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Posted byon November 04, 2014
Dozens of people strapped on their motorcycle helmets, climbed aboard their bikes, and took to the roads Saturday to pay their respects to Hershel “Bud” Moore, the 94-year-old World War II veteran attacked recently in his Arcadia home.
They started at noon at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Kokomo for the “Justice for Bud” event, before riding to the Cicero American Legion post, and ending up at the Noblesville Eagles Post. Moore traveled the route in an old Studebaker driven by a volunteer.
“It was like new,” Moore told The Star later about the car, his face beaming. “That guy put a lot of money into that.”
Moore was in good health and spirits Saturday, as he welcomed more than 100 people who came out to show him their support. They raised more than $3,500 as of Saturday afternoon to help Moore, who lost his savings when he was attacked in a home. More than two weeks have passed since the assault and robbery that injured Moore and raised a public outcry. Two thieves stole a large sum of money and ransacked his residence.
Several days later, police arrested two suspects, Joseph Michael Lowe, 26, Indianapolis, and Justin Wayne Lawson, 27, Cicero, in connection with the crime. Trials for the two men, who are accused of robbery, burglary and other charges, are set for March.
Moore didn’t talk much about his military service before the incident. But his story has drawn attention from members of the community as well as veterans, such as Christian Cline of the Sharpsville area.
Cline, who organized the ride, said the attack on Moore was an attack on all veterans.
“They attacked a brotherhood of veterans who will stand behind him 100 percent,” Cline said. “We’re here because Bud stood up, not because he got knocked down.”
Andy Jarboe, 50, Frankfort, was among those who stood behind Moore on Saturday. Jarboe, who rode in on his motorcycle, served in the Army in the 1980s and had a son who died in Afghanistan.
Jarboe said it was overwhelming to see so many people support a fellow veteran.
“We’re all brothers and sisters,” he said.
Moore said he’s not one to seek attention, but he hopes people take his story as a lesson to appreciate the freedoms they have and those who have served this country.
“If those two young men could see what my life has been through,” he said, “I think it would make different people out of them. It would teach them to respect life.”
Call Star reporter Steph Solis at (317) 444-6494. Follow her on Twitter: @stephmsolis.
How to help Bud:
A charity wiffle ball tournament is being organized for Hershel on Nov. 15. The organizers are looking to get up to 16 teams involved in the tournament. Those interested can contact Nathan Stapleton at [email protected]