I received the below e-mail tonight from Silver Eagle Harley Davidson in Waterloo, Ia. This young soldier was from the same area that I grew up in. While I did not know him I appreciate the sacrifice that he and his family have given to our country. God Bless Spc. Donnie Nichols and his family!
Per Bob Buckridge a Silver Eagle H.O.G. Member's Request we are Forwarding his Message...
Today an airplane taxied into the Waterloo airport. Its cargo was that of a hero, Spc "Donnie" Nichols.
He was one of our own.
Born in Waterloo, graduated from and worked in Waverly, lived in Shell Rock.
This soldier paid the ultimate price for us, the ultimate sacrifice... his life for our FREEDOMS.
His body was escorted by a fellow soldier, who also is his brother.
His mother and father waited his arrival. No longer will they enjoy their sons company. Also waiting was his fiancé, who will never experience the wedding she has been dreaming of.
They have all sacrificed a tremendous amount.
This family has a small request, they have asked the AMVET Riders, and other persons who ride, to HONOR this fallen soldier by riding our motorcycles in the procession, and lead the hearse that will carry his body.
Today some accomplished the first part of this mission. Saturday we are asking you, and others you invite, to ride with us and accomplish the families small request.
It will be cold, as today was, a small trivial sacrifice.
Should you accept this mission here is the plan.
Meet at AMVETS Post 49 Cedar Falls on bikes ready to leave no later than 7:30 a.m.
We will ride as a group to Waverly and meet up with other riding groups.
Here we will be briefed as to our service.
I believe we will escort the hearse containing the soldiers body to WSR High School for the funeral and then escort again to the cemetery.
If you are an AMVET Rider, please wear your vest or uniform, if you have one.
Please feel free to forward.
If you do not ride your presence at the high school or along the route with flags or just reverence will display appreciation for his service and sacrifice.