VFW hosts Memorial Day ride

FL the first stop in state event

 

VFW Post 4210 Commander Roger Fredsall accepts a commemorative medallion from Ride for Healing Delta Team leader David Adams at the rally in Forest Lake.  (Photo by Clint Riese)

VFW Post 4210 Commander Roger Fredsall accepts a commemorative medallion from Ride for Healing Delta Team leader David Adams at the rally in Forest Lake. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Uncooperative weather may have dampened the turnout for the Minnesota VFW Ride for Healing rally in Forest Lake on Memorial Day, but it did not affect the spirit of those involved.

Post 4210 was among a select group of posts being visited this week as teams of veterans journey from the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Memorial in St. Paul to the corners of the state on motorcycles. The first-time event ends with a two-day rally in Brainerd. The Ride for Healing is the project of choice of this year’s VFW State Commander Lee Ulferts. While all veterans were welcome to take part, the ride is being made in honor of Vietnam veterans.

The Delta Team, riding through the northeast route, made Forest Lake its first stop Monday afternoon. The local post provided lunch and a cake. Delta Team coordinator David Adams of Vadnais Heights gave a speech and presented commemorative T-shirts to veterans.

The former member of the VFW National Council of Administration apologized on behalf of the state VFW for any mistreatment it showed to Vietnam veterans upon their return. Vietnam vets had to fight two wars, Adams said, the one in Southeast Asia and the fight for respect on home soil.

“Our country blamed the warrior and we have lived that ever since,” Adams said.

The Delta Team continued to Isanti and will meet the three other teams in Brainerd tomorrow, May 31. The event will raise funds for an education center to be built at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.

Motorcycles line the VFW parking lot for the Memorial Day program Monday. (Photo by Clint Riese)

Motorcycles line the VFW parking lot for the Memorial Day program Monday. (Photo by Clint Riese)

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