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August 17, 2009, 9:37pm Report to Moderator

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God speed Jon! My sorrow joins all the others here. I never met Jon but he was a brother none the less. I know there are no words that I can say that will make this any easier for his family and friends but I hope that all will remember him in their hearts.
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August 17, 2009, 9:47pm Report to Moderator

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Falcon incredible pictures.  Idchafee great team effort.

WISCONSIN "Live Like You Mean It"
"It's about the mission... nothing else matters"

In Memory
JonD  8-09 & DJ "The Crow" Casser 1-12
Chicago Jim 12-12; Wheelmaster, 8-12; KAT, 2-12; Bluesman NEPA, 7-10; Papa Joe, GA, 6-10; Mountainman 12-10
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I dont want to talk about the service, it was very hard, I havent lost a member of my unit since the army. I want to talk about the welcome home that afternoon. When I got home, I was wiped out and really wanted to goto sleep, I came here and read a bit on the board, and then decited I had to go. I know what Jon said and although I didnt know if it would go well, I figured he knew best. When I got to the school for staging, there was FD there and a group of brothers and sisters quietly talking, very somber. Then something began to happen.... we just kind of got it together, slowly, but it happened. By the time Matter removed his raingear.......... we were ready. We had a moment of silence durring the brief and we went, Fire trucks Screaming, Pipes roaring to the church where they were having a party for our Soldier. when we pulled in something magical happened. The ground shook, the people (there were lots of people) stood and cheered, and our soldier was in shock. It was the loudest, grandest enterance ever! Then we got ahold of our Soldier. No handshakes today, no sir. It was all hugs, and not the little pat on the shoulder hug, the "I havent seen you in forever, I really missed you" hug. By the end of the line, our solder was very nearly moved to tears by the love and appreciation we showed him, and many in the crowd were moved to tears. The FD stood in amazment, Then it was applause for them! Although the Soldier probably felt like we were the most intense people on the planet, he definately felt welcomed, and then it was picture time. Pictures with the kids, pictures with Duke, pictures with the bikes, pictures with the banner. The soldier said that several of his troops were returning home soon, and we assured him that we had their back. As I was leaving I thought "That was JonDs honor mission", exactly the way he would have wanted it.

Thank you for describing the look on Matt's face. I will never forget that shocked yet so happy look. It was so worth it....and Amen, "that is exactly the way JonD would have wanted it."

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you: 1. Jesus Christ. 2. The American G.I. One died for your soul, the other for your Freedom.

"Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your Government when it deserves it" -Mark Twain

Ride in peace JonD, Debbie, Mike, Irish, Kat, Ron, Wheelmaster and Chgo Jim.
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Great photos Falcon, Thank you for sharing with us all.


Great Team work Ian for the Shrinkage.
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Great pictures!!  You folks done JonD very proud!  Thanks for sharing.

[I want to see how Duke (or whoever that dog was) rides on the bike!]

In Memory of Daddy, Uncle Roy, Uncle Earl, Uncle Stan, Stretch, Al, Joe, Jake, Steve, Eddie & Kat
In honor of Capt. Walter Sigafoos and ADJ3 Paul Moser - still missing

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are at peace."  Author unknown
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August 18, 2009, 4:38am Report to Moderator

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Fellow Patriots,

The Virtual Warriors' Walk was originally intended as a memorial for an active duty military hero who died during Operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.

Then, our beloved JonD, Central Region Coordinator, Founding Leader of the WWR, passed away suddenly.

So, the WWR had to run a very tough Honor Mission for our friend... The normal transition after the mission is over, as Jon's was Sunday, would be to move the Mission to "Completed", and eventually the post would be archived...

As I thought about doing that, it did not seem right.. Jon's Mission is not "Complete" until we welcome that last warrior home...

So, it seemed appropriate for Jon to be be among his Warriors that he so loved..  The Virtual Warriors' Walk is viewable by the whole world, and members can add posts, forever.. It will be my honor to watch over JonD's Mission post, as I do for all our fallen heroes..

