After going to Naval Station Norfolk to send a bus load of sailors off on their IA, the riders took a ride out to Valentines Virginia to send off some Valentine Cards. Was a great day for a ride. It started off a little chilly (34 degrees) but turned out to be a beautiful Saturday for a ride. We stopped for lunch in Emporia, VA at Carolina BBQ and then stopped at VFW Post 4411 in Franklin, VA for a little R & R.
Wreaths Across America at Hampton National Cemetery Phoebus Addition
VFW Riders, American Legion Riders and the Newport News Sheriff's department with a few other volunteers placed 1000 wreaths at the Phoebus addition of the Hampton National Cemetery while a number of folks were placing wreaths at the main Hampton National Cemetery across I64.
The riders donated funds to Boy Scout Troop 31, the Moatmonsters of Ft Monroe in Hampton, VA. The troop makes up and gives Christmas Stockings to the spinal chord ward at the Hampton Veterans Hospital every year. Our donation will help them purchase items to be put in the stockings. The troop meets in the Casemate Chapel within the old fort. It was a very cool experience to go inside the Casemate and present the troop with our donation. We did this in conjunction with VFW Post 3160 from Ocean View and American Legion Post 25 Riders from Newport News. The troop presented each organization with a framed letter of appreciation for our donations.
VFW Riders donating $ to the Local Wreaths Across America folks at the Hampton Veterans Cemetery.
VFW Riders Virginia along with END 22 had the pleasure of supporting a young man who lost his father to PTSD by attending his Little League game. After the game, we escorted him and his mother to dinner. We hope this is the beginning of a long friendship.
While we don't post photo's every time we do an IA (Individual Augmentee) at Naval Station Norfolk, we do go and stand a flag line for these sailors leaving home to serve their country. It is an honor to see these sailors off as they leave for who knows where. Seeing the smile on their faces as they pass through our flag line makes getting up very early on a Saturday morning worth it. We thank them for their service and to come home safe.
Many of us VFW Riders are also American Legion Riders. Many of us were involved with the Vietnam Revisited and helped bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Newport News. We were involved with the escort of the Wall into Newport News to the War Museum. We also attended the candle light vigil at the Vietnam War Memorial. Many of us volunteered to do different things over the weekend the wall was in Newport News such as standing security at the Wall and also helped people find loved ones on the wall at the welcome center. It was an honor to be a part of this great event.
We were asked by Team Joey to help run their poker run to raise money for a local young boy who is fighting cancer. Langley Speedway opened the track up to the cause where they had numerous events to help raise funding for Joey and his family.
Riders night at Langley Speedway in Hampton, Virginia.
We are all about donating to worthy causes, especially when they help Veterans. We raised money by having a dance at this years VFW State Convention. We gave just over $600 to our local Honor Flight and End 22. They were extremely appreciative of our donation. We also donated to our local USO to help them in the Norfolk International Airport.
2017 VFW National Convention New Orleans Louisiana
7 bikes, one truck and 9 riders made our way to NOLA to attend the 118th VFW National Convention. We spent two days riding down and two days for the return trip. We traveled over 2000 miles all together through 8 states. While in NOLA, we participated in the annual Vader Clute Memorial Ride. The ride is in memory of Howard E. Vander Clute, Jr. (Commander-in-Chief 1979-80, Adjutant General 1981-1995). All of the net proceeds of the ride will be donated to VFW National Military Services to benefit those in uniform and their families. VFW Riders from across the nation donated over $28,000, $15,000 of which came from the VFW Riders of Virginia. We are very proud of the fact that we raised over half of the funds this year. We worked hard all year fund raising to donate as much as we could. Below are some photos of our trip.
VFW Riders Virginia participated in a police escorted ride of almost 300 bikes along with a Jeep club and some cages. We escorted two tractor trailers of material that will be built into the Navy Seal Monument at the water front in Virginia Beach. After the escort we had lunch at Jakes BBQ. Awesome day!!!
