By Michael Blow aka “Smokey” Canadian AMRR coordinator CVFR National President.
Capt Terry HJighlander Hunter, Past President CVFR Ottawa playing the Lament
Ottawa, ONTARIO On Saturday, June 30th, 2012, the Canadian Veteran Freedom Riders (CVFR) teamed up with the Royal British Legion Riders Branch and the American Legion Riders for the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride.
Terry (Highlander) Hunter and Gladys (Mariposa)
The ride was in remembrance of our fallen heroes from the Commonwealth Forces, past and present, who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. The ride started in the U.K. and the USA. In the 3rd year the CVFR agreed to participate.
This was the second year for Canada, and not only the National Capital Region, but also Calgary held the same event at the same time and on the same date. This event saw bikers from across the United Kingdom, United States and Canada united in a ride to remember those who lost their lives in the service of their countries, truly an international event.
CVFR National Padre (Rev)
The ride to the Green Island Commonwealth memorial on Sussex saw a total of 40 riders and passengers congregate, a short service took place at 11 a.m. led by our own CVFR Padre, during the service our own CVFR piper played
Amazing Grace and the Lament, once the event concluded, the majority to the Legion for a BBQ, hosted by Solange who graciously donated her time in looking after the BBQ. The ride raised a total of $2000 that was presented to Camp Maple Leaf. The cheque was presented by the CVFR National President who rode from Ottawa to make the presentation in person, he was accompanied by two CVFR Meaford members who met him at Ennismore, Mike Boudrias aka Static-Line, the unit President, and Brian Landry aka Blue, both rode over 3 hours to get there in very hot weather.
The money will be used to buy much need equipment and other items for use by the people using the camp. I want to express my sincere thanks to the following groups who donated the
money that enabled us to achieve our goal of $2000, the Union of Taxation Employees - $500, The Red Ribbon Forces - $300, CVFR Calgary - $500 and Andy’s RV in Arnprior - $100. The remainder was raised during the event and after the expenses were paid, we had the $2000 we had set as the goal.
Thanks also to the various groups and individual riders who participated, UN/NATO, FSMC, CAV, to name a few, and the individual riders and passengers, without whom the event would not have succeeded.
This year we were also privileged to be able to send members from the CVFR Kingston unit to participate in the AMRR ride in New Hampshire, they represented the CVFR and also Canada in showing our support for our American brothers and sisters.
The AMRR will take place in 2013 on the last Saturday in June, at the same time, we are hoping to have Australia and New Zealand participate, and there is a rumour that India may also hold an AMRR service in their country.
Thanks again, until next year.