Friday, February 22, 2013

Hope Rider

Photo by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans

In December, we shared the exciting news of the grand opening of the Warrior Hope and Care Center aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune.  We shared the above photo, showing Marine Corps Commandant, General Amos, admiring a custom-built, custom-hand painted chopper in the lobby of the center.


The chopper was built to honor the wounded service members who are utilizing the Warrior Hope and Care Center.  The custom frame was made by Carolina Customs.  The motor and transmission are both from Harley Davidson.  Worked into the d├ęcor of the motorcycle are hand grenades on the handlebars; a K-Bar and a Tailgunner Exhaust along the side; 45-caliber bullets on the wheel spokes; and 50-caliber bullets on the down tube.  The seat is covered with camouflage cloth—torn and worn to represent the men and women who have worn the same fabric.  The paint scheme is camo and includes a bald eagle and a vintage Hope For The Warriors® logo. 

The bike was built byThe Chopp Shop in Taylorsville, NC and in 2009, Carolina Thunder Charities donated the motorcycle to Hope For The Warriors®.  We held onto this unique item until the Warrior Hope and Care Center was ready to open. 

Read the blog posting from December to learn more about the Warrior Hope and Care Center.


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