Based on his book, Travels with Harley – Journeys in Search of Personal and National Identity, retired U.S. Army Colonel Christopher Holshek's National Service Ride leverages motorcycling's appeal to freedom, adventure, and moving forward to promote citizenship and service, starting right at home: “When we become better citizens, we become a better country – because, when you serve your community, you serve your country.”
Over the coming months, the Ride looks to engender a more positive, empowering narrative about citizenship and service across social and generational lines. "Making community, public, and national service a cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every American," as Service Year says, promotes national unity rather than division and helps pass the baton of generational leadership to move America forward.
The Ride project is a platform for locally organized public information events brining together service-oriented motorcycle clubs and community, public, and national service organizations in schools, meeting halls, and other places around the country. Featuring interactive discussions between those giving back from lives of service in many walks of life and those looking to pay it forward, the discussion will also show America's youth how service to others helps oneself, giving them clear pathways to service learning. By encouraging and empowering young people to do good work and help solve common problems, starting in their own communities, they become better Americans and improve their qualifications for personal advancement.