My name is Judy Hoffman, I am a co-coordinator along with Kathy Nix, and Tanya Kramer for the 1st national Freedom Ride in Oregon. Tanya Kramer and I are the ones who put on the Oregon Veterans Tribute back in July 14th 2009. Oregon Veterans Tribute was a huge success due to all the volunteers who helped us with the event, and the public who came to honor our Veterans and troops currently serving.
Oregon will be participating in the 1st National Freedom Ride. The Freedom Ride will start at Columbia Harley Davidson in Vancouver, Washington to in-corporate the whole Veterans Hwy I-205, that runs both Washington and Oregon. A big thank you goes to Jason and his employee's for letting us start this Freedom Ride in his store front parking lot. Ride will end at the Linn County Veterans Memorial in Albany Oregon
A small ceremony will commence at the Linn County Veteran's Memorial when all riders are in. Dinner to follow at the American Legion Post 10, when ceremony is done, then head down Hwy 20 to 99E to get to the American Legion Post 10. SAL (Sons of the American Legion) are sponsoring and serving dinner for this event. Dinner will be all you can eat buffet and a salad bar. Dinner is $10:00 per person, starts at 5:00pm. A great big thanks to SAL for hosting this dinner. Aprox. 500 motorcycles and cars will be in the run.
On the 15th day of May (Armed Forces Day), The 1st National Freedom Ride will happen. There are 37 States & 69 Coordinators are already in the process of forming their FreedomRide and more expected. We need this to spread Nation Wide, with a showing of support for all Armed Forces, our Troops the MIA, POW and all that still stand to Serve our Country. To many lives have repeatedly paid the price through the years of Battles and in War, by protecting our Security and giving us our Freedom. We may not agree with the reason or cause of these battles in which they fight, but it is vital that we stand proudly and show the Pride and Support we hold for all these Brave men and women, that have Served our Country and those that still Bravely stand to Serve. We must continue to hold Hope and wait for them to return home after the battle is fought. In joining the Freedom Ride, we will all present them with a showing of Support that they so rightly deserve to feel and see. Show Support by lining the streets, sidewalks, along the highways, or in the privacy of their own lawns to waves these Flags too with their own showing of Support All States involved and Patrons will Fly their Flags~that will wave with the Pride and Support they hold in their hearts for all and their family's.