Bruce Heilman is a 90 year old man and former Marine on a mission. He’s a Harley enthusiast and rider who took his Harley Davidson cross-country from California to Washington D.C. to spread a seriously important message – to remember and honor the lives lost in the Pearl Harbor attacks. He embarked on the 6,000 mile trip – which he departed from this past May – and landed in Washington D.C. just in time for Memorial Day.
In an interview he did with an NBC affiliate at a stop in Salt Lake City, Utah, Heilman said:
“Memorial day is more than hot dogs and marshmallows, and we ought to recognize in everything we do that our freedom comes from our military. Somebody says there’s a 90-year-old guy riding a motorcycle six thousand miles and they’ll say ‘well, I want to see that guy!’ Then they don’t know it, but I’m telling them something important.”
Heilman himself had served in the Marines, and survived an airplane accident over Iwo Jima during his service. He has been awarded many medals for his service, and is a decorated World War II Veteran. He is now a 17 year Chancellor at Richmond University in Virginia.
Check out video of Bruce’s incredible story below, and tell us in the comments if you had encountered him during his cross-country trip this past spring! Do you think what he did was amazing? We’d like to thank Bruce for his time and service, and especially for going above and beyond to remember those we lost in Pearl Harbor.
The American Legion Riders accompanied Heilman on his trip, and they made stops at American Legion posts across the country.