DAV motorcycle ride raises awareness, funds

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 09:19 AM.

The “Bad Boys for Life” group with its president, 25-year retired veteran Marine Willie Kearse of Havelock, also rides for assorted charitable fundraising events such as Special Olympics and Breast Cancer Awareness.

He said it has about 30 members, “mostly military but some civilian who have been touched by someone close,” family and friends have who have fought, died, are missing or still in harm’s way.

Kearse’s son was active duty and is now in the Army reserve, and he has a daughter still in the service whose husband was killed by an IED.

In the talk of war while waiting for the kick stands to go up at 9 a.m., people who served or supported questioned the leadership that sends Americans to war or pulls them back from a conflict, sometimes before they think the job is done.

But on a cool, almost fall, Saturday morning, Justin Kearse of Havelock, who also made the run with his dad, said that despite the concerns raised by the event, “it’s a nice day and there are positive vibes in remembering.”

Sue Book is a reporter for the Sun Journal.

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