno, Nev., Placerville, Calif., and names of people his father grew up with and served with, Perry said.
On the back of the motorcycle is a tribute to the prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
He said the inspiration to make his motorcycle into a memorial came from his dad, Fred, who served 10 years in the Marine Corps and 10 years in the United States Air Force and served two tours in Vietnam during the war.
Including his father and himself, five members of Perry’s family served or are currently serving in the Marines.
Perry served in the Marines from 1996 to 2001 in the Fourth Infantry and was reactivated for service for a year after Sept. 11, 2001.
With a family history of military service, Perry said there is a family pride and a pride for veterans in general and he has always wanted to do something for veterans, particularly for his dad and his dad’s friends who served in Vietnam.
The motorcycle has no decals, Perry said. Nick McBride, of Lasco, air brushed all the names onto the bike in a way similar to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
After researching different ideas for a memorial, Perry said he wanted a simpler and more meaningful look.
Although the names are not listed as they are on the Vietnam wall, Perry said it still looks like the memorial.
When he takes the motorcycle to different places, Perry said veterans who served in Vietnam look at it and have recognized some of the names and some thank him for what he has done.
He also said when some of the veterans look at the motorcycle they tear up as they remember those they knew who died, not just in Vietnam, but other wars, too, Perry said.
Also airbrushed on the bike are flames on the front and different sayings Perry chose, which he said are simple words to get his point across about the bike.
The sayings include, “Live for something rather than die for nothing … freedom isn’t free,” “All gave some, some gave all” and the Marine motto “Semper Fidelis,” which Perry said is Latin for “Always faithful,” and a saying fitting of all veterans.
Perry said the painting took “countless hours,” and there is still more he wants to add.
He plans to add more names on the fenders and tank, air brush his dog tags and his dad’s and nephew’s dog tags on it and paint the Marine Corps symbols on it.
Perry will be riding the motorcycle in the upcoming Veterans Day parade on Saturday, Nov. 11 and said he is trying to get as many veterans who ride motorcycles to participate.
But Perry said he doesn’t care about the recognition, rather, he said, “It’s about recognizing the meaning. I just want people to remember.”
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