Tidewater Motorcycle sponsored a Chili Dog Social fundraiser for us. This was the third time they allowed us to come raise money for our Vader Clute Fund. Special Thanks to Tidewater Motorcycles.
Some VFW Riders Virginia joined in with VFW Post 3160 to place flags on the graves of American Hero's at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk VA on Memorial Day.
VFW Riders Virginia went to Quantico National Cemetery over Memorial Day weekend and placed over 1000 flags on the graves of American Hero's. We then traveled into D.C. and went to Thunder Alley and the Vietnam Wall. Some braved the weather and did the Rolling Thunder ride on Sunday. We also had the opportunity to meet a Pear Harbor survivor while in D.C..
Flag Retirement Ceremony
Some of us riders attended the Flag Retirement Ceremony at Post 3160.
VFW Riders Virginia escorted WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans from Virginia Beach to Williamsburg where we met up with American Legion Riders who we joined with to escort the Veterans up to the Marine Corp's Museum. Representative Rob Wittman spoke to the Vet's while in Williamsburg and thanked them for their service. Once at the Marine Corp's Museum, the Virginia State Police took over the escort and took the Veterans into DC to see their monuments. It was an honor for the riders to ride escort for these national hero's.
VFW Riders Virginia, along with numerous other bike groups escorted the Wall That Heals to Nauticus in Norfolk VA. The Riders are very proud to have the honor of participating this escort.
VFW Riders Virginia had our Poker Run on April 8th. Our mission was to raise money for our Vader Clute Ride in July that will take place at the VFW National Convention. We will be riding down to New Orleans to present our donation. The Poker Run is one of our major fund raisers for the year. We were able to raise thousands of dollars for our Nations Veterans.
VFW Riders Virginia attended American Legion Post 144's Blessing of the Bikes in Sandston, Virginia. The post had a great breakfast for all and a very good showing for the blessing.
The March Rider dinner was at VFW Post 392 in Virginia Beach. They had an awesome prime rib dinner.
Riders went down to Elizabeth City, NC to VFW Post 6060 to support their Oyster Roast. We promoted out poke run and sold raffle tickets.
VFW Riders Virginia sold tickets and advertised for our up coming poker run at Green Devil Garage's car and bike show.
A few riders spent the morning recruiting for the VFW at the local Walmart. 5 veterans joined as life members, one of which wants to be a rider.
VFW Riders Virginia participated in the 50th Annual Ocean View St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Norfolk. The VFW’s Virginia State Commander along with some WWII Veterans and VFW Members from across the state marched in the parade as well. Many of us also helped VFW Post 3160 with their annual St. Patrick’s Day party after the parade. A good time was had by all.
VFW Riders Virginia hosted the first Chili Dog Social of the year at Tidewater Motorcycles Inc in Suffolk, VA. We are raising money for our Vander Clute Ride in July that will take place at the VFW National Convention in New Orleans. We were also advertising for our poker run on April 8th. All of the money we raise will go to veterans and their families.
VFW Riders Virginia out for a ride to pay Gale Force Guns for the LCP 380 we are raffling off to raise money for the Vader Clute Ride. We stopped at Barry's Walnut Island Resturaunt for a cold one while in NC.
VFW Riders Virginia visiting VFW Post 6060 in Elizabeth City NC
Out for a ride and promoting the Poker Run. The Patriot Pub served a nice lunch.
VFW Riders sent two bus loads of sailers off on their Individual Augmentee (IA) on a cold March morning. It is always an honor to stand a flag line for America's hero's as they leave home.
Some of us Riders were honored to ride with a number of other groups for Hal LeFreniere. Hal was a Navy Vietnam Veteran and VFW Member. He will be missed. It was obvious at his service that he was loved by many. There were numerous motorcycle clubs and riding groups represented as well as the VFW and American Legion.
