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Harley-Davidson® and the U.S. Military – Let Freedom Roar F.X. Caprara Harley-Davidson-Military Appreciation Day on May 16th WWP


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F.X. Caprara Harley-Davidson-Military Appreciation Day on May 16th WWP

Two wheels, a full tank of gas along with speed and mobility – those elements combined were recognized by Gen. "Black Jack" Pershing, which motivated him to institute "maneuver warfare." In March 1916, Harley-Davidson received an order for twelve motorcycles to be sent to the border to aide in the conflict with Pancho Villa. That began the long relationship between Harley Motorcycles, the U.S. Military, and Military Veterans.

From 1916 till 1982, from the Mexican Revolution through the Falklands War, Harley-Davidson would produce motorcycles for use by the U.S. Military. During this time the H-D Quartermasters School, later to become the Service School, was born, and the motor company would receive the Army/Navy E Award for their excellence in the production of wartime equipment.

Harley-Davidson® and the U.S. Military – Let Freedom Roar

But that feeling of twisting the throttle and having it respond, to be free and go anywhere you want on two wheels is what stuck with American Soldiers as they returned home from war. Motorcycling was and still is a way of combating the confinement of civilian life. Motorcycle riding – or "Wind Therapy" as we call it – has been known to provide therapeutic benefits, especially for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

November 2014 Harley-Davidson and Wounded Warrior Project announced a partnership to help improve the lives of our military men and women who live with PTSD. As part of that partnership, F.X. Caprara Harley-Davidson will be honoring our military members with a Military Appreciation Day on May 16th, and hosting a Operation Personal Freedom™ event July 11th, benefiting WWP.

We hope you will join us at FXCHD as we thank our military men and women. They fought for the many freedoms we enjoy today – one of which is twisting the throttle of a Harley Motorcycle, feeling it respond, and being free to go where we want.


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