Grand Chute, Wis. (WBAY)- A 101 year old World War II Veteran living in Grand Chute had a big wish granted Friday night.
He wanted to ride a Harley.
Mike Minischmidt— isn’t quite ready to give up riding a Harley, which is why he was the star of an event to raise money for Alzheimer’s research held at Brookdale Senior Living Center in Grand Chute.
“He started riding when he was 60 years old but he rode for many many years, and when I said to him Mike, what do you think about going for a sidecar ride? He just beamed. So I think he’s very excited about it, he didn’t hesitate at all,” said Kim Patterson of the Brookdale Senior Living Center.
Minischmidt was given a chance to ride in a sidecar— alongside the President of Appleton Harley-Davidson Josh Doughty. .
The two were then escorted by the Patriotic Guard.
Doughty said,”People have long and fulfilling lives and this is just a good way to make sure they can continue doing that even though they’re in a retirement home.”
Minischmidt spent 21 years in the Army, five of which serving in Europe during World War II.
“I decided after five years to make it a career. So, went back in, put another five years in the occupation, and then Alaska, Japan, Okinawa,” said Minischmidt.
The opportunity wasn’t something Minischmidt says, he ever expected.