2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride for the Legion August 13

Community News

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, August 11, 2016

The 2nd Annual Motorcycle Ride for the Legion will be held on Aug. 13.

Hosted by Veterans Enterprises Corp, the ride will take participants around the area while raising money for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 Petawawa.

The event is scheduled for 1 p.m., after the 70th Devil’s Brigade Reunion memorial service, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Petawawa Cenotaph. The ride celebrates this reunion as well as the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR).

“We want to support the Legion, but we also want to support the Devil’s Brigade too,” said Organizer Alex Laroque.

The route has not yet been determined, but it will most likely loop into Pembroke and onto Highway 17. It should take about an hour or so to complete. Last year, over a hundred motorcycles joined in. Laroque believes that number may be higher as veterans and dignitaries will be coming to the region to participate in the 70th Reunion.

He pointed out that though the ride supports the morning event, it is technically separate. Those who want to participate in the reunion do not have to participate in the motorcycle ride, or vice versa.

Laroque added the ride is just their way of showing support to Canadian veterans en masse. He found that many people strongly believe in the cause and were willing to help set up the event, participate and donate to the Legion. He doesn’t have a specific goal in mind for the event as he just hopes to see it grow year by year. “People really just want to give back in Petawawa and Pembroke,” he said. “They are very supportive of the cause.”

Following the ride, everyone is invited to join in a barbecue. It does cost $25 to participate in the ride, and funds are returned to the Legion to help cover their various expenses. “There is still a big need for (the Legion) to be around,” said Laroque.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please go directly to the Legion or call 613-401-9685.