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This week I want to focus on the Cyclerides.com Veterans Bike Night on
Friday, November 10th at Westgate Entertainment District. This is
going to be a very patriotic night as we will be honoring all Veterans
as well as two very special guests that we are bringing in to help us
U.S. Navy Seaman 1st Class Ray Chavez, the oldest living
Pearl Harbor survivor who is now 105 years old will be with us that
night. Ray will be escorted
by his daughter daughter Kathleen Chavez who served for 19 years and
was the first women in the Navy to be a jet engine mechanic and served
in Desert Storm.
I have not met Ray Chavez in
person, but I have seen a couple of interviews with him and I am amazed
by his mental and physical condition at 105 years old. He started working
out with a trainer twice a week at 101 years old and just went over to
Hawaii last year for the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. To get to
know Ray Chavez a little bit before the event, I would encourage you to
watch these 2 short interviews of him below. I cannot wait to meet him in person.
This one from the
"Stories of Pearl Harbor" is captivating. Ray recounts that day on
Pearl Harbor over 75 years ago when the Japanese started attacking and
what he encountered as he ran into the battle. He said he would enlist
again today if we needed him.
Click Here to View.
Here is an interview from NBC Nightly news on his 105th birthday that gets you more up close and personal with him.
Click Here to View.
We will also welcome United States Army Special Forces Command Sergeant Major Ramon Rodriquez,
who is a Medal of Honor Recipient Nominee. Ramon is one of the most
decorated combat soldiers from the Vietnam War, earning the Silver
Star, the nations third-hightest honor for heroism, three times in just
34 months. When he retired after 23 years of service to our country,
Ramon had received 3 Bronze Stars, 3 Silver Stars and 5 Purple Hearts.
Both men will be the focus of the presentation this night. You may also
talk with and get photos with them throughout the night.
I will also be bringing my 92 year old Father who is a U.S. Navy World War 2 Veteran to join in on the festivities.
To make it the special night that it is, Westgate Entertainment
District is going to decorate Coyote Blvd. with 16 United States Flags,
one on every light pole to view as you ride through to park. We will
also have a 20 foot wide U.S. Flag that was flown over the USS Missouri
and will be unfurled from the second story walkway behind the stage as
we all stand and sing the National Anthem. Liberty Wildlife will also
be there with their live Eagle for you to view during the night, and
who will be on stage during the National Anthem.
Live music for this evening from 6-9 PM will be the band CTS, featuring
Jeff Senour who is an incredible performer, patriot and military
supporter. This is the perfect band to celebrate Veterans day with as
they are Driven by a passion to celebrate the greatest country in the
world and touching the souls of America’s youth through music, Jeff
Senour formed the CTS (Called To Serve) rock band in 2002. Senour and
CTS have created inspiring original music with a positive message
garnering worldwide recognition and numerous awards, including:
*Song And Music Video Of The Year: Military Writers Society
*Southwest Airlines Presidents Award
*Snowball Express “Official Song”
*Performances On USS Missouri For 75Th Anniversary Of Pearl Harbor,
Pentagon Washington DC, USS Midway San Diego, 105th Birthday
Celebration For Ray Chavez – Oldest Pearl Harbor Survivor.
Jeff has several original songs by CTS dedicated to our Veterans that will be played throughout the evening.
At 8PM there will be a special 20 minute presentation featuring the
National Anthem and unfurling of the 20 foot flag that flew on the USS
Missouri, a Color Guard presentation, Patriot Guard Riders, and a
presentation of Ray Chavez and Ramon Rodriguez who will both address
the crowd. If you are looking for a place to show your patriotism and
your support for our Veterans and active military forces, I invite you
to join us on this magical night, Friday, November 10th with these 2
military heroes. You will also have the opportunity to talk with them
and see the medals on display.
I would like to thank Ridenow Charities for funding the private air
transportation that will bring these 2 men from Long Beach and San
Diego, CA on Thursday and return them on Sunday. I will be riding along to greet and film them as we pick them up in Long Beach and San Diego on Thursday. So stay tuned to the Cyclerides.com Facebook
as I will be doing live updates throughout the day during their pickups
and then arrival here in Phoenix to a full color guard reception. And
thanks to Rick Cochran Jr., President of the A Legacy of Valor who is
arranging the visit by these two heroes.
I truly believe this will be a magical night that will give us all an
opportunity to show our love for the Veterans of the United States
Armed Services and well as show our Patriotism and love for our country
at a time when we need it so much. Hopefully we will see you on Friday,
November 10th at the Cyclerides.com Bike Night for Veterans at Westgate
Entertainment District. Live Music by CTS from 6-9pm. Special Presentation to our Veterans at 8 PM on Coyote Blvd.
Bring all of your family and friends to show our Veterans that we support them!
Enjoy your weekend riding weather and Ride Safe!
