Motorcyclists invited to escort veterans


SIDNEY – All interested motorcyclists are encouraged to gather at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Friday morning, Sept. 18, by 8 a.m. to escort a group of departing veterans on the Shelby County Veterans to Washington, D.C. Committee’s 11th trip to our nation’s capital. There the veterans will see their memorials for the first time. Lined up to go on the Sept. 18 three-day trip are two World War II, five Korean War and 31 Vietnam/Vietnam era veterans. As in the previous 10 trips, going back to the first in May 2009, the trip is free for the veterans.

The trip departs the Shelby County Fairgrounds that Friday morning, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m. sharp, returning Sunday afternoon, Sept. 20. As in the Committee’s previous ten trips, this year’s departing motorcade of two motor coaches and vehicles traveling to Washington, DC will be escorted through Sidney and south on I-75 with motorcycles leading the charge. The sanctioned escort will pull off at Vandalia waving the Veterans on. The trip last September was escorted by over 100 motorcycles. Many more that can join us are welcomed to participate in this next worthwhile effort Sept. 18.

Motorcyclists for the Sept. 18 departure should be lined up by 7:30 a.m. next to the Shelby County Emergency Management (EMA) building/garage located at 800 Fair Road, adjacent to the Shelby County fairgrounds. Volunteers there will line up the riders into two squads; one for each departing motor coach. Shortly after 7:30 a.m., assembled veterans, caregivers and volunteers will board the two motor coaches parked inside the EMA garage. Their departure will be at 8 a.m. sharp.

The departure route will pass through Sidney and southbound on I-75. The sanctioned ride is to Vandalia’s Exit 63 (Route 40) where remaining motorcyclists will take the exit and wave the veterans on to Washington. Riders can choose to peel off at any of the previous I-75 exits. Riders are dismissed once they pull off I-75.

If there are any questions, please contact me at shelbycountyvets2dc@yahoo.com. Thank you for your consideration and support of our veterans.

Neil Allen

Publicity Chairman

Shelby County Vets to DC Committee