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THE 2018 PHILADELPHIA VETERANS DAY PARADE

Post & Images by Jack McIntyre. Info provided by Mark Schultz.

It’s always Sunny in Philadelphia, right?  Well for this terrific parade it was. Being a former Marine, I was able to move in and about the parade talking with WWII Marine Vets. Wow, one Marine was at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943 and still in Asia for the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945. Just incredible, today’s youngsters couldn’t even imagine what that must have been like. Continue reading THE 2018 PHILADELPHIA VETERANS DAY PARADE

THE 2017 PHILADELPHIA VETERANS DAY PARADE

Post & Photos by Jack McIntyre.

Today was a special day for me. Being a former Marine, joining ten thousand of my Military brothers, especially bringing hundreds of Motorcycles into the mix, is right up my alley. We all gathered in Center City Philly , the weather called for morning rain, but God had other ideas in mind & sent us some sun & warmer winds as the hours passed by. It was a gathering that involved motorcycles obviously, but what aren’t in my images are the large groups of veteran’s organizations, prior military, marching bands, and more. I can only post just so many images, so please enjoy what I have shared and visit our great city, we do these types of events all the time, and because of that I love living in Philadelphia. For lot’s of details on this organization, please visit: http://www.phillyveteransparade.org/

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RIDING FOR WARRIORS 3ND ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE RIDE RAISES MORE THAN $17,000 DOLLARS

Air Force veteran raises money to grant A Warrior’s Wish for five wounded service members

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Photo Caption (Left to Right): Michael Nehlsen and Jeff Molesko at Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, Canada.

UNION, N.J. (Sept. 21, 2017) – The third annual Riding For Warriors recently wrapped its cross-country motorcycle journey raising more than $17,000 for Hope For The Warriors and its A Warrior’s Wish program and granting five wishes for deserving service members.

Celebrating 11 years of service, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family, and hope for veterans, service members and military families.

Through its first established program, A Warrior’s Wish, Hope For The Warriors fulfills a desire for a better quality of life or supports a quest for gratifying endeavors for those who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

For the third year, the ride was led by Air Force veteran Michael Nehlsen and sponsored by Union, New Jersey-based Hillmann Consulting. Again, joining Michael Nehlsen on the more than 2,000-mile New England and Nova Scotia journey was New Jersey-native, Jeff Molesko.

Surpassing their $15,000 goal, the duo funded a maple syrup evaporator for a New York-based Marine veteran turned farmer, workout equipment and bikes for a Virginia-based military family and camper rentals, providing three military families accommodating camping conditions.

Riding in honor of dear friend Kevin Devine, and strong military and veteran supporter, who passed away this August, Michael Nehlsen shares what this ride means to them.

“Jeff and I are honored and proud to be part of the A Warriors Wish program through Hope For the Warriors,” said Nehlsen. “We are forever grateful for the sacrifices these warriors have made for the freedoms we enjoy.”

In three years, the proceeds from Nehlsen’s annual ride have sponsored 14 wishes through A Warrior’s Wish totaling more than $91,000 providing wounded veterans with woodworking and farm equipment, family trips, a saw mill, a horse trailer, a bass boat, two road bicycles and more.

“We continue to be amazed and grateful for Michael and Jeff’s dedication and commitment to military members,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of Hope For The Warriors. “These two gentleman truly understand the service and sacrifice made by military members and their families and we’ll be forever appreciative of their support to the A Warrior’s Wish program.”

For more information on Hope For The Warriors or its A Warriors Wish program, visit hopeforthewarriors.org Facebook or Twitter.

About Hope For The Warriors: 

Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 168 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook or Twitter.

RETIRED AIR FORCE MEDIC SURPRISED WITH GIFT OF NEW HARLEY-DAVIDSON

San Antonio (September 20, 2017): Today at Cowboy’s Alamo City Harley-Davidson in San Antonio, retired Air Force medic, Lisa Benjamin, was honored with a Harley-Davidson Model Year 2018 Street Glide Special powered by the new Milwaukee Eight Engine. The surprise moment was part of MISSION: “THANK YOU” – a cross-country tour led by Adam Sandoval to celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom.

