Local News Wednesday June 9th 2010
Riding to Remember
Rally Recalls Canada's Fallen Soldiers
CAV Memorial Ride set to draw thousands to Sappers Park
CAV Vice president, Barry aka "Brutus" Drews, will be riding to remember Canada's soldiers who've fallen in Afghanistan.
Since 2002, 149 Canadian troops have died. The latest casualty was Combat Engineer Regiment Sergeant Martin Goudreault, 35, from Ontario. Goudreault, who was on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol roughly 15 km southwest of Kandahar city. Ironically, it happened on June 6, D-Day.
This Saturday June 12, thousands of onlookers are expected to be at Sappers Memorial Park to watch as hundreds of bikers, cars and trucks roll in for the 3rd Canadian Army Veterans Rider Group (CAV) Memorial Ride.
The rally, which starts in Vancouver at Trev Deeley's, is in support of Canadian troops who have fallen in the line of duty and also for the families who have lost their loved ones.
Leading the Memorial Ride, will be CAV UBIQUE UNIT Vice President Barry aka "Brutus" Drews.
Drews told the Voice, that BC has lost ten soldiers to-date and that hopefully at least six Silver Cross mothers, or family representatives, will be in attendance at the rally.
"We set this up for the Silver Cross families who lost their sons and daughters in conflict in Afghanistan," he said. "The money raised on the run is also for soldiers who come home injured."
CAV also supports the Association For Injured Motorcyclists (AIM) an organization who provide legal and rehabilitation guidance to accident victims. Additionally they provide vocational guidance to those who cannot return to their former occupation after an accident and also visit people in the hospitals, bringing them reading materials or helping take care of TV rentals and any special equipment required.
Everyone is welcome to join the Canadian Army Veterans for the 3rd C.A.V. Memorial Ride for the Fallen. The ride leaves Trev Deeley's at 9:30 a.m. and the cost is $20 per bike/vehicle. Pre-register here. Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. at Sappers Cenotaph on Vedder.
After the ceremony everyone is invited to a social gathering at the Canadian Military Education Centre located in building 1011 at the old Supply/Quarter Master warehouse which is at the end of Dieppe Street on the corner of Petawawa Rd.
The next CAV ride will be at the July 1 Canada Day celebrations at Heritage Park. Then on July 24, they will having their 2nd Annual Canadian Military Education Centre fundraiser.
Donations that are collected will go to the Wounded Warriors Foundation Fund and to help the Silver Cross Mothers and their families.
For more information or how to donate visit:
CBC's "live" list of fallen soldiers go here.
Thanks for looking.