Motorcycle ride concludes Armed Forces Week in Milwaukee

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by Matt Doyle

Milwaukee --  It's the 10th annual Support the Troops Ride in Milwaukee.  It's yearly show of support for the military and a true sign of patriotism.  

"I love to support the troops," Randy Brown said.

That's exactly what hundreds of people did Saturday afternoon.

Randy Brown carries the flag at the end of the ride. 

He's been riding in this every year since the beginning.

"I run an American flag in my yard," Brown said.  "I support the troops 365 days a year."

But not everyone does - which makes a day like this a good preview for what's to come on memorial day.

"As we grow older, we learn more and respect more," Rollie Timm said.  "We say 'wow this is a great country, this is a great effort, these guys are doing a great job, and we're going to ride on behalf of those soldiers."

Rollie Timm runs the event and says when people see a large group of motorcycles they understand the camraderie.

"The sound of the motorcycle brings more attention," Timm said.  "They say 'wow, look at all this excitement they're having'."

Michael Mberzowski is a retired U.S. Army General. 

He says events like this say thanks - something many don't do enough of when it comes to troops.

"It doesn't bother me," Mberzowski said.  "But I know there are a lot of people who enjoy the recognition and appreciation. I think the country's coming around."

You don't have to tell that to Brown.  He swells with pride on a day like this.

"I'm proud to be an American, if it doesn't give you goosebumps like it does right now...I don't know, it's awesome."

Organizers estimated about 400 to 500 people attended the event.  They also plan to be back for the 11th time next year.
 

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