Veterans’ Memorial Ride means fun and awareness

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The eighth annual Veterans’ Memorial Ride in New Haven will show support for veterans and raise money to upgrade a veterans memorial.

The ride will depart from American Legion Post 330 at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 13. Riders will cover 40-plus miles and return to the post at 330 Entrance Drive, behind O’Daniel Ford, 631 W. Lincoln Highway.

“This ride will benefit renovations to Schnelker Park Veterans’ Memorial Park,” New Haven Mayor Terry E. McDonald said in a statement. “Various veterans’ organizations will be present and offer their services to military veterans. Commercial vendors will also be available to greet our many visitors and provide them with products and services. I am proud to be a part of this event once again.”

New Haven Parks Director Mike Clendenen said, “Proceeds of this ride will benefit the Schnelker Park Veterans’ Memorial in honor of all military veterans and those who serve this great country.”

A $10 donation will benefit the Schnelker memorial. Registration will begin at 11 a.m. at Post 330. The opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. will feature a salute to the military by the Legion Honor Guard and the singing of the national anthem. A motorcycle expo is scheduled from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The rain date for the Veterans’ Memorial Ride is Saturday, June 3.

The Legion will hold an open house from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., rain or shine. A breakfast buffet from 9 a.m.-noon is $7 per person. Backwater Band will entertain from 2-5 p.m. Admission is $7 per person, $2 for ages 10 and younger. Lunch will be served. Post 330 will serve baby back ribs from 5-9 p.m.

Shepherd’s House will be in attendance at the Veterans’ Memorial Ride. This organization provides professional assistance to veterans and their families obtaining benefits and services earned through military service provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other government agencies. For more information, visit their website at www.shepherdshouse.org.

The American Legion Auxiliary will be at the Legion during registration to sell poppies. Once a year, the American Legion Auxiliary seeks donations in exchange for poppies, the memorial flower of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. The poppy, a replica of the poppies that bloomed on the battlefields of France, is handmade by disabled veterans.

This event is sponsored by the American Legion Post 330, New Haven Print & Copy, the New Haven Mayor’s Office and the New Haven Parks Department.