Operation God Bless America motorcycle ride set June 2

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Martinsburg VAMC Director Brown riding with American Legion Rider Chapter 14 Director Tolstyka in support of the God Bless America Ride.

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Greencastle-Antrim is the starting point again for the 23rd annual Operation God Bless America Ride set Sunday, June 2. The cycles will move at noon and travel through Greencastle’s square before heading south.

Motorcycle enthusiasts from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia will gather in the I-81/Route 16 intersection area of Greencastle for the beginning of the ride that will raise funds for patients of the Martinsburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and honor those who served.

The Martinsburg VAMC outreach team will be at the event to provide information on women’s health, enrollment in health care, My HealtheVet, prosthetics and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Veteran services.

The event is open to all veterans, volunteers, Veterans Service Organizations, community partners, families and friends, all in support of America’s courageous veterans.

Upon arrival at the medical center riders will travel through the patriotic Avenue of Flags lined with United States flags donated by the families of deceased veterans.

Departure from Greencastle is set for noon with an anticipated arrival of 1 p.m. at the medical center. A ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the medical center.

No alcoholic beverages are permitted and helmets are required. All motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to attend, come rain or shine.

For more information about Operation God Bless America Motorcycle Ride, go online to www.ogbaride.com