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Day 10 Tuesday, May 7, back to Capitol Hill
Barry filmed the meeting with my 4th District Representative, Democrat David Price, while I waited in my truck outside the Rayburn House Office Building.  A steady rain and a late start prevented us from finding a parking space and walking to our 10:30am appointment with Rep. Price.  But Sam thought the meeting went well.  Barry’s 16 minute edited video of Sam’s meeting with Rep. Price is linked here:  http://youtu.be/NXaKNprPe_g

Our calls to the offices of Senator Richard Burr and Representative Walter Jones were not returned, but we learned that next year we will make Congressional appointments in advance of Sam’s 3rd Annual Ride for Peace in 2014.

We dropped Barry off at his home in Columbia Heights, followed by a rendezvous with Sam’s wife Marie and nephew Mike in Virginia.  They had driven from NC to pick up Sam and take him home.  He had a week to prepare for his departure to Hiroshima on May 15.  Sam will speak about his experience traveling in Japan at the Regulator Bookstore in Durham at 6:00pm on Memorial Day, May 27.

Day 9 Monday, May 6 on Capitol Hill
On Monday Sam and I took the Metro from Columbia Heights to Union Station and walked the few blocks to the office of the Friends Committee on National Legislation.  Iraq vet and Veterans For Peace Vice President Matt Southworth is a lobbyist for FCNL, and Matt generously printed out contact information for our NC Senators’ offices as well as the 3rd, 4th and 6th District Representatives.

Videographer Barry met us at the FCNL office, and filmed Sam speaking near the Capitol.

Senator Kay Hagan was not in DC on this day, but we did meet with her military liaison, Chris Cannon, and a Marine major, Brian Raan.  Their consensus was that Sam’s questions were "above their pay grade," although they both seemed genuinely moved by Sam's presentation, in addition to his epic bicycle rides.

Our visit with Sam's 6th District NC Representative, Republican Howard Coble, was filmed by Barry Student. Coble regrets his vote for the authorization to use military force (AUMF) but is not ready to vote to repeal the 2002 legislation that authorized President GW Bush to invade Iraq. Mr. Coble doesn't believe that Bush lied to the world about fictitious weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, although he does believe that Bush may have been lied to by his subordinates.  During our discussion, Mr. Coble repeated that the issues Sam raised were “subject to interpretation.”  At both Hagan’s and Coble’s offices, we shared copies of an article calling for Congressional repeal of the AUMF that was published by the Guardian (UK) the day before, co-authored by Matt Southworth.

On Monday evening, George hosted another gathering at his house, including co-rider Mike Marceau, Ron Fisher, Barry, and CodePink Women for Peace activist Joan Stallard.  Joan told Sam that there is an active CodePink group in Japan, and suggested that we reach out to these dynamic peace activists before Sam departs for Japan on May 15.

 

Day 8 Sunday, May 5 in Columbia Heights
Sunday was scheduled as a rest day for Sam, George and me.  Jim and Ron drove back to NC.  Sam and I had planned to stay in Washington DC with George so we could visit members of our Congressional delegation on Monday and Tuesday.  Sam came up with the idea of formulating questions for Congress members, and we spent much of Sunday afternoon drafting a variety of questions to present on Capitol Hill.  We were aided in this regard by George’s brother-in-law Bill Carlson.  Bill and George’s sister Ann stopped in Columbia Heights for a visit with George, on their way from their home in Boston to their son’s graduation from Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.  Ann is a nurse who is planning a 12 month world-wide journey to visit rural health clinics.
Bill is a US Air Force veteran who worked at the Pentagon during the Nixon and Ford administrations.  While Ann was napping upstairs, Sam, George, Bill and I discussed possible strategies in formulating our questions for Congress.
Sam eventually settled on the following questions:

Excessive military spending deprives our country of the basic funding needed for productive purposes. Our large military resembles a giant bulldog looking for a fight.  We are making enemies that will last for generations.  What are your future plans for military spending?

The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to declare war, but since WW II has ceded that power to one person, the president.  Do you believe that is wise?  Do you believe that one person should have the power to launch wars, in opposition to the direction of the Constitution?

Our national debt is becoming out of control.  What is the cost of interest on $16 trillion?  What are your plans to get our spending under control?  How can we convert from a military economy to a peace time economy?

