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Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  Do you know the difference?  Memorial Day is a day for remembering and honoring those who died serving their country.  On Veterans Day we thank and honor those who served in the military.

I’m grateful to our Veterans who served in the military and made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom.  On November 11th the city of Albany, OR holds a Veterans Day Parade which is one of the largest west of the Mississippi River.  Members of the OVMA and Hub City ABATE are helping coordinate various motorcycle groups that plan to ride in the event.  It’s an open event for all motorcycle riders, however, due to the large number of riders any individual groups should register so the coordinators can plan accordingly. 

Albany, OR

Albany, OR

If you’re a solo rider then it’s suggested that you join/stage with other groups or visit the OMRF site and determine the best method of participation.

For those who plan to arrive early in Albany there are a couple of waiting area choices:

  1. United Freedom Riders (UFR) will host coffee and donuts at Ted and Rhonda’s house (next to the Albany H-D dealership) starting at 8:00am.
  2. Hub City ABATE and others are planning to meet at: the Front Street Bar and Grill (2300 Front Ave NE) who will be serving a $5 biscuit/gravy and coffee breakfast for all the riders. (See Map)
  3. Or, you can go straight to the staging area under the overpass to downtown (See Map).

Do you know a Veteran?  Maybe it’s your mother, father, sister, brother cousin or a teacher.  You can be very proud of them as many have given much to keep us safe and free.  Of the 25 million living veterans, most (75%) served during a war or an official period of hostility. More information on Veterans can be obtained at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or see how the White House honors Veterans.

Have you thanked a veteran today?

UPDATE: November 14, 2008 – more than 40,000 spectators and participants attended the Albany Veterans Parade.  See photos, video and report by Tim King (Salem News) HERE.

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Calling all motorcycle riders to the Oregon Riders internet forum.

If you’re unfamiliar with an internet forum, or message board – its a bulletin board system in the form of a discussion site.  From a technology viewpoint, forums or “boards” are web applications managing user-generated content.  They allow anonymous visitors to view the contents, but registering (an easy less than 5-minute process) allows users to submit topics for discussion (known as threads) and communicate with each other using publicly visible messages (referred to as posts) or private messaging.

In an effort to reach out to a broader set of riders across the state, Don Mason (Coordinator, Hub City ABATE Chapter) has created a new concept called the Oregon Riders forum.  He’s running this site simply for his interests in motorcycling and it’s separate from ABATE.  Thanks Don for your support and a quick shout-out to “Windy Joe” for illuminating the site.

This forum was created to do several things:

  1. To give riders in Oregon a single place to get information and share their love of riding and the bike lifestyle.
  2. To provide a place for real-time discussion and collaboration for MRO’s and other groups throughout the state.
  3. To provide a place for MRO’s and other riding groups to announce and find what is going on for riders in the Northwest.

This forum is for ALL riders and is not affiliated with, influenced by, or run by, any specific organization.

The intent is to build and hopefully have a thriving forum… a “hangout” if you will for Oregon riders who are involved, talking to each other, and getting together for rides, events and legislative issues.  There are a lot of riders in Oregon and it would be cool to see large numbers of people “virtually” gathering.

Check it out, register and join the discussion.  See you on the “boards.”

Photo courtesy Oregon Riders web site.

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