2011 Participant Quotes

Public Servants - Past & Present

"We owe a debt of gratitude for what these men and women have given in their service to us. That's what this provides."
—Former Governor Marvin Mandel - Annapolis, MD

"This is not just about fun; it means something. The money goes to great cause and this cause speaks to our club."
—Firefighter Mike Gavin (Baltimore City Fire Department Riders) - Hartford County, MD

Families

"It's fun. And, it's great to raise money for people who sacrificed themselves for so much."
—Nicole Robinson (the daughter) - Severn, MD

"The classic cars are really cool!"
—Corey Robinson (the son) - Severn, MD

"We brought the '72 Chevelle so the kids could come. It's such a worthy cause. All the people are so great."
—Jackie Robinson (the mom) - Severn, MD

"They [soldiers and first responders] risk their lives every day. Doing something them on one day is just the right thing to do."
—Mark Robinson (the dad) - Severn, MD

Motorcycle Riders

"This is a great ride... the right attitude... to respect heroes! It's all about others and not about you."
—Bill Hayward - Linthicum, MD

"My son is a marine. So, this cause means a lot to me. I met one of the benefitted families; what this event gives to them means so much and they so appreciate it."
—Arlene Linkous - Glen Burnie, MD

"Absolutely loved it... the patriotism... the support... the pledge... even the short touching prayer."
—Roxy Sadler (the wife and passenger) - Abingdon, MD

Abingdon, MD - "Having NOT been in the service... it's an honor to ride in this."
—Al Sadler (the husband and driver)

Volunteers

"Three of my brothers served - two in Korea; one in Viet Nam - and gave so much. The military, police, and fire fighters are so willing to protect our lives. This event was the perfect way to give gratitude."
—Allaine Pickett - Cincinnati, OH

"Being here was like heaven on earth. with a heart overflowing with love for all who risk their lives and bodies for America's safety."
—Janette Johnson - Cincinnati, OH

"So many people riding... so many people watching... all committed to making a difference for others."
—Joel Sachs - Annapolis, MD

Wounded Warriors & Their Families

"Unbelievable! It is way bigger than I expected. It means a lot to me and the other wounded soldiers who came from Walter Reed to ride along."
—Matt Chalifax (wounded soldier at Walter Reed Hospital for 2 years) - Spencer, MA

"It's amazing! I wish more soldiers were here. People just come out to help. It's humbling."
—Allison Chalifax (Matt's mom) - Spencer, MA

"Thanks for having us... thanks for the support... thank God for making all of this possible."
—Michael Shuster (2011 awardee of Faces Of Valor USA) - Gaithersburg, MD

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