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  • in reply to: Is the RA going to have an election this year #63723

    vetbmwrider
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    So the question has been answered. Now the next question did the RA BOT forget that there was election because after I posted the question if the RA was going to have an election. The very next day, I get an email from the Chartered Club Coordinator notify clubs of an election. I have a response from the RA President and the information is on the website. The problem now is the day all this information is posted on the RA website is the same day that the election commences and nominees now have 30 day to respond if they wish to run for a RA BOT position. What happened to advance notification of this election to our membership that state the starting date of the election and the time lines for nominees to have their information into the RA? Most members will not receive their OTL’s until later in the month or they do not use the RA website. This leaves little or no time for a member to decide if they wish to run for a position, because the most of the 30 days are gone.

    in reply to: Is the RA going to have an election this year #63724

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    So the question has been answered. Now the next question did the RA BOT forget that there was election because after I posted the question if the RA was going to have an election. The very next day, I get an email from the Chartered Club Coordinator notify clubs of an election. I have a response from the RA President and the information is on the website. The problem now is the day all this information is posted on the RA website is the same day that the election commences and nominees now have 30 day to respond if they wish to run for a RA BOT position. What happened to advance notification of this election to our membership that state the starting date of the election and the time lines for nominees to have their information into the RA? Most members will not receive their OTL’s until later in the month or they do not use the RA website. This leaves little or no time for a member to decide if they wish to run for a position, because the most of the 30 days are gone.

    in reply to: Complaints from Veterans #63691

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    Rod
    I waited over 3 weeks to see something from the RA President. Like normal he failed to reply back. Yes this a dead issue, but I will say to all veteran and service members that severed in country military thank you.

    Michael Johnston

    in reply to: Route Suggestion OK City to Rally #63147

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    I have not traveled west OK/TX for several years, here is a route that will take into the some very interesting areas but you must remember that gas will be limited in some areas so to fill up when you need to the main points for the gps are: Oklahoma City, Sweetwater TX, Wheeler Tx, Balko OK, Boise City OK, Buena Vista CO, 209 Ten Mile Cir, Frisco, CO 80443.

    Michael Johnston

    Time Mile Instruction For Toward
    Summary: 734.4 miles (1 day, 6 hours, 13 minutes)
    DAY 1
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Oklahoma City

