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Motorists to Pay Tribute to Vietnam Vets Sat. with 100mi Ride


This Saturday motorists will honor New York’s Vietnam veterans with a tribute ride along New York 38 – the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway of Valor.

The event is sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapters 377, 480, 707, and Blue Knights Chapter 17. Harvey Baker with Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 377 told Finger Lakes News Radio about the itinerary for the 100-mile ride.

“We’re a mile from the Pennsylvania border going all the way up to Lake Ontario, cutting through the center of the state,” Baker said.

Registration for the event can be done at the Owego Fire Academy from 8:00-10:00a on Saturday. The ride begins at 11:00a at the academy and will follow Rt 38 to Groton, the hometown of Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient 2LT Terrence Graves.

After stopping for food and gas at the Groton American Legion, the ride will proceed to Cayuga County where it will pass near Pine Hill Cemetery in Throop, the final resting place of SP4 Robert F Stryker, another Medal of Honor recipient who lost his life during the Vietnam War.

The ride will follow Rt 38 to its northern terminus in Sterling. From there, the ride will continue to its end at the American Legion in the Village of Hannibal.

Now in its 16th year, ride was originally intended for motorcycles; however, Harvey Baker added that cars and trucks are welcome to participate.

“We don’t discourage people in other vehicles who want to get involved with the ride because it’s really to honor New York State veterans and the veterans who gave their lives in Vietnam and veterans who served in the state,” said Baker.

For more information on the ride, contact Harvey Baker at 607-351-9919 or Dan Baker at 607-229-8153.

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