Monday, May 7, 2012

Wounded Warrior Projects and Armed Forces Day

American Legion, Harley Davidson dealer are raising money for the great wounded soldiers.

We have heard that the American Legion Post No. 4 in Billings and Beartooth Harley-Davidson - Buell have teamed up to hold a motorcycle ride and concert later this month to benefit a program that helps injured military veterans and wounded warriors.

This fantastic event is known as the Freedom Ride and Freedom Jam. The event begins at 1 p.m. May 19 known as Armed Forces Day. This Wounded Warriors event will be held at Beartooth Harley, 6900 S. Frontage Road in Montana. The event will raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. These are the real Heroes. Certain Politicians and Left Wing Commentators have trashed these great heroes yet try and use them for Political purposes.

“It’s for a very important cause,” said one of the event’s organizers, Maria Rivera, who is the American Legion post’s director of club operations. “It’s important to recognize them no just one day, but every day. You can make the best of it by helping your fellow veterans.” These Proud Wounded Warriors are most deserving of our support.

The day begins with a ride from Billings to the Harley dealership in Red Lodge for refreshments. Afterward, the group will ride back and stop for a short time of reflection before parading back into town.

It will continue at the Legion post, 1540 Broadwater Ave., where John Buck and Reckless will perform and the groups will provide dinner.

Collette Haun, Beartooth’s marketing and events director, is helping organize the event and has a son serving in the U.S. Army. She said he has two friends who’ve died and numerous others who’ve been injured.

“When you meet these guys and you see what they’ve given and what they’ve given up, how it affects families, if there’s anything we can do to help, we’re going to step up,” she said.

The fine Americans, Haun and Rivera both said the ultimate goal is to raise awareness for programs like the Wounded Warrior Project and for service members.

The benefit is open to the public. Tickets cost $30 per rider and $10 per passenger. For those wishing to just attend the concert, tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door.

For more information or to volunteer, please call Rivera at 406-656-1510 or contact Collette Haun at 406-252-2888.

6900 S Frontage Rd Billings, MT 59101

Armed Forces Day History

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Days. The single-day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under one department -- the Department of Defense. Each of the military leagues and orders was asked to drop sponsorship of its specific service day in order to celebrate the newly announced Armed Forces Day. The Army, Navy and Air Force leagues adopted the newly formed day. The Marine Corps League declined to drop support for Marine Corps Day but supports Armed Forces Day, too.

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