    9:02 AM 0.6 I-40 [US-270] 116.9 mi I-40
    10:40 AM 117.5 At exit 32, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi OK-34 / Carter / Mangum
    10:41 AM 117.7 Turn RIGHT (North) onto CR-N1950 0.2 mi
    10:41 AM 117.9 Road name changes to N1950 Rd 1.2 mi
    10:44 AM 119.1 Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-6 [E1110 Rd] 19.2 mi
    11:15 AM 138.3 Road name changes to SR-152 [SR-6] 4.0 mi
    11:22 AM 142.3 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-30 54 yds
    11:22 AM 142.3 At Sweetwater, return South on SR-30 54 yds
    11:22 AM 142.4 Turn RIGHT (West) onto SR-152 20.6 mi
    11:31 AM 147.5 Entering Texas
    11:56 AM 163.0 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-83 [S Alan L Bean Blvd] 76 yds
    11:56 AM 163.1 At Wheeler, return North on US-83 [S Alan L Bean Blvd] 26.9 mi
    12:28 PM 190.0 Merge onto US-60 [US-83] 9.5 mi
    12:40 PM 199.4 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-83 59.1 mi
    1:43 PM 250.2 Entering Oklahoma
    1:52 PM 258.5 At Balko, stay on US-83 [Veterans of Forgein Wars Memorial Hwy] (North) 0.5 mi
    1:53 PM 259.0 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-412 [SR-3] 37.7 mi
    2:39 PM 296.7 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-412 [US-54] 0.4 mi
    2:39 PM 297.1 Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-412 [SR-136] 60.8 mi
    3:53 PM 357.9 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-287 [US-412] 1.8 mi
    3:55 PM 359.6 At Boise City, stay on US-287 [US-412] (West) 32 yds
    Check your departure time; the next stop is in a different time zone.
    3:55 PM 359.7 At roundabout, take the THIRD exit onto US-385 [US-412] 3.4 mi US-412 / US-56 / US-64 / Clayton, NM / Dalhart, TX
    4:00 PM 363.1 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-412 [US-56] 40.0 mi
    4:34 PM 391.5 Entering New Mexico
    4:48 PM 403.1 Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-64 [US-87] 9.2 mi
    Check local time; this stop is in a different time zone.
    5:00 PM 412.2 End of day
    DAY 2
    9:00 AM 412.2 Stay on US-64 [US-87] 72.0 mi
    10:26 AM 484.2 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-25 61.3 mi I-25
    10:34 AM 493.2 Entering Colorado
    11:19 AM 545.6 At exit 52, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.2 mi CO-60 W / Gardner / Westcliffe
    11:19 AM 545.8 Turn LEFT (South) onto I-25 Bus [US-85] 0.4 mi
    11:20 AM 546.1 Turn RIGHT (West) onto SR-69 58.3 mi
    12:31 PM 604.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto SR-69 [Main St] 0.2 mi
    12:31 PM 604.7 Turn RIGHT (North) onto SR-69 [N 3rd St] 15.9 mi
    12:51 PM 620.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto CR-1A 3.9 mi
    12:57 PM 624.4 Keep STRAIGHT onto CR-1A [CR-72] 3.1 mi
    1:02 PM 627.5 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-50 23.0 mi
    1:27 PM 650.5 Turn RIGHT (North-East) onto SR-291 [Oak St] 0.6 mi
    1:29 PM 651.1 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-291 [N Oak St] 120 yds
    1:29 PM 651.2 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-291 [E 1st St] 0.4 mi
    1:30 PM 651.6 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-291 [W 1st St] 0.7 mi
    1:31 PM 652.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-291 7.1 mi
    1:39 PM 659.4 Keep RIGHT onto Local road(s) 109 yds
    1:40 PM 659.5 Bear RIGHT (North) onto US-285 14.1 mi
    1:57 PM 673.6 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-24 2.5 mi
    2:00 PM 676.1 At Buena Vista, stay on US-24 (North) 34.3 mi
    2:42 PM 710.4 Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-24 [E 9th St] 1.1 mi
    2:44 PM 711.5 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-91 22.0 mi
    3:10 PM 733.6 Turn LEFT (West) onto Copper Rd 0.6 mi
    3:12 PM 734.2 Bear LEFT (South-West) onto Ten Mile Circle 76 yds
    3:13 PM 734.2 Turn RIGHT to stay on Ten Mile Circle 0.1 mi
    3:13 PM 734.4 Arrive 209 Ten Mile Cir, Frisco, CO 80443

    SU

    in reply to: Sidecar Ride #63150

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    This year I am not taking the side car rig to the rally.

    Michael Johnston

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63046

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    Wintzell’s Oyster House
    Wintzell’s Oyster House has been serving seafood dishes to the Gulf Coast for over 70 years. Our famous oysters have earned us praise far and wide. Wintzell’s, a landmark on Dauphin Street for decades in Historic Mobile, Alabama. Known far and wide for its “Oyster—fried, stewed or nude,” Wintzell’s Oyster House was founded in 1938 by Oliver Wintzell. Through economic boom and bust Wintzell’s has been continuously at its original location on Lower Dauphin Street. Wintzell’s menu is comprised of an extensive selection of regional seafood favorites with our oysters being our trademark item. We pride ourselves on our seafood gumbo which has been recognized as Mobile’s best numerous times. We have something for everyone including USDA choice buckehead beef steaks, chicken, fish, and of course those oysters any way you want em…. fried, stewed or nude; and now charbroiled. [url]www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com/[/url]
    Summary: 12.1 miles (17 minutes)

    Time Mile Instruction For Toward
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Historic Blakeley State Park on SR-225 (South) 1.8 mi
    9:02 AM 1.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
    9:04 AM 3.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 0.2 mi
    9:05 AM 3.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [US-98] 4.5 mi
    9:11 AM 7.8 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-10 2.4 mi I-10
    9:13 AM 10.2 At exit 27, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.4 mi US-90 / US-98 / Government St
    9:14 AM 10.7 Keep LEFT to stay on Ramp 43 yds
    9:14 AM 10.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto Local road(s) 21 yds
    9:14 AM 10.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [US-98] 1.3 mi
    9:16 AM 12.0 Turn RIGHT (North) onto S Washington Ave 174 yds
    9:17 AM 12.1 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Dauphin St 87 yds
    9:17 AM 12.1 Arrive 605 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36602

