One military veteran made his way to Thunder Beach in Panama City on Monday as part of a stop on his long journey across the country.
John Scovoronski is an Army veteran who is on a cross-country journey with one goal in mind. He wants people to “wake up” and to stop taking all of the freedoms we have for granted. To illustrate his message, Scovoronski is pulling around a wooden casket behind his bike. He crafted the casket by hand, and draped over it is an American flag. According to him, it represents the millions of veterans’ lives lost fighting for our freedom. He explained as much to Channel 7 News WJHG.
“I want people to wake up and stop giving away our freedom that so many people have cut their lives short for so that we could do this,” Scovoronski said. “So that we could be whatever we want to be here in America. It’s frustrating to see how Americans are so willing to give that away.”
The long journey for the military veteran first began back on September 11, which is obviously a very patriotic date in itself. Scovoronski started just north of Detroit, Michigan. Since then, he has made his way through various national parks, to the Pacific Northeast, the California coast, and across the rest of the country until making his way to Florida.
Military Veteran Stops at Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally
The state of Florida is where John Scovoronski made a stop at Thunder Beach. For those who don’t know, Thunder Beach is a biannual motorcycle rally in Panama City Beach. The rally first began in 1999 at the Tiki Bar at the Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort. It takes place during the first weekend of May and October each year, spreading across seven venues in the Panama City Beach area. On average, the event attracts anywhere from 50,000 to 65,000 attendees each year.
Not only that, but it was a special trip for him because it allowed him to see some of his fellow veteran friends.
And while the military veteran will no doubt enjoy his time in Panama City Beach, his journey is not over yet. After the motorcycle rally concludes, Scovoronski will hit the road once again to finish his cross-country tri[.
According to the veteran himself, he is about two-thirds of the way done with his journey. As of his current location at Thunder Beach, he says he’s about 6,000 miles in. But he noted that when it’s all said and done, he expects to have put some 9,000 miles on his odometer.
If things go according to plan, Scovoronski will make it home right around Veteran’s Day. Talk about perfect timing.