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"The Celebration of Freedom-A Shout Out to My Veteran Brothers and Sisters" (Reflections on Daytona Beach Bike Week, 2018)

A lot has changed over the past thirty-five years. That's how long it'd had been since I last visited the Annual Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. Back then, I was a bright-eyed college student out sowing my proverbial wild oats, out to have some serious fun without a care in the world. This year, my visit to Daytona Beach was much different. I was visiting with my business associates and the oats we were sowing were much deeper. We witnessed the business of freedom firsthand and it was a wonderful thing to watch. Tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts (many military veterans), men and women of all ages letting their hair out, flaunting the prettiest, the baddest two-wheeled (some with three) machines ever constructed on the face of the Earth, beautiful works of motorcycle-art rumbling together in unison, celebrating life, celebrating FREEDOM.

It was on our drive home, back across the State when a revelation hit us. Certainly, when it comes to the celebration of freedom, one company stands out above all the rest. There's no doubt about them, they've embedded a 'Celebrating Freedom' lifestyle deep into their corporate DNA from their very beginning. In fact, it's been their business heart and soul for 115 years- they are Harley-Davidson Motorcycles. Their history runs deep with America. If you don't believe me, then spread your wings and try something new for a change. If you want to witness, experience freedom firsthand, then make a plan to visit a motorcycle rally anywhere in America (or in the world, for that matter). I'll bet wherever you go, you'll feel Harley-Davidson magic somewhere in the air. You'll bask in a celebratory aura of a special brother and sisterhood. You'll hear the thunder of freedom all around. I know it might not be for everyone. All I can say is that it's truly special, it's something meaningful to witness, and maybe, probably, more powerful to experience.

So honestly, I can't wait for the 2019 Bike Week in Daytona Beach. Next year, I'm going to leave my car behind. I've decided, I'm going to be on the back of a Big Bob, or maybe a Sport Glide, perhaps even a Sportster or a Heritage Soft Tail, I'm not sure yet. But then again, that's what it's all about. It's about riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle alongside my veteran Brothers and Sisters. For me, for us, it will be the epitome of Celebrating Freedom.

Who wants to meet me there?

An Allied Business Collaboration: GreenZone Hero, Inc. and Veteran-Owned.UK

  https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/allied-business-collaboration-greenzone-hero-inc-john-t-krotec/ The GreenZone Hero mission to improve business for companies that support veterans, active duty military and their families now extends beyond US borders. For us, it is equally important to recognize and collaborate with global partners in Countries that have supported American interests in... More »

GreenZone Hero Announces a Global Commerce Program to Honor Military Veterans and Build Commerce for Veteran-Friendly Businesses Worldwide

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/01/prweb15059940.htm (PRWEB) JANUARY 09, 2018 GreenZone Hero is changing how military veterans connect with veteran-friendly businesses on a global level by making it easier to find those businesses that support and honor veterans. Global Commerce is growing exponentially as technology eliminates borders and today’s consumer can purchase products on the... More »

Reporting From The Frontlines

https://artsci.washington.edu/news/2017-11/reporting-frontlines Ask UW alumna Alex Quade to describe a memorable moment from her journalism career, and she will quickly rattle off half a dozen. There was the time a Green Beret gunner needed her to help feed more ammunition into his 50-caliber machine gun during a firefight. Or the time she filmed a special combat engineer dismantling a car... More »

Harley-Davidson Becomes a GreenZone Hero Sponsor

https://www.hdforums.com/articles/harley-davidson-greenzone-hero/ Harley-Davidson has signed on as the exclusive motorcycle sponsor of GreenZone Hero, which identifies businesses committed to being veteran-friendly. As a lifetime sponsor of GreenZone Hero, Harley-Davidson will be listed on the GreenZone Hero “Founders” page, and each Harley dealership across the country will have... More »

GreenZone Hero: A Cause-Related Movement Improving Business For Companies That Recognize Veterans

"GreenZone Hero: We’re Not Just Another One of Those (Whatever That Means)" https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/greenzone-hero-were-just-another-one-those-whatever-means-krotec/ We all know that conveying the proper message about our companies is everything to finding success in business. Proper messaging is critical for our survival. GreenZone Hero is finding out that in the military/veteran... More »

Harley-Davidson Becomes a Lifetime Sponsor as a Veteran-Friendly GreenZone Hero

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/11/prweb14885843.htm Harley-Davidson Becomes a Lifetime Sponsor as a Veteran-Friendly GreenZone Hero   GreenZone Hero designates Harley-Davidson Motor Company as one of 50 “Lifetime Sponsors” in the GreenZone Hero Veteran-Friendly Business Association Movement   GreenZone Hero - The "Veteran Friendly" Business... More »

Heroes Media Group Partners with GreenZone Hero

http://www.heroesmediagroup.com/heroes-media-group-partners-greenzone-hero-straight-outta-combat-radio/ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 2, 2017   Media Contact: Adam Bird Phone: 202-656-7859 Email: adam@heroesmediagrp.com   PHOENIX 20171106 — Heroes Media GroupTM  announces new partnership with GreenZone Hero. They are joining the HMG Family with their new... More »


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A Tribute to Ed "Eagle Man" McGaa

It is with a heavy heart I announce the passing of a dear friend of mine, Ed' Eagleman" McGaa.  I met Eagleman over twenty years ago. He taught me about the Native American sweat lodge, Sun Dance, and his Sioux culture. RIP Eagle Man.  His story speaks for itself. Please take the time to listen to what Ed says about Indian veterans and His People: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV9ckwNGnzc... More »

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