On the day before Valentine’s Day riders from the American Legion Riders, Patriot Guard Riders, Harley Davidson Riders for Christ, Loma Linda HOG and many other gathered at Quaid Harley-Davidson in Loma to take part in a ride for the National Salute to Veteran Patients.
After saluting the flag the ride route was laid out, it was a simple one as Pettis Veterans Hospital is just a short ride from the dealership.
The riders formed up, the route went east on Redlands Boulevard, North on Mountain View, West on Barton Road and then a right on Benton the group got to park in the front of the Hospital and was greeted by people lined up along the sideway some waving flags and many taking picture
The Ceremony took place on the patio area, there was a stage up for the band Kanan Road to perform a mix of country and rock roll. The closing song was Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Free Bird. Some of the audience was dancing and singing along.
Before the band got going, Diana Gellentein, Chief of Volunteering Service welcomed everyone and thanked the groups that took part.
The idea of sending valentines to Veterans was suggested by Columnist Ann Landers many years ago and it took off from there. The Veterans Health Administration has one thousand seven hundred sites of care serving over eight million veterans every year.
Tables were set in back for information pamphlets and other information to be handed out the group that is doing the upcoming popular Veterans Car Show had a table set too.
A table was set up to serve food which proved to be very popular.
It’s nice to remember our Vets anytime of the year.
To see how to help out go to www.va.gov