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63081

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    UPDATE:
    If anyone has tried to make reservation for camping at the Blakeley State Park and was told that this event was not going to take place. The State Park work miss informed you. The Park does know that this campout out is going to be held and that there is still plenty of campsite available. The fees for camping are $15.00 per night payable to the Blakely State park. Reservations are requested with the campground at (251)-626-5581 so call them and make your reservation for this event.

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63035

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    If you have never been to a Bass Pro Shop store, each store decor is different from each other. The Bass Pro Shop in Spanish Fort, the theme is one that features Alabama Gulf coast outdoors. I have been in this store many different times and I spotted something different or a display that I have missed because there is so much going on. The Bass Pro Shop does have an attached restaurant called World Famous Islamorada Fish Company Restaurant. I eaten there many of times and there is no complaints about any meal that was served to me. The Bass Pro Shop can meet you demands from camping needs to getting a bit to eat or just going in sightseeing. The Bass Pro Shop is just located just minutes away from the Historic Blakeley State Park.
    Summary: 4.2 miles (7 minutes)

    Time Mile Instruction For Toward
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Historic Blakeley State Park on SR-225 (South) 1.8 mi
    9:02 AM 1.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
    9:04 AM 3.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 0.2 mi
    9:05 AM 3.3 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-90 [US-98] 0.8 mi
    9:06 AM 4.0 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 21 yds
    9:06 AM 4.0 Turn LEFT (North) onto US-90 [US-98] 0.1 mi
    9:07 AM 4.2 Arrive US-98, Daphne, AL 36526

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63033

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    I have reserved 20 tent camping site for the BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout and guest at the Blakeley State park for the weekend of March 30- 1 April. Each site is $15.00 daily charge and the sites will hold 3 tents each. So if a group of friends wish to split the cost of the tents site then the extra adults would split the cost plus the $3.00 gate fee that the park charges per extra adult. These Tent sites are near Flushing toilets and Showers. To reserve you space contact Historic Blakeley State Park at 251-626-5581 and mention that you are with BMW Club Veteran Riders International or guest of the club. These sites will be on reserved until March 15 and any unused site will be on first come basis with Park. Blakely State Park also has RV camping for $30.00 daily fee with full hook ups. I have received emails from non-military veterans if they can attend. The answer is yes; you can attend the campout because the more that attends the better and bigger the stories are and the more friends we make. For more information please email at: [email]mljohnston1200@gmail.com[/email]
    Directions: From I-10: Go north on U.S. Highway 98 to U.S. Highway 31 and take a right. Turn left on Highway 225 and go 4 1/2 miles. Park is on left.
    From I-65: Go south on Highway 225. Go 15 miles and park is on right.
    Location:
    Historic Blakley State Park
    34745 State Highway 225
    Spanish Fort, AL 36577

    Hotels: There are several major name Hotels within 5 miles of the Historic Blakley State Park is Spanish Fort or Daphne area

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63030

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    This is a place to explore when you are at the BMW Club Veteran Riders International campout, it is the Battleship Park on Mobile Bay. This is the home of the Battleship USS ALABAMA, and the submarine USS DRUM (SS-228) along with many military aircrafts that range from pre-world II to present day aircrafts. ([url]www.ussalabama.com/[/url] ) The Battleship Park is just 9 miles away from the campout and a person can spend a day exploring the park. Admission fees: Age 12 & up: $12.00 Ages 6-11: $6.00 under age 6: plus vehicle parking is $3.00. Hours: Open every day except Christmas Day
    Opens – 8:00 a.m. Closes – 4:00 p.m. October-March, 6:00 p.m. April-September
    Summary: 9.4 miles (13 minutes)

