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Friday, August 09, 2013 12:11 AM

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS—Delphos resident Dan Meyers has a voice and an original song that few have heard. On Saturday, when he sings at the opening ceremony for the American Huey 369 Homecoming at Grissom Reserve Air Force Base in Indiana, many will hear a voice echoing their own feelings of patriotism.

Meyers met the Huey 369 crew last year at the Fort Jennings Bicentennial during the Honor Flights and sang his song “All Because of You.”

 

“I was rewarded with hugs and tears of thanks,” Meyers spoke emotionally.

 

He developed an interest in Vietnam War Veterans after his brother Tom — who is a Vietnam War vet — started the Indiana POW/MIA. Meyers said his brother is currently involved in the Honor Flight Network, a program which continues to make veteran’s dreams of visiting their memorial a reality.

Meyers’ interest grew into a passion after experiencing two emotional life-changing events in 2010. The first event to affect him was witnessing a newscast showing members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas picketing a military funeral.

The second influential event was when he rode in a motorcycle escort — with more than 1,000 riders participating from Michigan, Ohio and Indiana — for the Vietnam Traveling Wall from Wapakoneta to Sidney. For 22 miles, Dixie Highway was lined with people waving American flags and displaying signs supporting Vietnam War Veterans. Meyers felt very undeserving of the acknowledgment from the crowds of people along the highway waving and cheering on the escort since he did not serve in the military.

“I felt very unworthy, waving back to the people who were thanking me,” Meyers said solemnly. “I knew the only reason I was riding free, was because of the names on the Traveling Wall behind me.”

As the ride progressed, he focused on the signs people were holding up and blamed his tearful eyes on the bitter cold wind blowing across his face.

When Meyers returned home, he couldn’t get the images of the signs the people along the highway were holding out of his mind.

“I got my guitar out and started writing the song “All Because of You,” Meyers said. “I got the lyrics from the signs people were holding.”

On Sunday, Meyers will ride with the Chained Eagles Motorcycle Club to the Dayton VA Hospital for the club’s annual picnic for the vets. He said anyone wanting to participate in the ride is welcome and the club is collecting a $5.00 donation or gift donation—magazines, toiletries, games, etc.— which will be given to the vets during the picnic.

Some of members of the club are meeting at the Cracker Barrel off of 309 in Lima around 8 a.m. for breakfast and then meet The Chained Eagles at 10 a.m. at the L & M Truck Stop off of I-75 in Wapakoneta. The group will take the “scenic route” and stop in Pleasant Hill VFW in Ludlow Falls (just east of Troy, Oh.) to pick up more riders and then ride straight through to the Dayton VA Hospital.

“I take my guitar, go up to the rooms, visit with the vets and sing them my song,” Meyers explained.

At Christmastime, Meyers and his German Shepherd Niki, along with members of Rolling Thunder, an activist club that promotes veteran’s rights, visit nursing homes in the Delphos, Ottawa, Van Wert, Kalida and Lima areas.

“Rolling Thunder serve as a voice for veterans,” Meyers explained.

Meyers’ goal is to get more people involved and to thank the veterans, especially the Vietnam vets who were looked at with disdain by the American people after returning home. He also wants to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from his song to help the veterans.

For more information on the club rides or promoting the song, contact Dan Meyers at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

All Because Of You

If it wasn’t for the proud and brave

We wouldn’t be free

Protecting us on the land, the air and sea

All because of you, we’re free because of you

You took on a hero’s task,

That most wouldn’t do

This country wouldn’t be, if it wasn’t for you

All because of you, we’re free because of you

Thank you for our freedom

Thank you for doing what you do

I’ll be, I’ll be praying

All because of you, we’re free because of you

God bless the MIA’s, the POW’s far away

You put your lives on the line

So we could live our peace of mind

All because of you, we’re free because of you

Some protest for what you do

Because of you, they were free to do

If they can’t stand behind you,

let them stand in front of you

Well, we’ll see, how long can they stand free

Thank you for our freedom

Thank you for doing what you do

I’ll be, I’ll be praying

All because of you, we’re free because of you

All because of you, I can pray because of you.

Last Updated on Friday, August 09, 2013 10:33 AM
 

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