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Biker Dad: 90-year-old crossing the country on a Harley to make a point


An 89-year-old World War Two veteran is riding his Harley Davidson from coast to coast to honor military members who never made it back home. Bruce Heilman served in the Marines. Last month he set off from California, on his way to Washington D.C., where he is expected to arrive for Memorial Day. Heilman made a stop in Salt Lake City on Saturday and spoke with NBC television affiliate KSL.

He's riding his Harley six thousand miles to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago. 

"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," said Heilman. "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 survived an airplane accident over Iwo Jima and has been awarded many medals for his service. He is currently the chancellor of the University of Richmond, where he also served as president and CEO for 17-years. 

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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