- May 31, 2019
-- Members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) conducted their annual Ride to the Wall memorial motorcycle ride on Saturday, May 25 in memory and tribute of the servicemen lost in Vietnam. The ride originated in Fairfax, Virginia and concluded at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, where members paid their respects and laid a wreath in honor of the fallen. In its final year, Ride to the Wall, had 750 motorcycles and 1,100 CVMA members and their family members, from across the country who participated in the memorial ride to pay tribute to the fallen.
"We want to pay our respects for those that were not fortunate to make it home. We, of all people, know what they went through in combat, the sacrifices they made, as well as the sacrifices of their family. Those that stand beside me and rode here today, we were fortunate enough to come home, but we will not let those that did not get that opportunity to be forgotten" said Jay "Warden" Proctor, Commanding Officer of CVMA Chapter 27-2, in regard to the memorial ride. Proctor continued, "we will say their names. We are indebted to them."
CVMA Chapter 27-2, the chapter responsible for planning the annual event, is a nonprofit charitable organization, based out of Garrisonville, Virginia, and encompasses the entire Northern Virginia area, is committed to helping local veterans. Chapter members, totaling 250 in the Northern Virginia area, are veterans themselves that have served in combat operations, from Vietnam through the current Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, some of whom are even continuing to serve our Country. CVMA members are veterans who ride motorcycles as a hobby and have a passion for helping our Country's brave men and women who have served and who continue to serve to protect our freedoms. The motto of the CVMA is Vets helping Vets. In the past eight years CVMA Chapter 27-2 has been able to raise and donate over $167,000 to help support issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) for veterans within Virginia. https://www.cvma27-2.org/