    Time Mile Instruction For Toward
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Historic Blakeley State Park on SR-225 (South) 1.8 mi
    9:02 AM 1.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
    9:04 AM 3.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 0.2 mi
    9:05 AM 3.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [US-98] 4.8 mi
    9:11 AM 8.1 Turn LEFT (South) onto Local road(s) 21 yds
    9:11 AM 8.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto US-90 [US-98] 0.2 mi
    9:11 AM 8.3 Keep RIGHT to stay on US-90 [US-98] 1.2 mi
    9:13 AM 9.4 Arrive USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63018

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    National Naval Aviation Museum Ride

    Fly high with an adventure at the National Naval Aviation Museum, one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, this historic treasure boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft, hands-on exhibits and more than 4,000 artifacts representing Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard aviation. Watch the awe-inspiring Blue Angels at practice air shows from March through November, take a ride in a motion-based or Top Gun Air Combat simulator, have fun with the ultimate seven story giant screen movie experience in the IMAX Theatre and dine in the Cubi Bar Café, an exhibit itself. There are plenty of family-friendly ways to get the most out of quality time with the kids. Free admission is an added bonus, as well as free tours inside the Museum and on the flight line
    With the Museum being located on a Military Installation expect the strict guidelines for motorcycles requires you be a certified, licensed motorcycle operator, carry insurance and have proof of registration. You must wear a helmet (even though it is not required by State Law), eye protection (also required by State Law), long pants, shirt, and boots (or full shoe – no sandals or bare feet). Depending on current changes to these guidelines a Hy-viz jacket or reflective vest maybe required to enter the installation.

    Summary: 58.9 miles (1 hour, 28 minutes)

    Time Mile Instruction For Toward
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Historic Blakeley State Park on SR-225 (South) 1.8 mi
    9:02 AM 1.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
    9:04 AM 3.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 0.2 mi
    9:05 AM 3.3 Turn LEFT (South) onto US-90 [US-98] 0.2 mi
    9:05 AM 3.5 Turn RIGHT (West) onto Patrician Dr (E) 0.5 mi
    9:08 AM 3.9 Turn RIGHT (South) onto US-90 [US-98] 0.4 mi
    9:09 AM 4.3 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 21 yds
    9:09 AM 4.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [SR-16] 9.6 mi
    9:21 AM 13.9 Turn RIGHT (South) onto CR-49 [Magnolia St] 0.8 mi
    9:24 AM 14.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto CR-49 [S Magnolia St] 0.3 mi
    9:24 AM 15.0 Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-64 [W Union Ave] 0.4 mi
    9:25 AM 15.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto CR-64 [E Union Ave] 0.4 mi
    9:26 AM 15.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto CR-64 4.8 mi
    9:33 AM 20.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto CR-83 3.5 mi
    9:40 AM 24.0 Turn LEFT (East) onto US-90 [SR-16] 14.5 mi
    9:57 AM 38.2 Entering Florida
    9:57 AM 38.5 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [SR-10] 2.1 mi
    10:00 AM 40.6 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [SR-10A] 6.2 mi
    10:07 AM 46.8 Turn RIGHT (South) onto CR-297 [Millview Rd] 0.5 mi
    10:08 AM 47.3 Turn LEFT to stay on CR-297 [Millview Rd] 65 yds
    10:08 AM 47.3 Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-173 [CR-297] 1.6 mi
    10:11 AM 49.0 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-173 [N Blue Angel Pky] 4.4 mi
    10:18 AM 53.4 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-173 [S Blue Angel Pky] 4.9 mi
    10:26 AM 58.3 Road name changes to Radford Blvd 0.6 mi
    10:28 AM 58.9 Arrive 1750 Radford Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32508