Ride In Peace, JonD


"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Thomas Paine

Riding in Memory of JonD, Proud Parent (Deb), Mike, Irish, Kat, RCRON, Wheelmaster & Chicago Jim.
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I met Jon D through Lisa who works with my mom. My mom was doing a surprise welcome home for my husband who had gotten back from a deployment last year. Keeping a secret from my husband was very difficult and for a man who doesnt like suprises let me tell you he was very happy afterwards. We got into a few small arguements but to think if I spilled the beans my mom would have my butt and to think that my mom would spank my butt at the age of 27 would have been funny. This was on September 1, 2008, We were driving from Camp Pendleton, CA to Lake In The Hiils, Illinois; let me tell you that was a long drive with a 4 year old, 60lb dog and a 5lb dog....I was thinking that we were going to get there early in the mornig but the stupid GPS didnt add the time change so we ended up arriving late morning. Breakfast was on Lisa that morning cause the people who showed up was expecting an early arrival time. Sorry guys. At the meeting spot we meet everybody and Jon D was so excited it was like he was a little boy in a toy store. Very warm and very pleasent person to be around. His personality was very caring and proud of what he was doing and what he was doing it for. To have been able to have met such a great person who had that much care for other people that he didnt no but for what they did for our country is an honor to meet him. He will be missed and the family and friends who have lost a great man you all will be in our paryers and hearts. My husband is deployed AGAIN and I will let him no by email what happened. Im sure that he will say thank you to Jon D for what he did and for helping out with the welcome home ride for him. Thank you Jon D for giving myself and my family a chance to meet you and your family of riders. Each ride that is going out to welecome home another member of our military families he will be with us and he will be riding along with his angel wings on his back. Jon D please watch over all of us and guide our men and women back home safely. RIP to a great hero and a great person we have all lost.

With warmest sympathy,

Nina, Ivan, & Izaiah Mejia

Jon D you are our angel watching over us in the past, present, and future.  
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August 18, 2009, 11:34pm Report to Moderator

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JonD was called by God for a higher mission, one that needed his leadership skills and personal touch.  He accepted that call without reservation, and left us suddenly, before the bike ever left the road.

He left behind a large family of friends who now grieve.  We see his face when we close our eyes, and we hear his voice when it's quiet.  That will continue, as it should.

We will continue the mission, ride a bit taller, be a bit stronger, be a bit prouder.

But even knowiing all that, losing Jon just sucks.

JonD rides with me!


"Hope is good - Freedom is better" - Coastie

A bit of everyone we do this for - rides with us forever-more.
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It apears that the the good lord found out what the WWR does down here. It inspired him so much that he desided to start his own chapter to escort our fallen heros. He recruited one of the best to be his golden gate coordinator. Jon D ride on brother remember its all about the mission.



He who will not risk, Cannot win   ( John Paul Jones )
If you can not stand behind our troops, Then please stand in front of them!

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Jon D,

Though I had never met you, you are still my brother.  You talked to my older brother Steve (TOURRIDER1) when he became Indiana State Coordinator and I thank you from helping him get the Hoosier State up and running.

You were Loved by many brother and are missed by many.  Ride Forever on the Street's of Gold and we will ride together when my ride here on earth is over.

Forever in Our Heart's

In Honor of Kathryn M. Fialkowski,

In Honor of  My Father, C. E. Stilwell
Chief US Navy Retired RIP  
WWII, Korea, Cold War Veteran

In Honor of my Brother Thomas E. Stilwell
FA US Navy Vet RIP
Viet Nam Era Veteran

In Horor of My Sister in Law
SFC Sara E. Stilwell
US Army Vet RIP
Cold War Veteran

In Honor of the 343 FDNY "Smoke Eaters"
RIP Brothers
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In honor of my Brother, Jon Dreymann and my Sister Deb.
The moon gives you light,��
And the bugles and the drums give you music;��
And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans,��
My heart gives you love.

Walt Whitman-Drum Taps

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I know Bob, the weeks seemed to pass in a flash and it is still hard to believe...I miss you Jon D, I miss our daily talks...your calm voice, your friendship.

L. Moran

If you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.

Ride Free Jon D
Ride Free Bob (Wheely)
Ride Free Chicago Jim
You will always be in my heart
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