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Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Support Our Troops Day--May 31, 2008

Events, Veterans

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas are declaring Saturday, May 31, 2008 “Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties Support Our Troops Day”.

Two events to remember our troops from the past and present will be held that day---

The first event is the 2008 Ride for the Wheelchair Games, a motorcycle rally to raise awareness and funds to send Wisconsin paralyzed veterans to the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Omaha, Nebraska.*    This year's motorcycle procession will pass veterans memorials and military sites throughout Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. It is scheduled to pass New Berlin’s Memorial (located on National Ave. and Casper) on May 31 in the morning. ( approx. 10:25)

Ride itinerary:

  • 8:00-9:15 am  Check-in at House of Harley-Davidson (6221 W. Layton Ave.)
  • 9:15 am  Ride to VA Medical Center for Parade on VA grounds
  • 10 am  Ride to Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro and places that honor veterans
  • 3 pm  Leave Bartolotta’s
  • 3:30 pm  Arrive at Reclaiming Our Heritage on VA grounds (optional)

The cost: $30 per single rider; $50 per couple

Pre-registration is required for the Ride. Only 100 bikes will be allowed. To pre-register, call 414 328-8910. For more information (or to view a video of previous Rides) contact the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) at www.wisconsinpva.org/events .

* The National Veterans Wheelchair Games is advertised as the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world. It is a multi-event sports and rehabilitation program for military service veterans who use wheelchairs for sports competition due to spinal cord injuries, amputations, or certain neurological problems. For more information about it click on the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs web site.

The second event is Reclaiming Our Heritage.  Admission is free to this living history event. There will be encampments from all the major military eras in U.S. history (from pre-Revolutionary War colonial militia up to the present era). This special event, which is located on the VA grounds (5000 W. National Ave.), honors veterans and educates the public about our veterans’ contributions and sacrifices. For more information about it and the many other family activities planned for the Reclaiming Our Heritage weekend, such as the Positively Patriotic Parade, click here.

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