We also drafted a statement for Sam to share with Congress members about his May 15 trip to Japan:

“I’m going to Hiroshima on a pilgrimage of reconciliation. 70 years ago I fought the Japanese as a Marine Corps scout on Pelileiu and Okinawa.  I’m going to Japan to say that it is time for humanity to come together as one  family; to recognize our common enemies, nuclear weapons earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, poverty, disease, hunger, hatreds, bigotry and the persistence and threats of war.  We need to transform our arsenals of war into arsenals of peace

“Our democracy needs to mature, to remember that  the rights enumerated in our founding documents, the right to life, liberty, to establish justice and provide for the common welfare are indeed universal. That will be my message in Hiroshima, and to my fellow Americans.”

 

Day 7, Leesburg to Lafayette Park
May 4
I t seemed like the sunshine had come to stay by Saturday morning. George had brought Mike out to Leesburg late Friday, and George led the riders toward DC with his Grass Roots Unity flag , followed by Sam, Joe, Ron, Barry, and Mike sporting the Veterans for Peace flag. George fell out in a faint near the Potomac crossing at Memorial Bridge, but was revived to regain the lead into Lafayette Park, as Washington church bells chimed the 2:00pm hour.
The Lafayette Park welcoming committee included Veterans For Peace President Patrick McCann and Peace Action Executive Director Kevin Martin, friends of Ron and Joe, and a group of Korean Peace Activists we had met in 2012.  ABC TV 7 was on hand to interview Sam, (see clip at http://youtu.be/low8h3nFTqU).  Sam spoke to the gathering, as did Kevin, Patrick and Mr. Suh of the Korean contingent.  Kevin and Patrick both addressed Sam’s 2nd Ride for Peace as the start of a grand new tradition. 
 
Last year we had no plans after the Lafayette Park Rally for Peace other than dragging our weary tails back home to NC.  This year, however, we still had work ahead of us, with plans to visit Congress members, and Sam’s attendance at the Rotary International Peace Forum in Hiroshima May 17 & 18.
 
Joe’s wife Susan and friend Will were on hand, and we bid a fond farewell to Joe as he left the park.
George hosted a Saturday night celebration of Sam’s 2nd Ride for Peace at his home in Columbia Heights, that featured Darryl Willis on guitar and former Washington Peace Center Director Jay Marx. Sam turned in early, but other guests made the 2 block walk to the Washington Peace Center’s 50th anniversary fund raiser and dance at St Stephen’s Church.

Day 6, Middleburg to Leesburg
May 3
Friday dawned with a sunrise that inspired Barry.  “We need to get Sam up here on the 3rd floor balcony to shoot an interview!!”
We rallied for breakfast at Common Grounds in Middleburg, before the riders rode east toward Sam Fred Road. 
It was a quick ride up Sam Fred to Snickersville Rd to Watermill, North Folk, and north on the Lincoln Rd.  My red spray painted arrow pointing to Lincoln Rd was my last route mark of the week.
The Town of Lincoln began as a Quaker community called Goose Creek, that changed its name to Lincoln following the election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860.  The Goose Creek Friends Meeting in Lincoln is the longest continuously meeting Quaker house in Virginia.  In 2012, the Friends provided a grand reception for Sam and his fellow riders, cheering from their porch as the peace riders rounded the corner riding up the hill in a steady rain. 
This Friday we were greeted by a 93 year old widow of a WW II veteran and her daughter, who brought her mother to meet Sam.    Goose Creek Friends Meeting caretaker Bill Cochran pointed down the walking path, and here came Andrew McKnight, who lives nearby.  Andrew serenaded the 2012 visit to the Glen Ora Farm, and arranged for Sam’s reception at the Goose Creek  Friends Meeting and the Lincoln Elementary School.
Andrew is an extraordinary singer-songwriter-guitar player I met at a friend’s B&B house concert in Floyd, VA in 2007.  Andrew and I exchanged words and music at the Friends Meeting.  I shared copies of Swanson’s “When the World Outlawed War” and his children’s book “Tubeworld,” both published last year.  Andrew shared copies of his CD/DVD recording of a live performance in Purcellville, “One Virginia Night.”   
Andrew jogged up the hill to the Lincoln Elementary school where we were met by 130+ students who cheered Sam’s arrival, just as they had the year before.  Sam had a pocketful of gold (plated) dollar coins that he doled out to students who answered questions about US history, and one needy student who didn’t have an answer.  The student’s teacher observed Sam’s gift and thanked him afterward.  The young man had been having a difficult day, and Sam’s gift was much appreciated.
We left the Lincoln school and proceeded to Purcellville for lunch at Magnolia’s at the Mill, the trailhead of the W &OD Bike Path. 
After lunch the riders began their (mostly downhill) jaunt to Leesburg, where we were met by KD Kidder, with her peace flag rippling.  KD is a veteran of the Great Peace March of 1986, walking from San Francisco to Chicago to New York to Washington DC over 9 months. She also marched from Leningrad to Moscow, 200 Soviet peace activists marching with 200 Americans in 1987, and showed us a pocket knife a Russian peace activist had pressed into her hand with a chant (in Russian) “Peace and friendship.”
We missed KD in 2012, but connected with her this year.  She recruited Leesburg folks to join in the welcome, including Leesburg Town Councilor Kelly Burke.   KD arranged for dinner for the lot of us at a nearby Peruvian restaurant, and we dined on the back terrace in a bracing coolness as the afternoon faded to night.  KD came by the Days Inn later, having made copies of her DVD “The Face of Peace” from the 1986 march.