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63019

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    Ride the Mobile Bay and see 3 historical Forts along the way
    This is a Summary: 112.6 miles ride that takes you to 3 historical mitary forts that have played a important role to the mobile Alabama area. The frist stop is the Fort Conde located in downtown Mobile ( [url]www.exploresouthernhistory.com/fortconde.html[/url] ) . This fort was built in the 1720s for the french and played a major role in the protection if the city of Mobile. The secound stop is Fort Gaines located on Dauphin Island ([url]www.dauphinisland.org/fort.htm[/url] ) on the west side of the mouth Mobile Bay. This fort was established during the war of 1812 and contined service up to the end WWII. Then a 30-45 min ferry ride from Dauphin Island to the last fort on this ride. The ferry price for motorcycles are $8.00 plus rider and extra $4.50 for passenger. Fort Morgan which is located east side mouth Mobile Bay and was established in the 1812 and continued service to the end WW II ([url]www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/73morgan/73morgan.htm[/url] ). The ride back to Bakeley state Park will take thru the City of Gulf Shores then up to the City of Foley hwy59. Then turn on to hwy 98 and follow this hwy to the City of Fairhope then back to Bakeley state Park. This ride will take you past many of fantastic place to try the seafood along your ride .

    Summary: 112.6 miles (3 hours, 21 minutes)

    Time Mile Instruction For Toward
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Historic Blakeley State Park on SR-225 (South) 1.8 mi
    9:02 AM 1.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
    9:04 AM 3.1 Bear RIGHT (West) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 0.2 mi
    9:05 AM 3.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [US-98] 4.5 mi
    9:11 AM 7.8 Take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-10 2.4 mi I-10
    9:13 AM 10.2 At exit 27, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.4 mi US-90 / US-98 / Government St
    9:14 AM 10.7 Keep LEFT to stay on Ramp 43 yds
    9:14 AM 10.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto Local road(s) 21 yds
    9:14 AM 10.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [US-98] 0.8 mi
    9:15 AM 11.5 Turn LEFT (South) onto S Joachim St, then immediately turn LEFT (East) onto Church St 0.3 mi
    9:16 AM 11.8 Turn RIGHT (South-East) onto S Royal St 43 yds
    9:16 AM 11.8 At Fort Conde [150 S Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602, (251) 438-7304], stay on S Royal St (North-West) 32 yds
    9:16 AM 11.8 Turn LEFT (West) onto Church St 0.2 mi
    9:17 AM 12.0 Turn LEFT (South) onto S Joachim St 0.1 mi
    9:17 AM 12.1 Road name changes to Franklin St 0.2 mi
    9:18 AM 12.3 Road name changes to Local road(s) 21 yds
    9:18 AM 12.4 Road name changes to S Franklin St 65 yds
    9:18 AM 12.4 Take Ramp onto I-10 4.1 mi I-10
    9:22 AM 16.5 At exit 22B, turn LEFT onto Ramp 0.4 mi AL-163 / Dauphin Island Pkwy
    9:23 AM 16.9 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 164 yds AL-163 / Neshota Ln.
    9:23 AM 17.0 Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-163 [Dauphin Island Pky] 28.3 mi
    10:08 AM 45.2 Turn LEFT (East) onto CR-2 [Bienville Blvd] 2.4 mi
    10:12 AM 47.7 At Fort Gaines Historic Site [Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36528, (334) 861-6992], return North on CR-2 [Bienville Blvd] 0.6 mi
    10:13 AM 48.2 Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s) 32 yds
    10:14 AM 48.2 *Check timetable* Take Mobile Bay Ferry (East)
    10:44 AM 48.2 Take SR-180 [Dixie Graves Pky] (East) 0.7 mi
    10:45 AM 49.0 Turn RIGHT (South) onto Local road(s) 0.2 mi
    10:46 AM 49.2 At Fort Morgan, return North on Local road(s) 0.2 mi
    10:46 AM 49.4 Turn RIGHT (East) onto SR-180 [Dixie Graves Pky] 12.8 mi
    11:07 AM 62.2 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-180 [W Fort Morgan Rd] 7.3 mi
    11:19 AM 69.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-59 [Gulf Shores Pky] 3.0 mi
    11:24 AM 72.5 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-59 3.3 mi
    11:30 AM 75.9 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-59 [S McKenzie St] 3.5 mi
    11:35 AM 79.4 Turn LEFT (West) onto US-98 [SR-42] 12.6 mi
    11:51 AM 91.9 Turn RIGHT (East) onto Local road(s) 43 yds
    11:51 AM 91.9 At US-98, return West on Local road(s) 43 yds
    11:51 AM 92.0 Turn RIGHT (North) onto US-98 [SR-42] 16.4 mi
    12:13 PM 108.3 Keep STRAIGHT onto US-90 [US-98] 0.9 mi
    12:15 PM 109.3 Turn RIGHT (East) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 0.2 mi
    12:15 PM 109.5 Turn LEFT (North) onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
    12:18 PM 110.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 1.8 mi
    12:21 PM 112.6 Arrive Historic Blakeley State Park

