Petaluman Victor Vaz joined the 25th Run for the Wall last May after a friend invited him. About 1,500 participating motorcyclists take to the highway to ride from California to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., to honor fallen or missing-in-action soldiers and to promote healing among veterans and their families.
Vaz was a one-time Elvis impersonator and skydiver said he’s been riding motorcycles ever since he was young. He’s no stranger to adventures but his ride to Washington in honor of veterans, was different — and better — than all the rest.
Some motorcyclists got into accidents along the way and were cared for by medical personnel that accompanied the caravan since the group had to keep riding and couldn’t stop to help.
For Vaz, arriving in the nation’s capitol was the pinnacle of the entire experience. A picture taken at the time shows him overcome with emotion.
“The event, educating people about (soldiers missing in action) definitely opened my eyes,” he said. “I’d never been to the wall, and it reached into your soul, brought out feelings I never knew I had.”
DOVER, Delaware— Current and retired police gathered for the Wall to Wall Memorial Ride at Legislative Mall last Saturday morning. At around 9:30 a.m., the motorcycle riders left the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial, where the names of the state’s fallen police officers are etched in stone.
Three hours later, they arrive at the National Law Enforcement Memorial at Judiciary Square in Washington where more names were written. The ride is meant to draw attention to the memorial and raise funds for maintenance. Half the ride’s proceeds will support the monument; the rest are given to the state chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, or COPS who help rebuild the lives of families of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. The organization’s programs include retreats, counseling, scholarships, and kids’ camps.
The ride’s sponsors included Dunkin Donuts, Walmart, the Delaware Police Chiefs’ Foundation, and J. R. Gettier and Associates.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — This June 2, 2013, the fifth annual Lt. Chuck Margiotta FDNY Memorial Brains Brawn Bravery Motorcycle event will take place. This event will serve as a fundraiser for a scholarship fund in honor of Chuck Margiotta, a firefighter who gave his life on 9/11.
Mike Margiotta, his brother, is the family member behind the Lt. Chuck Margiotta, FDNY, Brains, Brawn, Bravery Motorcycle event held every year in early June. The event is a day-long celebration which combines friends, food and fun with Chuck’s and Mike’s love for motorcycles and his buddies in the Rolling Thunder riding club.
This year’smotorcycle run is scheduled in June 2, which will begin at Farrell (2900 Amboy Rd. in Oakwood). The registration will start from 10 a.m. until noon. The ride concludes back at Farrell where the food, beverages and classic rock and roll music will go on for many hours.
The cost for the activities is $20 for riders (passengers ride for free) and all proceeds (donations are welcome and accepted) go toward the Chuck Margiotta Scholarship Fund. This money will support a full four-year scholarship to a student/athlete who wants to attend Farrell, but needs the financial support to do so.
Margiotta said the event could not thrive without the various donations and services provided by businesses from all over Staten Island as well as New Jersey.
For those seeking more information about the event or the scholarship, visit www.ChuckMargiottaScholarshipFund.com. You can also email Mike at email@example.com or call 718-698-9494.