Ron and I shared a room Friday night, and I learned a bit more of his story.

Ron landed in Vietnam as a US Army helicopter crew chief on new year’s eve, 1968, and stayed in country until Christmas eve.  He thought about re-upping for 6 months, which would have shortened his 3 year tour.  Instead, after his helicopter returned from a mission riddled with bullet holes, he returned stateside to train helicopter crew chiefs.  What landed him in hot water and busted him down to entry rank, was adapting the curriculum to account for his own experience in Vietnam.  His sin was to stray too far from the book, and for that he was busted to the motor pool, consigned to the oil change crew for the remainder of his hitch.  On his last day he drove to the base gate in is Camaro, and laid rubber the last 50 yards, pushing his duffel out the driver’s window as he crossed the finish line, and headed home to his family in Virginia Beach.

 

Day 5, Culpeper to Middleburg
May 2
Sam, Joe and Ron pedaled away from the Red Carpet Inn and into town for breakfast at the 4 C’s Café, where we met a couple more 4 C’s Vets, including Vietnam Marine vet Gary, who missed last night’s dinner.  He was practicing with his pipe and drum band, NVFESPB (Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe Band), 12 bagpipers and 12 drummers.
Sam wasn’t able to eat or drink at breakfast, because his handful of morning vitamins had got stuck in his throat.  But a few miles up Route 229, and he was back in form.
We met Barry and George when they joined the ride north of Marshall.  Videographer Barry joined the ride last year in Leesburg, with his bicycle rigged for filming while bicycling.  His videos of last year’s ride are posted at www.ncveteransforpeace.org.  Barry’s video was also incorporated into the recent short documentary produced by Joan Widdifield and Mark Barroso, that included interviews with Sam at his Person County farm.
George was also our benefactor in 2012, having arranged to borrow a portable stage and sound amplification system from the Washington Peace Center for our Lafayette Park Rally.

Sam & Co. made good time on Day 5, and arrived at the Glen Ora Farm by midafternoon.  Thursday was our first sunny morning, and the afternoon sunshine shone brilliantly on the farm foliage.  Elaine and Tom enjoyed some of the wonderful wine we brought from the Grayhaven, then we went into Middleburg for dinner at the Red Horse Tavern.  Elaine regaled us with the story of helping found CodePink Women for Peace with Jody, Medea, Gael, Diane, Ann and others, and her work since our last visit on a documentary film on the red wolf.  Tom has continued writing a monthly column in the Middleburg Eccentric while tending to the farm.

 

