The Brainerd-Baxter area will be one of the focal points of the Ride for Healing, a motorcade of motorcycles and classic cars, which begins May 27.
The event is the 2013 Veterans of Foreign Wars Minnesota State Commander’s project.
The state commander, Lee Ulferts, is a Vietnam veteran and has chosen this as a fundraising event for the Vietnam Education Center in Washington, D.C. Vietnam veterans will be recognized throughout the state. Ulferts said the outstate Minnesota Vietnam veterans have never had the chance to be recognized and honored for their service. This will be an attempt to provide them with that honor and to welcome them home and give them a chance for the healing of all the hurts they have carried these many years. It will also give the public a chance to contribute to this cause in their honor as the caravan travels through the state. The second purpose is to raise money to help build the Vietnam Veterans Museum that will be built at the wall in Washington, D.C. All of the money for this museum must be raised by private funds.
The event will kick off on Memorial Day, May 27, at the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul where four teams of classic cars and motorcycles will begin a journey to the four corners of our state visiting local VFW Posts along the way. They will spend the next four days on the road visiting 60 communities that are arranging their own ceremonies.
The four teams will arrive in the Brainerd/Baxter area on May 31. Events are planned throughout the week at Cragun’s Resort and the Traveling Wall will arrive at the Crow Wing County Fairgrounds in Brainerd on May 30. A commemoration event is planned at the fairgrounds at 1 p.m. June 1 along with a banquet and candlelight vigil at Cragun’s at night. All events are open to the public.
The VFW is asking for everyone to turn out in support of a generation of veterans who need and deserve the nation’s gratitude. Further information may be found at website www.RideForHealing.com including information on how people may contribute and register for the event and banquet.