The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) Riders is a motorcycle association made up of VFW and VFW Auxiliary members. We are an association within the VFW that enjoys the pastime of riding motorcycles. Male or female members in good standing are welcome.
It is our goal to protect and contribute to the unassailable image of the VFW within our community. We welcome your participation and contributions to the VFW, veterans and our community.
VFW Riders meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm in Post 2503. You may contact us at 'firstname.lastname@example.org' or via the 'Contact Us' page on this site. Join us and make a difference.
The Riders application Form can be updated online and printed via your web browser. Please do not save changes to the form when you are done with the application. Thank you !
VFW Riders Post 2503 Run to the Rock 2012
Rolling Thunder 2010
3000 vetetans on motorcycles from across the USA paraded in Washington D.C., the Sunday before Memorial Day 2010, while a solitary, saluting Marine greeted them on Constitution Avenue... The Marine stood at salute for 3 straight hours, while the parade of roaring bikes kept on coming....
It is held in remembrance of those who've fallen in the military.... The event is called Rolling Thunder... The camera is on the Marine a lot... Watch his struggles with his emotions, and his struggles with holding that salute... The way he salutes is very moving... His head lowered, his eyes down, in reverence for the fallen... It got to be overwhelming for him...
And the tears started flowing... Watch what he says when he finally breaks, but keeps right on holding that salute...
Rolling Thunder is an annual motorcycle rally that is held in Washington, DC during the Memorial Day weekend to call for the government's recognition and protection of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs). The tribute to American war heroes started out in 1988 with 2,500 participants. Now approximately 900,000 participants and spectators are involved with this annual demonstration in Washington, DC. Rolling Thunder celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
VFW Riders - Freedom Rock and 'Ride with the 40' 2009
The pictures below were taken from a ride to visit the Freedom Rock located in Iowa AND pictures of the VFW Post 2503 Rider led escort of the 'Ride with the 40' group ( http://www.ridewiththe40.org/) who were traveling from Newark to San Francisco to approximate the flight path of Flight 93 which was brought down in Pennsylvania on 9/11/01. The brother and cousin of one of the passengers were part of a group of 5 motorcyclists who rode across country to raise funds for the Flight 93 memorial. VFW Riders and others met them near Avoca, Iowa and escorted them into Omaha where Woodmen of the World presented them with a $5000.00 check. VFW Riders and others escorted the group the next day from Omaha to west Nebraska.
When you see us moving past you quickly:
Don't take offense or think we're trying to "show off". Ninety five percent of the time, we're trying to get out of your blind spot or taking ourselves out of a potential dangerous situation that has evolved around us. Distancing ourselves from you does not mean we want to race, but that we're giving ourselves the edge we need at the moment.
When you hear our horn:
Don't take offense or think we're trying to aggravate you. All we're doing is letting you know where we are in relation to you on the road, and we're more than likely aware of your inattentiveness to us while you're talking on a cell phone, eating, reading or involved in some other distracting aspect to your driving. It's important to us, and you, that you know we're there.
When you hear our loud pipes:
Don't become angry and hostile toward us. Yes, some are quite loud, but for some, there's a purpose behind being loud. It's about letting you know we're close by and we're constantly hoping that our investment in this accessory will help save our lives. Our pipes are really not about our ego...it's a pride and personalization to our form of transportation.
When you see us in our clothes:
Don't become fearful of us or think us weird. Our leather jackets, chaps, gloves and boots are the barriers between loosing massive amounts of flesh should something cause us to go down...nothing more, nothing less. Safety gear is paramount to our riding. We wear patches on our jackets, and pins on our vests. These are symbols of pride and honor within our group(s), individuals giving back to those who gave. These things bond us as a brotherhood and sisterhood among bikers. Not that we're better than anyone else, but that we have the same kind of nobility and pride in our accomplishments as you may have in the various aspects of your life. I guess one could say; our patches and pins are the decals and the bumper stickers of our involvement with society and the general public, of which we are very pleased to be a part of in our own little way.
When you see us in a restaurant:
You don't have to shield your child or feel intimidated. We have family, wives, husbands, children and loved ones too, just like you. We smile; we laugh and enjoy the moments we have. We are approachable, and would befriend you, if given the opportunity.
When you see us in a parking lot:
Don't convince yourself that we're there to "get you". More than likely, we just finished a long ride and are taking a break. Or, we may be meeting up with other riders for a charity run for young children, or another very worthy cause. We may just be admiring one another's bikes, sharing our pride with other brothers and sisters, just like you do with your personal vehicle. It's what we do...it's a part of our lives, and we'd be more than welcome to share with you what riding a bike is all about...if you'd only ask.
When you see aggressive riding bikers:
Don't put us all in the same stereotypical category as those whose behavior and actions would cause you to react in disgust and intolerance. Many of us do not agree with this style of riding either, and we know and understand that human nature tends to blend us all together as the "same group". Most of us don't want that title...and don't deserve it.
When you see a group of bikers on the roadways:
Give us the courtesy of sharing the road with you. Please don't "move in" between several bikers in formation. This gets us very excited and nervous, especially when it's done with no due regard for our safety. Provide us with your awareness of the fact that we are much more vulnerable than you. We don't want to challenge you, for all of us are wise enough to know...we'd lose that battle.
When you are turning left or entering a roadway/highway:
Look, then look again...and then one more time. For we can be easily hidden, and appear to be invisible by such things as a telephone pole, another vehicle, bright lights or the glare of the sun...or possibly, the beads hanging from your rearview mirror, among numerous other items that are displayed there. If you see us flashing our lights at you or blowing our horn, we're only trying to ensure that you will see us before tragedy changes both our lives.
When you are behind us:
Please give us the room we need and don't tailgate us. If you hit us, we're going down...HARD! We don't want to play games with you, we just want to enjoy the ride and the fresh air, and experience that which many of you have never lived for. If we accelerate away from you, don't interpret this action as though we want to drag race you. We're only trying to take ourselves out of a bad situation if you insist on being too close.
When, and if, you experience road rage:
Don't take it out on us just because we're smaller than you and more vulnerable. Think about what you're doing and the end result that may become a reality. The consequences of your actions and choices could be very detrimental to our well being, our families, our children and our loved ones. Yes, there are those that can tend to piss you off, however, rage towards them will not solve the issues, but accentuate them. Nine out of ten bikers will do everything they can to take themselves out of that situation without causing you or them harm.
When you have an opportunity to talk to us:
You'll discover, outside any influenced or stereotypical mindset you may have, that we are just as human as you are, just with different interests and toys. Many of us would give you the shirt off our back if it would tend to brighten your day or console you in some way. We're really no different... and we drive cars, trucks and vans too. So, meet us and greet us...I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that you'll be met with open arms.