Progress is measured in big and small ways every day. A formative step towards the equality of Women in America was the passage of the 19th amendment of the US constitution allowing American women equal vote in fair and free elections. Progress continues on to this day and will be celebrated in August of 2020 with the Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride. This cross-country ride is dedicated to all women who have fought for equality in the voting booth, in business and in life. Continue reading Suffragettes Centennial Motorcycle Ride Announced for August 2020
Air Force veteran raises money to grant A Warrior’s Wish for five wounded service members
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.”
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.
Rockford, MI – July 27, 2017 – The 2017 Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis is kicking off, taking more than a dozen veterans on the ride of a lifetime halfway across the country from Los Angeles to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Bates Footwear, the Official Footwear of the Ride, has equipped participants with their Freedom and Bomber motorcycle boots to accompany riders on their journey.
The 9-day ride departs from Sun Valley, CA and takes veterans through some of the most beautiful parts of the country, with extensive riding through the many National Parks of Utah and over the Rocky Mountains. Along the way, riders will don their American-made Bates motorcycle boots as they make their way to the nation’s largest motorcycle rally.
On Saturday, August 5th, the group will arrive in South Dakota and make a ceremonial grand entrance into the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Participants will then enjoy all that the event has to offer, including an appearance on stage at the famous Buffalo Chip, riding in the Black Hills, and more.
The Ride to Sturgis is just one of the ways in which Veterans Charity Ride supports wounded and severely injured veterans from all branches of service. The non-profit organization uses motorcycle therapy and other life-changing programs to provide uplifting and healing experiences for these veterans, and Bates Footwear is proud to support their efforts.
You can follow along with the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis on social media by following #veteransride and #batesvcr. Learn more about the Veterans Charity Ride at www.VeteransCharityRide.org.
Check out the American-made Bates Freedom and Bomber motorcycle boots that the veterans will be wearing at www.BatesFootwear.com, and follow Bates Footwear on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
About Bates Footwear
Founded in 1885, Bates is one of the largest suppliers of footwear to the U.S. federal government and Department of Defense, providing men and women in uniform with everything from dress shoes to tactical boots. Built on a rich tradition of quality craftsmanship, Bates has applied the brand’s dedication to market-leading innovations to offer a new choice in motorcycle footwear. Learn more at www.batesfootwear.com.
It’s a distinction of the utmost importance: Rolling Thunder is not a parade or a rally; it’s a demonstration, as in protest demonstration. It’s a mass gathering of like-minded people in support of a cause.
The cause is the identification and return of POW/MIA military personnel from all U.S. conflicts. Yes, Rolling Thunder began in support of Viet Nam-era service members but over its 30 consecutive years it has expanded to encompass all U.S. military actions, and that’s appropriate.
Thousands of bikers have supported this cause by riding to our nation’s capitol each Memorial Day. Some riders join Ride To Rolling Thunder groups organized from various locations around the country to converge on Washington D.C. for this annual event. Even more supporters ride direct from their homes, on their own, in pairs, or in small groups.
Harley-Davidson of Washington D.C. hosts riders all weekend at their Ft. Washington, MD, store. Solemn gatherings—such as the candlelight vigil honoring Gold Star Families at the Viet Nam Memorial Wall—lead up to Sunday’s show of solidarity. Riders stage in the Pentagon’s north lot starting before 6 a.m. that day and bikes spill over into the south lot, too, by the time all are gathered.
At noon on Sunday, it was kickstands up as riders headed across the Arlington Memorial Bridge into Washington D.C., then ran the length of Constitution Avenue before looping back to park near the Lincoln Memorial. The column of bikes lasted for hours and stalwart spectators stayed the course, lining the route to cheer on the riders—flags and hands waving, posters held high offering thanks to veterans.
This year, rain dampened the riders but not their enthusiasm – and not the heartfelt message of Admiral James Lyons when he spoke through “liquid sunshine” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
For riders, there’s no describing the feeling of taking part in this event. For some riders it’s a bucket list item; for others it’s an annual pilgrimage. For all it’s an impactful time, giving meaning to platitudes and putting meat on the bones of a concept, making it real. Our missing military members are not numbers, they are sons, daughters, spouses; people. People who need all of us to continue to promote their cause.