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63083

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    Gulf Coast Vietnam Veterans Salute
    Saturday, March 31st, 2012
    USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park, Mobile, Alabama
    Everyone is invited to participate in the Gulf Coast Vietnam Veterans Salute honoring Vietnam & Vietnam Era Veterans who live along the Gulf Coast. This community celebration provides a unique opportunity for community groups, faith- based groups, and local businesses to express their respect & appreciation for Vietnam Veterans. The event offers many ways for Vietnam Veterans to enjoy connecting with their fellow Veterans. Civilians are encouraged to participate by lining Government Street in downtown Mobile to cheer for the Rolling Thunder Honor Ride Parade. After the Honor Ride Parade, the community is invited to join the Vietnam Veterans and their families for the opening ceremony and special activities at Battleship Memorial Park. This free celebration will be held in the area just outside the museum.

    VA Gulf Coast Home Page: [url]http://www.biloxi.va.gov[/url]
    Battleship website: *[url]http://www.ussalabama.com/[/url]

    Activities

    Honor Ride Parade: At 10:00 a.m. the Honor Ride Parade kicks off the event. Rolling Thunder Alabama Chapter 1 has invited Motorcyclists from North West Fl, South MS and South AL to parade down Government Street through the Bankhead Tunnel and on to Battleship Memorial Park. They will be escorting a caravan of “Honor Buses” transporting Vietnam & Vietnam Era Veterans from across the Gulf Coast to the event. Gold Star Mothers will also be in the parade.

    Opening Ceremony: At 11:00 a.m. the Color Guard begins, followed by National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation, Special Speakers, and Benediction.

    Reunion Tents: Special Tents for each branch of service will offer memorabilia displays & Veteran reunion activities. Message boards will help attendees contact friends and share information on upcoming reunions.

    Resource Tent: The Resource Tent will provide information on VA & Vet Center Services, VA Cemetery benefits, and programs of interest to Vietnam Veterans. Key community groups will also share information on Veteran friendly activities.

    Family Tent: Staff from VA’s Caregiver Support Program will provide information and special activities for families of Vietnam Veterans in the Family Tent.

    Vendors: Food, beverage, and Veteran themed items will be available for purchase from vendors registered with the Battleship Foundation. *[url]http://www.ussalabama.com/[/url]

    Live Music: Local bands will play during the afternoon.

    Parachute Drop: The Silver Wings Parachute Jump Team from Ft. Benning, GA.

    Military Equipment Displays & Museum Tours: (Details coming soon)

    Other Presentations: During the afternoon there will be a special Missing Man Ceremony Honoring POWs & MIA’s, and a presentation on the Vet to Vet Peer Support Program.

    Vietnam Veterans Receive free Museum Admission: Following the Opening Ceremony, Battleship Memorial Park will provide free museum admission to Vietnam and Vietnam era Veterans with wristband tickets. The museum includes special exhibits inside the aircraft hanger, the Battleship itself, Submarine USS Drum, and more. Admission fees are also waived for Active Duty Military. Many local Veteran Service Organizations have volunteered to help with distribution of wristband tickets. Vietnam Veterans can also contact the nearest Vet Center to obtain their free museum ticket. Here is a list of Gulf Coast Vet Centers:

    Biloxi MS Vet Center (228) 388-9938
    Mobile AL Vet Center (251) 478-5906
    Pensacola FL Vet Center (850) 456-5886
    Okaloosa County FL Vet Center (850) 651-1000
    Bay County FL Vet Center (850) 522-6102

    How to Help with the Event
    Outreach: Download the event flyer and share it to encourage Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans to attend the celebration. Save the Date Flyer.

