With season five of Sons of Anarchy cranking up, there’s advance word of some radical shakeups in the storyline and famous characters meeting their fates.
Whatever the outcome, the fans of the FX hit series showed both their support for SOA and for America’s military vets when they rallied for the Third Annual Boot Ride and Rally. The event is put together by the Boot Campaign, a non-profit organization that comes to the aid of active service members and their families, providing housing, jobs and medical aid to the wounded. It is expected to bring $100,000 to the cause and is bolstered by the support of many celebrities, the SOA cast being a prime example.
This year’s event took place along the dockage of the battleship USS Iowa, which saw service through WWII and the Cold War and is now a floating museum in the San Pedro harbor in Southern California. As you would expect at an event where the SOA crew makes an appearance, there was a large herd of bikes.
The ride entailed battling your way up the freeway to Hollywood and finding parking in a sea of bikes that rolled up to the Happy Ending Bar & Restaurant on Hollywood Blvd. Bands, good food, cold brew and several booths promoting the support of our combat vets were part of the party mix.
All the while the SOA actors mingled with the crowds, doled out autographs and posed for snapshots. That included Charlie Hunnam a.k.a. “Jax Teller,” Kim Coates a.k.a. “Tig Trager,” and Mark Boone, Jr. a.k.a. “Bobby Munson.”
But what it’s really all about is the individual U.S. combat vets who gave more than their fair share to their country and then sometimes found the battlefield still waiting for them back home when dealing with transitions, work and wounds.
The real star of the day’s event, and a wounded warrior the Boot Campaign aids and supports, was John Desoto. During the Desert War he took 11 bullets to the arms, legs and face, and is now recovering with his family.
If you would like to show your support through upcoming Boot Program events, visit their website at www.bootcampaign.com.