Day Four, Sam’s Ride for Peace 2013, Gum Spring to Culpeper
May 1
Day Four dawned with heavy clouds for the 4th consecutive day.  But we still have 3 days to go.  To chase the morning gloom, Chuck served up perfect pancakes, topped with Max’s exquisite fruit sauce.   The riders were off by 7:30, heading up the Newline Road to take VA Hwy 522 into Culpeper.
Grey skies turned blue about the time that the Blue Ridge Mountains loomed into sight to the north and west. 
Lunch in Unionville, and the riders were off again, making Culpeper by 3:30.  Tail driver Jim modified his previous pattern, and pulled off the road when traffic backed up behind him.  He found at least one ditch along the way, and his mud splattered truck was evidence of his finding a ditch or two.
Finishing the day’s ride in mid-afternoon gave the riders a chance to rest up for our dinner in Culpeper.  Sam met Jerry Beckett when Sam and I stopped at the 4 C’s Restaurant in March.  Jerry is a 29 year US Army vet who served in Vietnam for 68 months.  When we met in March, Jerry offered to buy dinner for the first 25 bicyclists for peace who made it from Raleigh to Culpeper.  We arrived with just 3 riders, but Jerry insisted on paying for dinners for riders and drivers, and a few of his friends who joined us at the 4 C’s, including WW II veterans John and Jello, Jello’s wife Liz, and Vietnam vet Jim.   Jello, also a veteran of the Washington DC Fire Department, was given his nickname by his siblings, and still gets ribbed by the 4 C’s Vets for having served in the Coast Guard.   But he was the senior member of our dinner party at 92, and a man of good humor.
Jim and John had complimentary stories.  Jim dodged the Army to serve in the Navy, while John dodged the Navy to serve in the Army.  Both served in Vietnam.  Jerry tried to join the Marines, but, according to him, was disqualified, on account of his parents being married.  Former Marine Sam Winstead took no visible offense at Jerry’s remark, although, to be fair, Sam had just rode a bicycle 53 miles, and had at least one good belt of bourbon under his belt.
Jerry has a daughter who is a US Army Major stationed at Ft Bragg, NC.  His son-in-law is an officer with Joint Special Operations.  Jerry married a Vietnamese woman, a Catholic, who was one of the fearful when the US occupation of Vietnam collapsed.  Jerry fits the stereotypical military veteran who is steadfast in his supports the US military.  So why was he so generous in welcoming Sam’s Ride for Peace to Culpeper?
What might appear to be a contradiction points to a too little recognized truth: Many, if not most of our military veterans and personnel desire peace more fervently than your average civilian, for whom warfare is an abstraction to be ignored, if at all possible.  Tonight’s conversation was significant.  It was the kind of conversation we should be having in coffee shops, bars and restaurants all over this country and around the world.  We need to add the tag lines to the familiar quotation:  “My country, right or wrong;  When right, to be kept right;  When wrong, to be made right.”

On May 15, Sam Winstead will travel to Hiroshima, Japan, at the invitation of Sakuji Tanaka, the president of Rotary International, on a pilgrimage of reconciliation.  That was a message that resonated with the 4 C’s Veterans Club:  “How can we reconcile our conflicts without war?”
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 Day Three, Blackstone to Gum Spring
April 30
Sam, Joe, Ron, Jim and I found the same round table as the night before at the Farmers Café in Blackstone for a hearty breakfast, before launching the Day Three Ride for Peace.  The Blackstone Library was closed early Tuesday morning, so Sam wrote a note to accompany a copy of “When the World Outlawed War” and slipped it in the ‘return box’ at the library entrance.
I drove ahead marking the route as far as Goochland, and stopped at the White Hawk Music Café.  Sam and I had stopped there last spring when we scouted the route for the 2012 Ride for Peace.  The White Hawk offers the World’s Best Coffee Cake, great coffee, friendly service and wifi internet.  Tuesday morning they hosted a couple of tables of women bridge players as well.
When I finished arranging our accommodations for Culpeper and Leesburg, I marked the remainder of the route to the Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring, and waited by the Parrish Grocery at the corner of Hwy 250 and 522 (downtown Gum Spring).  It turned out to be a long wait, but by 6:00pm Sam and Co. hove into view.  It had been a harrowing ride north of Goochland on Hwy 522, as rush hour traffic backed up behind tail driver Jim on the narrow 2-lane road.  Jim cringed at the thought that impatient drivers were cursing “Sam’s Ride for Peace” the sign prominently displayed on the back of Jim’s Toyota pick-up.  Jim hadn’t joined this ride to piss people off. At one point a VA state trooper pulled Jim off the road and cautioned him about holding up traffic.  A strong headwind and slate start helped put us in jeopardy.  For next year’s ride, we’ll get an earlier start from Blackstone, and dodge the rush into Gum spring.
Our return to the Grayhaven Winery was greeted with a warm welcome.  Last year we missed our host Deon Abrams, who was catering a dinner at the South African Embassy in Washington DC.  The Grayhaven features South African food and wine, and Deon is the caterer of choice for South African functions at the embassy and Ambassador’s home in DC.  He is also a relative newcomer to the Grayhaven Winery.  His wife Max’s parents, Chuck and Lyn Peple established the Grayhaven during the 1970’s, when it was one of just 6 wineries in Virginia.  Now there are 240.  As Deon described it, establishing a winery in Virginia is a popular way for rich people to lose money.  Max and Deon’s son, Azra, now 8 years old, is a full head taller than last year, and sported his own new bicycle. 
When we stayed with the Peples /Abrams in 2012, we donated a book to their library.  Former Chapel Hill mayor and UNC Law School Dean Ken Broun had recently published “Saving Nelson Mandela—The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa.”   Deon believes strongly that Nelson Mandela was the only person who could have led South Africa out of Apartheid and onward toward democracy.
After we sampled a wonderful variety of Grayhaven wines, Max served up a delicious dinner that included a venison pate made by a vegetarian friend.  Chuck and Lyn are both literary folks, and Chuck showed us the newly published “400 Years—The History of Henrico County” of which he is co-author.  Chuck had turned 78 just 4 days earlier, and he is determined to train for Sam’s 2014 Ride for Peace.  Seeing the 87 year-old Sam Winstead on his bicycle has that effect on people.   
     

