Riding to remember the fallen


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On Saturday, the 21st of June, motorcycle riders from across southwestern Ontario will gather at the Legion in Sarnia to remember two of our local Fallen Heroes from Afghanistan, Private William Cushley of Port Lambton and Corporal Brent Poland of Brigden/Camlachie.

The Ride is organized and hosted by the 1st Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle (CAV) Unit, Medusa of Sarnia and is sponsored by Branch 62, RCL and Peacekeeper Park, A Living Memorial.  The Ride will have stops in Camlachie, at the Petrolia Legion and will go through Port Lambton and back to the starting point at the Sarnia Legion.

This will be the second Annual Cushley Poland Memorial Ride and all the proceeds from this ride will be donated to the Ontario Legion’s “Leave the Streets Behind” program that works to assist our homeless veterans to leave the streets and to help our veterans who are in danger of losing their homes.  A recent study showed that twenty percent of the homeless in Canada are veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Registration starts at 9:00 AM at Branch 62 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Sarnia, located at 286 Front Street North in Sarnia.  Last rider will leave at 11:00 AM and the Ride is expected to take approximately two hours.  Registration fee is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger which entitles the registrants to a lunch and drink and a ticket on the door prize for the day.  Pledges of financial support can be made to any member of Medusa or at the registration desk on the day of the event.  Cheques should be made out to “The Joe Sweeney Fund” and tax receipts will be issued for donations of $25 or more.

The Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit is a national motorcycle group consisting of former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their supporters who ride to maintain military camaraderie and to raise funds for various charities across Canada.  We ride with strength and honour for those who can no longer ride.