    Cheering for the Honor Ride Parade: Civilians can help by recruiting community groups to line the parade route in downtown Mobile and cheer for the Veterans. The best viewing areas will be along Government Street between Virginia Street and the Bankhead Tunnel.

    Honor Buses: Because of the number of Veterans expected to attend this event, parking is expected to be limited. Volunteers are needed to organize Honor Buses (similar to Honor Flights). The term “Honor Bus” refers to any vehicle transporting a group of four or more Vietnam & Vietnam Era Veterans to Battleship Park for the event (buses, vans, trucks, and cars). Sponsoring an Honor Bus provides an opportunity for community and faith-based groups to reach out to Vietnam Veterans who might not ordinarily participate in their group. Organizers may choose to arrange car pools, use church buses, or rent shuttle buses to bring Veterans to the event. More than just transportation, the Honor Bus provides camaraderie for Veterans en-route, and helps Veterans develop new friendships that can continue after the event. For bus availability or more information on bus sponsorship, check here*. You may also email Disabled American Veterans (DAV) at: [email]al35cdr@davfrat.org[/email]

    Volunteers: Many Veterans groups and community organizations across the Gulf Coast are seeking help with preparations for the event. Please contact your local Veteran Service Organizations to offer your assistance. In Mississippi you can also go online to the United Way of South MS Volunteer Center *[url]www.unitedwaysm.org[/url] and click volunteer to learn more about ways you can serve at designated project sites. In Alabama contact Hands on South Alabama at *[url]www.handsonsal.org[/url].

    Donations: Those wishing to make donations to support the event can contact VA Voluntary Service at (228) 523-5786 or the Battleship Foundation for details.

    VA Donation Letter

    Vietnam Vets Salute

    Link to Our Site at: [url]http://www.Biloxi.va.gov/Vietnam.asp[/url]

    Honor Ride Parade
    Registration: Registration for the Honor Ride Parade is free. Motorcycle riders must be Vietnam or Vietnam Era Veterans and can register by sending an email to Rolling Thunder Alabama Chapter 1, c/o Don Westwood at [email]danson50@att.net[/email]. The email should include each riders’ name and cell phone, and if applicable, the name of the motorcycle association. To ensure adequate paved parking, motorcycle registration is open to the first 700 riders. Motorcycles should arrive by 8:30 a.m. at Ladd Peebles Stadium for form up. Honor Buses are invited to follow behind the Motorcycles in the Honor Ride Parade. Further instructions to will be sent to Honor Buses that have registered with the DAV.

    Parade Route: The parade will leave Ladd Peebles at 10:00 a.m. using Michigan Avenue to reach Government Street, then through Bankhead Tunnel and on to USS ALABAMA Battleship Memorial Park.

    Vendor Information
    The Battleship Foundation will offer a limited number of vendor spaces at the event for food and beverage Vendors, and for Vendors of military themed items. Approved Vendors will need to bring their own tents, chairs, tables, power source, etc. Food Vendors will need to have appropriate permits. Please contact Battleship Foundation directly for further details.

    Media Inquiries
    To schedule media interviews please contact Jerron Barnett, VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Public Affairs, at: [email]Jerron.Barnett@va.gov[/email]. or by phone at (850) 912-2380.

    Learn About Vietnam Veterans

    Education Day Friday, March 30th: The Education Day is a “Pre-event” for students and educators along the Gulf Coast and will be held inside the museum between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Field Trips to this event will give younger generations the chance to meet Vietnam Veterans and learn about the Vietnam War. During this time Vietnam Veterans will hold 15 minute scripted presentations followed by Question and Answer sessions for the students. Presentations will be repeated throughout the day. Vietnam Veterans will also be available near military equipment and memorabilia displays to answer questions. Middle and High School students, as well as College & University Students are welcome to attend. For more information contact: Stuart Allgood, Mobile County Public Schools Television Network, [email]Wallgood@mcpss.com[/email], phone: (251) 221-4005

    Educators Packet: *[url]http://www.savc.net[/url]
    Link to Virtual Wall: *[url]http://www.virtualwall.org/iStates.htm[/url]
    Links to Similar Events:
    Green Bay Wisconsin: *[url]http://lzlambeau.org/[/url]
    Fayetteville North Carolina: *[url]http://www.heroeshomecoming.com/[/url]
    Tulsa Oklahoma: *[url]www.operationoklahoma.org[/url]

    Event Sponsors
    The Gulf Coast Vietnam Veterans Salute is hosted by the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and Vet Centers in partnership with Battleship Memorial Park, the City of Mobile, local Veteran Service Organizations, community groups and businesses from across the Gulf Coast. A more detailed list acknowledging sponsors & donors will appear in the Veterans Resource Guide to be distributed at the event.