Day Two

Most of the heavy rain fell during Sunday night, but a steady drizzle remained Monday morning. Over breakfast of oatmeal, biscuits, juice and coffee, Sam took inspiration from Rotary International’s commitment, back in 1985, to dedicate $500 million to eradicating polio world-wide. With Rotarians 1.2 million members in 167 countries, Sam mused about the possibility of a similar commitment to ending war, imagining warfare as a kind of virus that could be cured with sufficient treatment.
I rode ahead of the bicyclists after breakfast. The pavement was too wet to mark with spray paint arrows, so I looked for points on the route that needed clarification, and relayed those to Jim, who was following the riders in his truck. At one point Sam pedaled well ahead of Joe and Ron, and missed a turn near the Lunenburg/Mecklenburg County line. Jim had to catch up with him and haul him back on track. “You’re going too fast, Sam!!”
Meanwhile I drove ahead to Blackstone and reserved rooms at the Wedgewood Motor Inn on Main Street, and stopped by the police station to get help in navigating our route out of Blackstone Tuesday morning, not an easy thing to do when Walnut Hill Road apparently exists only on the DeLorme Virginia Atlas & Gazetteer. I also had a chance to stop in at Bobcat Country 93.5 FM radio, where Sam had visited last year. Radio host Jack told me he’d be glad to have Sam back on his show. Bobcat Jack quoted from Sam’s flyer when introducing him this afternoon: “He believes, in the words of the Denzel Washington character in the film “Crimson Tide,” that, in the nuclear age, the enemy is war itself.”
Since I had already dropped into the Blackstone Courier-Record office, I made sure to call Heather to let her know Sam was coming up on 93.5 FM. She let me know that they were already tuned in.
It’s a joyous event whenever bicyclists finish a day’s 65 mile ride. It is especially joyous when the combined ages of the three cyclists is 222 years!! Joe was thirsty when he landed at the Wedgewood Motor Inn in Blackstone. He asked if I had brought the beer I stocked in his room in Henderson last night. Alas, none of us thought to retrieve most of a 12 pack of Modelo left in Room 158. Sam enjoys a beer once in a while, although he informed us that, for medicinal purposes, his doctor had prescribed a strict bourbon diet when it came to libations, but only after the “horse” was in the barn, and the bicycle put to rest.
Eventually the 5 of us walked the 2 blocks up Main Street to the Farmer’s Café for supper, and commandeered a round table under a sign that read “laugh much…” Sam worked at recruiting Joe and Ron to join him on Cindy Sheehan’s California to DC ‘Tour de Peace’bicycle ride that Cindy launched on April 4, with a scheduled July 3rdarrival date in Washington. Sam plans to join the Tour de Peace in June, after his return from Japan.
Sam asked me about Canada, and I recounted my journey, as a merchant seaman, to Vietnam in 1968; my subsequent refusal to join the Army of Richard Nixon in 1970, my indictment for draft evasion in 1971; and settling on a farm in Nova Scotia, not far from where my mother was born.
It turns out that Ron and I were in Vietnam at the same time, in 1968, although my visit as a merchant marine much shorter than his X month tour with…. Ron told us about his tent being blown away in Lon Binh Base, in the opening of the ’68 Tet offensive. It wasn’t a mere mortar shell; it was an exploded ammunition dump. For the next 4 days, helicopter crew chief Ron was at the helm, with every soldier available who could stay awake. Ron will be sharing more of his story in the days to come.
Jim shared some of his plans for a motorcycle trip to Utah this May. I asked Jim if he had any favorite landscapes in North America, and he suggested that the question was equivalent to asking a parent to select a favorite child. Jim is from New Orleans, has travelled and worked extensively out west, and went to school in Maine. The five of us commiserated on the countless spectacular landscapes across the continent (including the glorious ride through south-central Virginia today). And speaking of Maine, Ron related how much he enjoyed taking the 6 hour Bar Harbor, Maine to Yarmouth ferry, driving the south shore of Nova Scotia, and cycling Cape Breton Island.
None of us had met Ron before this past Saturday. But on a long distance bicycle ride for peace, you form bonds quick. Sam, Joe and Ron bicycled into a steady rain from Henderson, NC in this morning, and brought sunshine with them to Blackstone, Virginia.
We’ll be back to the Farmer’s Café for breakfast tomorrow, then on to the Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring, to stay with the good folks who hosted Sam’s Ride for Peace last spring.