February's monthly meeting included a visit from Liz, with Tom McGrath's Motorcycle Law Group. She came to talk to us about motorcycle insurance and the do's and don't after an accident. Her presentation was very informative and we appreciate her coming to talk to us.
VFW Riders monthly dinner at Azalea Inn on January 26th.
The VFW Riders of Virginia have a wheel chair ramp that we donate to those who need it. It has been moved from home to home to help those who need it. On January 21st, 2017, we took it to the home of a Vietnam Veteran who is in need of it. We hope it serves him and his family well. He was not able to be there when we delivered it due to a medical procedure. We hope he likes it.
A few of us Riders attended the 24th Annual Christmas Eve Candle Light Remembrance Ceremony at the Vietnam War Monument in Huntington Park in Newport News, VA.
VFW Riders Virginia along with American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard Riders laying Wreaths at the Hampton Veterans Cemetary on 12/17/16.
The VFW Riders of Virginia helped VFW Post 3160 serve dinner and provide a Christmas party for two bus loads of Veterans from the Hampton VA Hospital on December 4th. One veteran who is wheelchair bound told our clown Peggy that he has not had a reason to smile for 63 years, but he smiled today and was glad he came. That is why we do what we do. Santa even made an apperance and handed out gifts to the Veterans. It is all about the VETs.....
VFW Riders Virginia's 2016 Christmas Party on December 3rd at VFW Post 3160. The riders were lucky enough to also celebrate Mr. Normans 96th birthday. He is a WWII Veteran and Honorary VFW Rider of Virginia.
VFW Riders Virginia support VFW Post 3219 at the Poquoson Holiday parade on December 2nd, handing out hot chocolate.
VFW Riders of Virginia were honored to help VFW Post 3160 serve a Thanksgiving meal to the VAQ-131 Lancers, here from NAS Whidbey Island over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It was our honor and privilege to serve a nice meal to these hero's.
VFW Riders of Virginia joined the American Legion Riders at Huntington Park in Newport News on Veterans day for a veterans ceremony.
VFW Riders of Virginia joined in with the American Legion Riders for a Veterans Ceremony at the Victory Arch in Newport News.
VFW Riders supported the American Legion Riders in Colonial Beach VA, Post 148 by attending the Installation of a brand new ALR Chapter. It was a nice 250 mile ride up and back through the country. A bonus was the beautiful fall foliage along the way.
Riders donated $ to End 22 during November's monthly meeting. Chico was happy to receive some money to help veterans.
VFW Riders at Naval Station Norfolk sending off two bus loads of Navy IA's on their way to the tip of the spear. Thanks for your service!
Memorial Service for Big John Coons at VFW Post 3219 in Phoebus VA
Riders at VFW Post 3160's 3rd annual Pig Picking
VFW Riders donating $ to VFW Post 6060's Auxilary for their Wreath's Across America effort for 2016.
Riders Breakfast at Post 3160
Fall 2017 Honor Flight. VFW Riders along with American Legion Riders escorted WWII and Korean War Veterans from Virginia Beach and Williamsburg to the National Museum of the Marine Corp. The Veterans were escorted from there to the National Mall and their respective memorial by the Virginia State Police. Virginia Congressman, Rob Wittman addressed the VET's in Williamsburg. It was a 370+ mile trip for some of the riders.
Colonial Beach Bike Festival with special guest Hurricane Matthew and Foghat. We were lucky enough to meet the band at American Legion Post 148 after the show.
Trike's 2nd Annual Poker Run
POW/MIA Ceremony at The Flame of Hope near NAS Oceana
End 22 Poker Run
VFW Riders Virginia did a Burger Night to raise money at VFW Post 3160
Ferry ride across the James River to Surry Seafood Co. - Sep 2016
Individual Augmentee (IA) July 30th, 2016
117TH VFW NATIONAL CONVENTION in Charlotte NC
VFW Riders Vander Clute Memorial Ride
Tail of the Dragon - July 2016, NC
Stayed at Simple Life Campground.www.thesimplelifecampground.com