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63034

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    The Air Force Armament Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and memorabilia associated with Air Force Armament and its platforms of delivery. Admittance to the Museum is free of charge and the Museum is closed on Sundays and federal holidays. Over one million people have now visited and enjoyed this Museum. Numerous significant, military-related ceremonies such as promotions, reenlistments, retirements and meetings occur within the Museum each month. Visits by school, church and veterans groups are now almost daily occurrences and the Armament Museum has become an important educational, cultural and social landmark. ([url]www.afarmamentmuseum.com/[/url] )
    With the Museum being located on a Military Installation expect the strict guidelines for motorcycles requires you be a certified, licensed motorcycle operator, carry insurance and have proof of registration. You must wear a helmet (even though it is not required by State Law), eye protection (also required by State Law), long pants, shirt, and boots (or full shoe – no sandals or bare feet). Depending on current changes to these guidelines a Hy-viz jacket or reflective vest maybe required to enter the installation.

    Summary: 102.8 miles (1 hour, 55 minutes)

    Time Mile Instruction For Toward
    9:00 AM 0.0 Depart Historic Blakeley State Park on SR-225 (South) 1.8 mi
    9:02 AM 1.8 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-225 [Blakely Dr] 1.3 mi
    9:04 AM 3.1 Turn LEFT (East) onto US-31 [Spanish Fort Blvd] 3.4 mi
    9:09 AM 6.5 Turn RIGHT (South) onto SR-181 1.0 mi
    9:11 AM 7.5 Turn LEFT (East) onto Local road(s) 21 yds
    9:11 AM 7.5 Take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-10 48.8 mi I-10
    9:39 AM 35.2 Entering Florida
    10:00 AM 56.4 At exit 22, turn RIGHT onto Ramp 0.3 mi SR-281 / Avalon Blvd / Milton
    10:01 AM 56.7 Keep RIGHT to stay on Ramp 76 yds
    10:01 AM 56.7 *Toll road* Merge onto SR-281 [Avalon Blvd] 11.0 mi
    10:12 AM 67.7 Turn LEFT (East) onto US-98 [Gulf Breeze Pky] 27.5 mi
    10:43 AM 95.2 Keep LEFT onto SR-85 [Eglin Pky SE] 5.5 mi
    10:50 AM 100.8 Keep LEFT onto SR-189 [SR-397] 0.9 mi
    10:51 AM 101.7 Keep STRAIGHT onto SR-397 [John Sims Pky] 1.1 mi
    10:55 AM 102.8 Bear RIGHT (East) onto Museum Dr 142 yds
    10:55 AM 102.8 Arrive 100 Museum Dr, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542

    in reply to: 1st BMW Club Veteran Riders International Campout #63021

    vetbmwrider
    Participant

    This Blue Angel Practice Schedule 2012. The perform at 8:30 am, the Museum of Naval Aviation at NAS Pensacola has a viewing area for visitors to watch the team practice. The team visits the museum to answer questions and sign autographs after Wednesday practices.

    Blue Angel Practice Schedule

    LOCATION Naval Air Station Pensacola
    TIME 8:30 AM
    MARCH 21*, 27, 28*
    APRIL 3, 4*, 5, 6, 10, 11*, 17, 18*, 24, 25*
    MAY 1, 2*, 8, 9*, 15, 16*
    JUNE 5, 6*, 12, 13*, 19, 20*, 26, 27*
    JULY 17, 18*
    AUGUST 7*, 8, 9, 14, 15*, 21, 22*
    SEPTEMBER 5*, 11, 12*, 18, 19*
    OCTOBER 17*, 23, 24*, 30

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