 

Day 1

On April 29, 2012, Sam Winstead led a 7 day, 350 mile bicycle Ride for Peace from the NC Capitol in Raleigh to the White House in Washington DC.  Sam is an 87 year old retired farmer from Person County, and a WW II Marine combat veteran.  He believes, in the words of the Denzel Washington’s character in the film “Crimson Tide,” that “In the nuclear age, the enemy is war itself.” 
Prior to launching his 2012 Ride for Peace, Sam received the Torch Bearer Award from the World Harmony Runners.  Following the successful finish and Lafayette Park rally in Washington DC, on May 5, Sam received the Beacon of Peace Award from the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans for Peace, with the following inscription:


            "In appreciation for his determination to deliver his message of peace to our representatives in Washington DC, Sam Winstead led a bicycle Ride for Peace 350 miles from Raleigh, NC to the White House, April 29—May 5, 2012.  During his 7 day ride, the 87year old WW II Marine combat veteran braved the elements, fatigue, and the daunting hills of northern Virginia in a demonstration of unstinting courage and devotion which inspires us to raise our own voices in the call to put an end to war."


            But Sam Winstead is not a man to rest on his laurels.  He has decided to continue riding for peace, until warfare becomes a historic relic in our rear view mirror, or until his Maker calls him home.  While some might say that it is hopelessly utopian to imagine an end to war, the same was said about the end of slavery and the enfranchisement of women.  Outrages against human rights are typically viewed as immutable, until citizen action successfully demands their redress.  West Point graduate Paul Chappell argues this point eloquently in his book “The End of War.”  In “When the World Outlawed War,” noted author/activist David Swanson reminds us that, following the horrors of World War I, the United States actually agreed to outlaw war in the Kellogg-Briand Treaty of 1928, a treaty that remains the law of the land, according to our Constitution.  While Kellogg Briand has been forgotten during the last half century’s resurgence of war lust, we would do well to remember that we have already outlawed this scourge.
            Sam led 16 riders to Washington DC last year.  This year we plan to have at least 100 riders, building toward one thousand and more in years to come.
            We will follow the same route this year as in 2012, enjoying the hospitality of friends in Henderson, Blackstone, The Grey Haven Winery in Gum Spring, Culpepper, Middleburg, Lincoln, Purcellville and Leesburg, on our way back to Lafayette Park and the White House.
            In an extraordinary gesture of reconciliation, Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka invited Sam to Japan after the conclusion of this year’s Ride for Peace.  Sam fought Japanese soldiers in the Pacific during WW II.
            Now Sam Rides for Peace.
We are recruiting bicyclists of all ages to join the 2013 Ride for Peace departing the NC Capitol in Raleigh at 8:00am Sunday, April 28, for all or part of the ride to DC.  If you can join the ride launch, you could ride to the Raleigh city limit and still make Sunday church services.  To support Sam’s 2013 Ride for Peace, contact the Eisenhower Chapter of Veterans For Peace, 748 Meadow Branch Road, Pittsboro, NC  27312;  heu93@aol.com or call 919-444-3823.
            We need riders who can try to keep up with Sam Winstead!

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