On September 16th I was invited to ride with a friend on the 11th Anniversary of the Freedom Gathering; a celebration and Tribute to Veterans. We began in our town of Overgaard, Arizona starting at American Legion Post 86 with the American Legion Riders. Our first run was to Holbrook arriving at American Legion Navajo Post 37. The weather was great and, yes, I wore a helmet. The Auxillary prepared a wonderful spread of Pulled Pork, variety of salads and dessert just for us. As all the other riders were showing up I was approached by Sporty Jim of Overgaard’s Post 86 to stay and write up a story for the Mogollon Rim News. I have come to realize that one can always find a story in most situations.
As I began searching for something to write on, Jerry and Dixie Becker from Apache Junction Post 27 told me they had acquired an art piece named “Navajo Code Talker” by artist David Behrens; a beautifully framed lithograph; Limited Edition 540/575. John Martin from Post 86, our support vehicle for the ride, toted the art piece this day in his pickup to be delivered.
Raymond Odell of Post 37 was our congenial host making sure we all had enough to eat and drink and bringing us all together. There were riders from Hawaii Post 17, Gilbert Post 40, Chandler Post 91, and Apache Junction Post 27. This is the most appropriate place to gift “Navajo Code Talker” to the Navajo Post 37 in Holbrook and in Raymond Odell’s humble words he said, “Thank you for tracking us down.”