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New Cyclerides.com Logo and Shirts!
Working on the Veterans Day Bike Night inspired me to come up with a
new logo that celebrates America. I am calling it the Cyclerides.com
"Old Glory" Logo. They will have the phrase "Ride - Eat - Sleep -
Repeat" on the front with a small Old Glory logo below and a large Old
Glory logo on the back. Please take a look at it and see what you
think. Click Here to View.
I will have a limited quantity of these shirts for sale at the Veterans Day Bike Night and
will be using this as my new logo going forward. The shirts will be
available in short sleeved black to start and I will be adding Long
Sleeved black by December 1st in time for Christmas. The price is only
$15 for the short sleeved and $20 for long.They will be available online by Monday.
*Thursday Night this week! Live Music with "Skarlett Fever".
*Get Loud Audio Competition presented by Voodoo Bikeworks 7:15 and 8:00pm.
Cyclerides.com Bike Night at Westgate
Bike Night at Westgate Entertainment District will begin our 9th Fall
Season with 11 nights total on Friday, September 8th from 5pm - 9pm. Yes,
you read that correct, Friday night. Due to interest in Friday nights
last time and some conflict with events at the arena, we have decided
to do the first 7 Cyclerides.com Bike Nights at Westgate on Friday
nights. For those of you putting this in your calendars to keep track,
those dates will be Friday nights from September 8th - October 20th.
Here is where it gets a little tricky. Our
first idea was to do the last 4 nights on Thursday nights and that is
how we were going to proceed. Then Westgate got notified of an event
happening at the arena on Thursday, Nov. 9th. So we are switching that
one night to Friday, November 10th when we will have a big Veteran's
Day celebration at bike night. So the last 4 nights will be on
Thursdays, October 26th, November 2nd and November 16th for the last
night. November 10th will be on a Friday. It was unfortunate that we
couldn't keep all 4 Thursdays in a row, but with all the conflicts
either way, this was the best way to do it.
This is a great excuse for all to get out on the motorcycle and enjoy some
cooler weather especially for evening riding. There was a lot of good
feedback on Friday nights last time as a lot of people used it for a
date night on the motorcycle and were able to stay out a little longer
as for some it isn't a work night.
Thursday, November 2nd: "Skarlett Fever"
Friday, November 10th: "CTS"
Thursday, November 16th: "Kung Fu Grip"
Thanks once again to our presenting sponsors: Arrowhead Harley-Davidson, Ridenow Powersports and Indian Motorcycle Peoria,
And also to our Associate Sponsor: Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers.
For more information, go to the Cyclerides.com Bike Night Page. Here
you will find the bands that will be playing each week and photos
posted throughout the season. I look forward to seeing you all again
for bike night this fall. Westgate
Entertainment District is located at the SE corner of Loop 101 and
Glendale Ave. in Glendale, AZ.
Saturday, November 4th
Arrowhead Harley-Davidson Veterans Appreciation Day. Join us at Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday, November 4th from 10am to 1pm for our Veteran's Appreciation Day!
Free BBQ, Live Band, Bikini Bike Wash, Patch Sewing, Boot Shining, Raffles, Color Guard, Special Guests .
PLUS, 15% off H-D licensed merchandise to all active duty, retired, and veteran military members. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located
at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542.
Saturday, November 4th
Ride for the Warrior Music Festival. Featuring Molly Hatchet, 74th Street Band, Mr. Skynyrd
and many more. Ride for the Warrior presents the sixth annual Ride for
the Warrior Music Festival fundraiser; Friday and Saturday, November
3-4, 2017 at Paul Mason Sportsplex in Casa Grande, AZ. Bring the family
and enjoy 2 days of back-to-back music, kids zone, fireworks, food
court, vendors, veterans organizations, free parking - No Host Dry
camping (Donations Accepted) and more. Holiday Inn Casa Grande is
offering special room rates for Ride for the Warrior attendees. Click Here for full schedule of bands for the 2 days.
Saturday, November 11th
Veterans Day Blood Drive. Join Arrowhead Harley-Davidson on Saturday,
November 11th from 10am to 1pm for their Veterans Day Blood
Drive! American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be onsite from 9am - 4pm.
*Bikini Bike Wash (last bike wash of the season)
*Free Lunch & Ice Cream
*DJ *Boot Shining
*Raffles - proceeds benefiting Nation of Patriots - Arizona
15% off H-D licensed merchandise to all active duty, retired, and veteran military members.
MIND-BLOWING MARKDOWNS on all pre-owned MOTORCYCLES!
To schedule your appointment
for the blood drive, please call: 1-800-733-2767 or visit
redcrossblood.org and use Sponsor Code: harleydavidsonpeoria. Arrowhead Harley-Davidson is located
at 16130 N. Arrowhead Fountain Center Dr. in Peoria, AZ. 623-247-5542..
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