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Patriot Guard - Saturday

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Patriot Guard - Saturday

Gus Philpott
Woodstock Advocate
August 24, 2008


Patriot Guard


These Patriot Guard motorcycle riders, along with about ten others and two escort vehicles, were in town on Saturday for the ceremony at the Opera House prior to the deployment of Delta Company members who are headed for Afghanistan.

They didn't seem to have any trouble finding a parking place right in front of the Opera House.

After the ceremony, they headed out of town, traveling east on Calhoun. When they got to the stop sign at Madison Street, they turned left. All of them. The escort vehicle stopped. Only the escort vehicle stopped. When it made its left turn, all the motorcycles followed it right through the stop sign, and the following escort vehicle also ran right through the stop sign.

That's one of the reasons I don't go on motorcycle charity rides. The first motorcycle in a pack stops; when the first rider starts up, all the others just sail right through the stop sign on the first biker's stop.

A parade permit may entitle vehicles to proceed through stop signs. Leaving town wasn't a parade. They were just heading out of town. Next time they come to Woodstock, they should be reminded to stop at stop signs.

Luckily, no westbound vehicle on Calhoun popped over the railroad tracks, expecting a clean run right through the intersection at Madison St. Very lucky...



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