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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

DUBLIN — Bikers, military veterans and members of the community alike joined together on Saturday morning for the 17th annual United Auto Workers (UAW) Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall Memorial Ceremony.
Rev. Doug Patterson led the hundreds gathered on the lawn of the UAW Local 2069 Union Hall in Dublin in prayer, which was followed by the posting of colors by members of Pulaski’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1184 honor guard and the singing of the National Anthem by Kaylee Hall.
Hall also sang “God Bless the USA” and “What Did He Die For” during the ceremony. Kayla Oosley also performed a song during the ceremony.
Retired Army Col. Tom McCarthy, who now works as an attorney in Pulaski County, served as a guest speaker for the event. In his speech, he wished those who would be participating in Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall “Godspeed and a safe ride.”
Following McCarthy’s speech, Anne Dooley Wiseman, the mother of Michael Dooley from Pulaski, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2003, was recognized as a Gold Star Mother.
Betsy Ault, the wife of Virginia National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Jesse Ault of Dublin who was killed in Baghdad on April 9 of this year, was also present at the ceremony. She was recognized and presented with flowers and mementos of gratitude from Lee Ayers and Ricky Toney, representatives from the UAW Veterans Committee. She had told committee members that if her husband had been there, he would have reminded them that “freedom isn’t free.”
Both Ayers and Toney were also presented with UAW Certificates of Honor by Mark Peterson, UAW Veterans Committee chairman.
In addition, members of the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, which was Ault’s Battalion, were asked to stand. The crowd then rose to its feet to show their appreciation for these men and women.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Montgomery, also a local lawyer, spoke at the ceremony as well. He spoke of the meaning of Memorial Day and simply put, said “Memorial Day is about veterans.” In closing, he told the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall participants to “ride hard, ride free.”
Following Montgomery’s speech, Jeff Walke, who served as emcee for the ceremony, asked that all veterans, ranging from World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom, stand and be recognized. The crowd again rose and honored these veterans with a round of applause.
Doug Martin gave the benediction for the ceremony, followed by the playing of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes by Sonny Bishop, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
The VFW honor guard commander then took charge, ordering his men to a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of “Taps.”
After the close of the ceremony, the thunder of several hundred motorcycles filled the air as participants in the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall departed the parking lot at the union hall, followed by two Volvo VN 670 trucks, which were specially decorated, featuring custom murals honoring the sacrifices of military veterans. The group headed to their ultimate destination of Washington D.C., where well over 500,000 will then join together at “The Wall” and in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. for a peaceful demonstration demanding accountability for American POW/MIAs, as well as for other military/veteran related issues.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY

DUBLIN — Bikers, military veterans and members of the community alike joined together on Saturday morning for the 17th annual United Auto Workers (UAW) Veterans Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall Memorial Ceremony.
Rev. Doug Patterson led the hundreds gathered on the lawn of the UAW Local 2069 Union Hall in Dublin in prayer, which was followed by the posting of colors by members of Pulaski’s Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1184 honor guard and the singing of the National Anthem by Kaylee Hall.
Hall also sang “God Bless the USA” and “What Did He Die For” during the ceremony. Kayla Oosley also performed a song during the ceremony.
Retired Army Col. Tom McCarthy, who now works as an attorney in Pulaski County, served as a guest speaker for the event. In his speech, he wished those who would be participating in Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall “Godspeed and a safe ride.”
Following McCarthy’s speech, Anne Dooley Wiseman, the mother of Michael Dooley from Pulaski, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2003, was recognized as a Gold Star Mother.
Betsy Ault, the wife of Virginia National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Jesse Ault of Dublin who was killed in Baghdad on April 9 of this year, was also present at the ceremony. She was recognized and presented with flowers and mementos of gratitude from Lee Ayers and Ricky Toney, representatives from the UAW Veterans Committee. She had told committee members that if her husband had been there, he would have reminded them that “freedom isn’t free.”
Both Ayers and Toney were also presented with UAW Certificates of Honor by Mark Peterson, UAW Veterans Committee chairman.
In addition, members of the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, which was Ault’s Battalion, were asked to stand. The crowd then rose to its feet to show their appreciation for these men and women.
Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Montgomery, also a local lawyer, spoke at the ceremony as well. He spoke of the meaning of Memorial Day and simply put, said “Memorial Day is about veterans.” In closing, he told the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall participants to “ride hard, ride free.”
Following Montgomery’s speech, Jeff Walke, who served as emcee for the ceremony, asked that all veterans, ranging from World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom, stand and be recognized. The crowd again rose and honored these veterans with a round of applause.
Doug Martin gave the benediction for the ceremony, followed by the playing of “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes by Sonny Bishop, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
The VFW honor guard commander then took charge, ordering his men to a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of “Taps.”
After the close of the ceremony, the thunder of several hundred motorcycles filled the air as participants in the Ride for Freedom/Run for the Wall departed the parking lot at the union hall, followed by two Volvo VN 670 trucks, which were specially decorated, featuring custom murals honoring the sacrifices of military veterans. The group headed to their ultimate destination of Washington D.C., where well over 500,000 will then join together at “The Wall” and in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. for a peaceful demonstration demanding accountability for American POW/MIAs, as well as for other military/veteran related issues.