The Lake Placid, Fl. American Legion and Lake Country Cruisers Honors the Return of 2nd Lieutenant Pharis Weekley’s Remains

Cruisers, American Legion Members, and Patriots Salute the Return of 2nd Lieutenant Pharis Weekley’s Remains

Greetings Cruisers!

Our May 2023 Car & Bike Show coincided with a special occasion. Through diligence and modern DNA science, the remains of 2nd Lieutenant Pharis Weekley were identified, and returned to his home in Avon Park, Florida, EIGHTY years after he was killed in Operation Tidal Wave, over Romania. By all accounts, it was known by the soldiers to be a “suicide mission”. His plane was shot down and he, along with his fellow soldiers, was buried in a mass grave.

Coincidentally, the procession with 2nd Lt. Weekley’s remains, lead by the Avon Park American Legion Riders, road by the Lake Placid American Legion, Post 25. Commander Fred Pierce arranged for two hook-and-latter fire trucks to suspend a “Welcome Home” banner for the procession. They also decorated the side of Rt. 27 with 200 American flags. Everyone that registered a car for the show received a small American flag to hold as the procession thundered by.

It was a solemn occasion. Thanks to everyone that planned this event. Also to those that stopped what they were doing for a few minutes to pay their respects.

The LaBelle, Florida Dana-Howard-Weekley American Legion, Post 130 is named after 2nd Lt. Weekley.

We honor our fallen. Without them and those that serve, we would not be able to enjoy car shows and the car culture.

We had 39 cars and 2 motorcycles registered. Our Cruiser of the Month was Marcus and Joy Johnson. Their period-correct, red SS-396 Chevelle is a beauty. Our Bike of the Month winner was Bob Wolf for his 2002 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle.

Special note; Butch Thompson brought what is likely the OLDEST car to ever attend one of our Cruiser shows. Butch trailered his 1914 Reo truck!

Butch left Granny Clampet back home to cook up some viddles!

Door Prizes were won by; Bob Forrester, Marcus & Joy Johnson’ Roy Supple, Alan Greiger, Marty Striegel, and Keith Lang.

Alan Greiger was our 50/50 Winner and pocketed $150!

Thanks to everyone that came to the show! – Scott, Pete, & Ron

PS – Our next Show will be June 10, 2023 at the Lake Placid American Legion on Rt. 27 in Lake Placid, Florida. The Show starts at 9 am and goes until 12 Noon. Burgers and dogs will be on the outside grill and the Legion’s bar will be open! See ya there!

New Show Hours Start This Saturday

We’re Starting One Hour Early This Saturday!

Greetings Cruisers! Just a short post to cover what’s shaping up to be a busy month!

This Saturday, May 13, 2023, we will start our daytime summer hours. Since it tends to get HOT around noon, we are starting and ending our show one hour earlier.

The new show time is 9 am to 12 noon.

This Saturday’s show will coincide with the procession of the remains of Second Lieutenant Pharis Weekley along Rt. 27 South while our Car & Bike show is in progress. Everyone that registers their car will get a 4” x 6” American flag.

Please take notice of the commemorative patch to the right. These patches will be available inside the Legion during the show for just $5! –>>

We also encourage everyone to bring their American flags. It’s the least we can do.

And lastly, the Lake Placid Dunkin Donuts store will be supplying four boxes of donuts and two cartons of coffee! Everyone LOVES Dunkin!

Ready to Tie On the Old Feed Bag With Us?

GC Grillhouse has been a very generous sponsor of Lake Country Cruisers. So, let’s return their generosity by having a big Meet’n Eat on Thursday, May 18 from 2:30 to 4:30. GC Grillhouse is 1/4-mile south of the second traffic light at the intersection of Rt. 27 and Interlake Blvd. In Lake Placid. We’ll be in time for their daily Lunch Specials!

Please RSVP by May 16, 2023. You can email me at... Continue reading “New Show Hours Start This Saturday”