Lisa Benjamin enlisted after the 9/11 attacks and served as an Aeromedical Evacuation Medic in the Air Force. She was deployed in Iraq in 2003 – before she was even truly eligible to deploy she was sent as a replacement for an injured crew member where after only six months of training she stepped up and excelled. Serving more than eight years, she deployed to Iraq, Germany and flew rescue missions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

Every American can nominate a military member – past or present – who has dedicated their life to protecting our freedom by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage of service at MissionThankYou.com. A panel consisting of Adam Sandoval, Wounded Warrior Project representatives and Harley-Davidson leadership will select which seven other deserving military members will be honored with new motorcycles.

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VICTORY MOTORCYCLES’ “THANK A HERO” PROGRAM TO DONATE UP TO $100,000 FOR IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA

Victory to donate $100 to IAVA for every “Thank A Hero” note submitted on behalf of a U.S. military veteran or active service member

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1dMINNEAPOLIS — November 1, 2016Victory Motorcycles® is proud to launch the “Thank A Hero” program, which invites the public to thank a military veteran or active service member with a personalized note posted to the VictoryMotorcycles.com website.

Launching today, November 1, the beginning of Military Appreciation Month, the Thank A Hero program benefits Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), an organization committed to providing support and resources to the newest generation of U.S. military veterans.

For every note that’s submitted, Victory will donate $100 to IAVA on the hero’s behalf. Also, when people submit their Thank A Hero notes to their loved ones, they’ll have an option to share their “salute” on Facebook and Twitter.

“IAVA is proud of our partnership with Victory Motorcycles that’s helped us raise awareness for our community from Washington, D.C. to Sturgis, SD,” said Anthony Pike, IAVA Chief Programs Officer and USMC and Iraq War Veteran.  “Victory’s ‘Thank a Hero’ initiative will take that effort one step further and will help IAVA achieve its goal this Veterans Day of uniting Americans behind our veterans.  We cannot thank Victory Motorcycles enough for their continued dedication to the Post-9/11 generation of veterans and generosity that supports IAVA’s work on behalf of our over 400,000 members.”

The Thank A Hero program is one of the ways Victory Motorcycles and Victory riders and dealers are saluting military veterans and those currently serving. Additionally, on Saturday November 19, the public is invited to visit their local Victory Motorcycles dealer for a charity ride in honor of the IAVA. Any individuals who have served in the military, police, or fire department will receive $1,000 off the purchase of any new Victory heavyweight bike and $500 off the purchase of a new Victory Octane. Log on to http://www.victorymotorcycles.com/en-us/thank-a-hero for more information.

As a strategic partner of IAVA, Victory has provided financial support and resources to help IAVA raise awareness of veterans’ issues and the resources that IAVA provides. Scott Wine, Chairman and CEO of Victory’s parent company, Polaris, received the 2015 IAVA Civilian Leadership Award. And the Victory “Hero’s Metal” program provides military personnel and veterans, as well as police and fire personnel, with $1,000 off the price of a new Victory motorcycle ($500 off a new Octane).

Visit IAVA.org for more information about Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Learn more about Victory Motorcycles at VictoryMotorcycles.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA

Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is the first and largest organization for the more than 2.8 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. As the group’s website notes: “IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities.” For details about IAVA programs and how you can support IAVA or get involved, visit www.iava.org.

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ABOUT VICTORY MOTORCYCLES®

Victory Motorcycles designs, engineers, manufactures and markets a full line of cruisers, baggers and touring motorcycles. Every Victory model delivers industry-leading performance, comfort, style, storage and reliability. The first Victory was produced on the Fourth of July, 1998, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where every Victory motorcycle continues to be produced today. Information about Victory motorcycles, apparel and accessories is available at www.victorymotorcycles.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/VictoryMotorcycles

ABOUT POLARIS® INDUSTRIES

Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) is a global powersports leader with annual 2015 sales of $4.7 billion. Polaris fuels the passion of riders, workers and outdoor enthusiasts with our RANGER®, RZR® and POLARIS GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; our SPORTSMAN® and POLARIS ACE® all-terrain off-road vehicles; VICTORY® and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® midsize and heavyweight motorcycles; SLINGSHOT® moto-roadsters; and Polaris RMK®, INDY®, SWITCHBACK® and RUSH® snowmobiles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories sold under multiple recognizable brands, and has a growing presence in adjacent markets globally with products including military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. www.polaris.com