George Waikem Ford and Local Veterans Salute Memorial Day

You’re invited to help George Waikem Ford and a local Vietnam Veteran are working together this Memorial Day to honor fallen troops in Perry Township.

Now through Memorial Day Ken McGill’s 1968 Harley Davidson will be on display at George Waikem Ford, 4321 Lincoln Way East. This isn’t any old Harley though, this is a custom built Harley and a tribute to the 11 Perry High School Graduates who have died in combat since the Vietnam War.

View the bike at the Ford store and reflect on those who gave it all in the name of freedom. Ken McGill is a Vietnam Veteran and 1966 Perry High School graduate himself, and was a classmate and friend of the nine Perry High School graduates who died in combat during the Vietnam War.

A few years ago, he decided to fully restore a 1968 Harley Davidson as a tribute to the troops. Why 1968? That was the height of the Vietnam War, and nearly 17,000 Americans died in combat that year.

Highlights of his full restoration include the 11 men who gave it all. As prescribed on the bike “Never Forgotten”

“All Gave Some. Some Gave All.”

You will also see the Perry High School Memorial, American Flag, Eagle and Sun rays on the  fenders.

Ken said he takes the bike the shows across the area, and he has won Best in Show or First Place in all 7 shows he has entered. He said he talked with George “Deuce” Waikem, General Manager of the Ford store, about bringing the bike to Waikem because he knew that Perry High School and the Waikem Auto Family have a great relationship.

We invite everyone to take a minute this holiday weekend to stop by our dealership and use the bike to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day. Never forget the message on Ken’s bike:

All Gave Some. Some Gave All. Never Forgotten


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Lead blogger and content writer for the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, Ohio. Product specialist in Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi models. 2008 Graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Married to wife Christina. Resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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