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07/22/2017
8:15 am to 6:00 pm

Poker Run where all proceeds go to the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund for children of Fallen Warriors since 09/11/01

07/23/2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

The mission of the Epic Ride for Dignity and Remembrance is to raise money for the continued development of the California Central Coast Veterans Cemetery (CCCVC).  In particular, it is to fund a robust Phase Two which will include in-ground burial for those Veterans who desire it or whose faith or culture requires it.

After a quarter century of planning, designing, lobbying, determination and hard work; the CCCVC opened in October of 2016 on the property of the former Ft. Ord, to the acclaim and relief of Veterans and their families along the Central Coast.  Many families who had been holding their loved ones’ cremated remains in other locations began the transfer and inurnment of their family members.  As many as five or six Veterans every day have been brought to their final resting place in the newly constructed columbaria there.

Now the time has come to provide this vital service to those Veterans and their families who are required by their dearly held beliefs to lay their deceased loved ones to rest in an in-ground grave. No person who has served our country should be denied the dignity and honor of a military funeral nearby to loved ones, who desire to visit these final resting places on holidays and other special occasions. Our contract with our Veterans dictates that we expand the CCCVC to include this in-ground burial service.

However, like so many important aspects of living up to our communal obligations to Veterans, this takes financial resources to implement.  Funds are scarce and the clock is running.  Steps are being taken to find additional monies, and many concerned individuals and groups are stepping up to do their part.

One such group is the American Legion Riders – in particular, Chapter 31 from Post 31 in Salinas. CA.  Alternatively known as the “Black Sheep”, three of their members will embark on a 10,000 mile, month-long, cross-country motorcycle ride this Fall to raise awareness and money to help move to this important next step.

To that end the Epic Ride for Dignity and Remembrance is asking the local community, supporters of Veterans and their families, alumni of the former Fort Ord and all others who see the value and significance of this venture to donate to this noble cause and assist these riders in their quest. 

WE WILL START EACH DAY'S RIDE AT THESE LOCATIONS: 

04 SALINAS (START OF RIDE)

05 SEP NEEDLES, CA

06 SEP FLAGSTAFF, AZ

07 SEP ALBUQUERQUE, NM

08 SEP LUBBOCK, TX

09 SEP DALLAS, TX

10 SEP NATCHEZ, MS

11 SEP TUPELO, MS

12 SEP NASHVILLE, TN

13 SEP ASHEVILLE, NC

14 SEP ROANOKE, VA

15, 16 & 17 SEP WASHINGTON, DC

18 SEP CORNWALL-ON-HUDSON, NY

19 SEP LINCOLN, NH

20, 21 & 22 SEP BAR HARBOR, ME

23 & 24 SEP SCARBOROUGH, ME

25 SEP SARATOGA SPGS, NY

26 SEP BUFFALO, NY

27 SEP CANTON, OH

28 SEP INDIANAPOLIS, IN

29 SEP MARSEILLES, IL

30 SEP DES MOINES, IA

01 SEP SALINA, KS

02 OCT COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

03 OCT GRAND JUNCTION, CO

04 OCT KANAB, UT

05 OCT LAS VEGAS, NV

06 OCT BUTTONWILLOW, CA

06 OCT SALINAS, CA (END OF RIDE)

DATES AND STOPS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES.
And be sure to check the Epic Ride 2017 Facebook page for a full list of all the daily routes.

https://www.epicride2017.org/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/EpicRide2017/events/


07/08/2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

ALL VEHICLES WELCOME!!

Vendors and food (served from 12-2:00 raffle 2:00) Registration 9-11:00 $20/$30 2-up includes lunch Biscuit & Gravy $3.00 while it lasts

High/Low hands 

50/50

Biker games, Slow race, Biker Balloon Toss

Post 119 American Legion Hall 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville, CA Sat. 7/08/2017

 Special 55” TV Raffle

 

 

          I read an interesting article this morning on what some of the younger generation are looking for with regards to choice of motorcycle styles.  

          The article was on the Revzilla site (the link to the article is at the bottom of this e-mail), and says that the Scramblers and retro style bikes are gaining a significant amount of popularity with the younger generation of bikers.  They use the term hipster millenials, but I think this really reaches further than that particular demographic.

Scrambler

          I know that my 22 year old son (who is in the SAL, and is definitely not a hipster millennial) has no interest in the bigger cruisers, and is looking at the retro style bike as his first ride.  About a month ago I went with him to a dealer who sold all types and brands of bikes, and the place was packed with young people looking at sport and retro bikes.  And just recently I went with a friend to a HD dealer to get his bike serviced, and the place was a ghost town.   That by itself tells me there might be something to what this author is saying.  

          This is something to definitely consider while you and your Chapter are working on recruiting new members.   How open and accepting is your Chapter to different style of bikes and riders?  If these riders don't feel welcome, you could be missing out on a whole new generation of riders (Vets, Auxiliary and Sons).  

          Now that better riding weather is coming, you will see more and more "Bike Nights" taking place.  I would recommend visiting a couple to get a feel for what the younger generation of riders want, and what they are looking for in a ride organization.  

          While what we do as the nation's largest veterans service organization will not change ... we as an organization must be constantly evolving with how we recruit, and looking at how we can make these younger riders welcome.  They must understand that they are just as important to helping us meet our mission, regardless of the type of bike they ride.  

Read the article here: How younger riders, Scramblers and Retro style bikes can save motorcycling in the U.S.

 

Respectfully,
Randy Brenneman
Vice President
American Legion Riders
Department of California
(559) 285-8513


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Vendors and food (served from 12-2:00 raffle 2:00) Registration 9-11:00 $20/$30 2-up includes lunch Biscuit & Gravy $3.00 while it lasts

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50/50

Biker games, Slow race, Biker Balloon Toss

Post 119 American Legion Hall 4561 Greenstone Rd., Placerville, CA Sat. 7/08/2017

 Special 55” TV Raffle

 

 


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