Pay It Forward: For Honor and Brotherhood

It's a sworn duty for honor and country.

"They write a check for their life and the government cashes in on it," said Army veteran Ray Sluder. "When you join the military, you belong to this country."

Sluder served his country for six years. When he got out, he found companionship and brotherhood at American Legion Post 202.

"We're more like a family," Sluder said. "When one gets sick, what we can do for them, we do."

Sluder is director of the Legion Riders, a group of veterans that ride their motorcycles around Texoma honoring veterans with honor escorts and flag lines at funerals.

"They help out in the community. They help veterans," said fellow Army veteran Roger Holloway. "They show honor and respect to veterans — fallen veterans."

That's why Holloway wanted to pay it forward to Post 202 — to reconnect with his brothers in arms and ensure the legacies of the men and women he considers family are never forgotten.

"When you're together having to fight side by side or even just training, you become closer and family because your lives depend on each other," Holloway said.

"You come together as one," Sluder said. "It doesn't matter what race. You become one. When we do that, we do great things."

Sluder's Legion Riders will be in Scotland and Windthorst this coming Monday for Memorial Day festivities.


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