By: Wally Wersching
The Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA: www.cmausa.org) held their annual “Day of Prayer” throughout the country on Sunday, March 5th this year. Groups of Christian bikers got together to pray for everything they deemed requiring help.
Locally, the “Warriors For Christ” Chapter of the CMA (www.WarriorsForChrist.net) met at the Cherokee County Veterans Appreciation Park in Gaffney, SC next to the Gaffney Military Museum at about 2 PM.
Sunday’s weather was the best of the week with temps in the upper 50’s, and a cloudless, bright Carolina Blue sky. I arrived at the park about 1:30PM, and waited for the rest to arrive.
The park, which was dedicated in 2010, has a beautiful display of monoliths with names of veterans along with little areas on each side for remembering. I started to walk around the memorial – it is such a beautiful place. I always like to read the names on the marble. Every monolith is labeled with the branch of service, and its number in that branch. The names are arranged alphabetically so it’s easy to look up a specific name. There is also a list kept in the podium during the summer months. There are a couple beautiful statues in the park, too, along with musical rocks that play patriotic music.
One statue is one that I have seen replicated many times. It is called the “Fallen Soldier Battle Cross” the one with the helmet on the rifle butt, and the boots. It’s very moving. The more I stood there looking at it the more it was talking to me. The other one is an eagle with an inscription on the base by Theodore Roosevelt. Too many people had to die for us to enjoy our freedom, and this park remembers them.
At a few minutes before 2:00, a single rider rode in - a few minutes later another. Then a small group of bikers pulled in, and parked along the back wall by the pool building. In the group was Carolyn but she wasn’t on her old Sportster. She bought a Harley Trike. It looked new but it was a used one. She seemed very happy with it.
A few minutes later, Rodger, (Carolyn’s husband and the President of the chapter) rode in on another strange bike. He bought a very new looking 2000 Harley full-dresser with very low mileage. It looked like he went back in time to buy a new 2000 Harley. Everybody started to tease both Carolyn and Rodger about being “Money-Bags”. They explained that they got very good deals on both. It seems like used Harleys are selling for very little cash right now.
The group might not all be CMA members but most belonged to a Christian Biker Ministry of some kind. Many churches have a group who ride motorcycles together. Some have identifying colors on the backs of their vests but some are just friends.
Everybody got acquainted. I shared some of my Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazines with them. Then, Rodger talked about how they will all get in a circle on the Veterans Monument to pray. After they walked to the flags, everybody held hands, and each person in turn said a prayer for something special to them.
Their goal is to spread the word, and increase the group size every year. Next year, mark your calendars for the first Sunday in March. We’ll meet again at the memorial park about 2:00PM. See you there!