Florida Bikers Host Harley-Davidson Ride to Honor Shooting Victims
When tragedy strikes, a local Harley-Davidson group is among the first to show support for a grieving community.
If there’s one thing we know about the Harley-Davidson community, it’s that they’re typically the first to respond when tragedy strikes. And following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida recently, bikers came from all over the state to gather at Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson to participate in the Treasure Coast Bikers Tribute Ride, an event created to honor victims of the tragedy.
Some rode as far as 70 miles from Daytona Beach to show their support for the local community. “It was a sad day for everybody and (Harley Davidson) bikers have always been supportive of our community,” Tony Ane, Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson sales manager, told WPTV news. “There’s no boundaries. There’s no limits. Everybody is hurt by it, and we just want to do our part in honoring them,” added biker Chico Matta.
Participants tied ribbons to their handlebars reading “MSDHS Strong,” a nod to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where the shooting took place. Dozens participated in the ride, which was preceded by a prayer led by biker and local pastor Rev. Johnny Solo Sr. Many wore shirts that carried the message “Pray for Parkland.”
The group, consisting of motorcyclists from multiple area clubs, then departed Treasure Coast Harley-Davidson and headed down U.S. 1 toward Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, their final destination. It was a somber ride, but a kind gesture toward a community still reeling from tragedy.
Judging from the turnout, it’s clear the Harley-Davidson community in Florida is as tight knit and caring as you would imagine. Above all, they’re the first to come out and give folks a shoulder to lean on when they’re needed most!