Bruce Springsteen recently found himself stranded on the side of the road in New Jersey after his motorcycle broke down. Luckily, a group of veterans from the Freehold American Legion spotted him from their own bikes and decided to help. And would you believe it took place on Veterans Day?
According to a Facebook post about the story, Dan Barkalow and Bob Grigs are members of the Post 54 Legion Riders. After attending a Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel, they decided to go for a ride with their friend Ryan Bailey. It was during this ride that Barkalow spotted a broken down motorcycle on the side of the road.
Barkalow (picture below with Springsteen) told the Associated Press of his decision to pull over, "Bikers gotta stick together." Little did he know at the time, the fellow biker he and his companions were about to help was none other than The Boss himself.
When they couldn't get Springsteen's bike started, the singer hitched a ride on the back of Bailey's bike, and the group went to a bar and "shot the breeze" while they waited for his ride to show up. Springsteen reportedly bought the men beers and left $100 on the table. According to Facebook, he also got their phone numbers.
"Nice guy, real down to earth," Barkalow said. "Just talked about motorcycles and his old Freehold days." Bailey added, "It was nice to help out. One Freehold person helping out another."
Springsteen grew up in Freehold, and the AP reports that he still lives in New Jersey. He has also shown his support for veterans over the years through music and activism, which earned him a Lincoln Award in 2015.
The Freehold American Legion later updated its original Facebook post after the comments, unfortunately, "devolved into a nauseating political altercation." The members added, "If we are going to survive as a nation both sides have to stop the hate," and closed by encouraging everyone to keep those serving overseas in their thoughts and prayers.
(H/T: Huffington Post)