Posted by: didyouseethis | April 18, 2009

Cleveland Rally For The Troops 2009 Don’t Forget

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Just a lil’ reminder…..

7th Annual Rally for Troops, Sunday April 19, 2009, in Downtown Cleveland Public Square from 11 AM to 12 NOON. Free parking at all Tower City parking lots. Anticipate over 2000 motorcyclist from various Harley Davidson Dealerships in NE Ohio will meet at 8:30 AM and depart at 9:30 AM in a processional ride to downtown Cleveland Ohio to attend the Rally. Jim Mantel of WGAR will MC the ceremony and Monica Robins of WKYC will sing the National Anthem.

Public is encouraged to attend to express their support for our veterans, active military and families of Ohio’s 192 Fallen Heroes. Please plan on arriving around 10 AM as traffic will be an issue in downtown due to the Rally.

Speakers include family members of three Ohio’s Fallen Heroes. Due to the extended tours of duty from 12 months to 15/18 months the suicide rate for returning veterans is reaching record highs. We lost an estimated 65 returning veterans to suicide in the first three months of 2009, more than in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. Representative of the VA will be present with materials to educate the public on how to deal with PTSD issues. There will be a reading of the names of Ohio’s 192 Fallen Heroes, followed by a 21 gun salute, taps and the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums playing Amazing Grace.

2009 Rally Pins and Patches will be sold at the Rally, with proceeds to American Veterans with Brain Injuries (avbi.org) and Ghost Riders Foundation (ghostridersfoundation.org). Both organizations deal with education and support for veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and suicide issues.

Love,
Mom


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  1. Mark’s looking forward to it. I was going to go this year (since he’s not leaving at 6 am like he usually does), but Daddy’s got his car in a Corvette show, so I’m going to that instead. I hope you guys have a great time.

  2. This year’s Rally was really awesome for me, my twin son’s were there with me in uniform, they are the ones in the very first picture with the little boy in his acu’s to. My other son was away serveing overseas in Iraq as a Mp. So please keep him in your prayers. I apreciate the Rally’s each year, I have not missed any of them since the beginning of them. I useally brought a poster with me of my soldiers and SSGT of Keith Matthew Maupin but this year I didnt, He was Ohio’s captured soldier, for 4 years April 8th. His remains were found in Iraq and sent home last year to his final resting place. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Keith and Carolyn Maupin and all the families of the fallen soldiers of Ohio. Thank you for there service..Many hugs to you all and See you at the nexted Rally, maybe nexted year I will be haveing all 3 of my son’s with me. God bless you and God bless our Troops.. Laura Aquila aka Laura Nimitzmom Mentor, Ohio


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