Fraser Valley Veteran’s Rally salutes servicemen and women
August 15, 2008
Patriotism and recognizing the sacrifices of U.S. servicemen and women are the main goals of the 16th Annual Salute to American Veterans Rally & Festival taking place in Winter Park and Fraser this weekend.Its scheduled events, featured live musical performances and patriotic displays are all free to the public, who are encouraged to attend to show their support for Americas veterans. The rally and festival, which kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday, includes a main street military parade in downtown Winter Park, followed by the arrival of the 21st Annual POW/MIA motorcycle ride on Saturday. The Fraser Valley Sports Complex will be the site for the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall as well as other displays and ceremonies throughout the weekend.Musical performances by top entertainers including Molly Hatchet, The Inman Brothers Band, Bad Company featuring lead singer Brain Howe and Brethren Fast will take place at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park. The schedule of events for the rally includes:Friday morning 9-11 a.m., vendors set up and remain open all day; 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Vietnam Memorial Wall on display in Fraser; 8 a.m., Veterans Poker Run registration at the Vietnam Memorial Wall; 9 a.m. -6 p.m., official rally merchandise on sale at Hideaway Park and the Vietnam Memorial Wall in FraserFriday afternoon/evening 3 p.m., Veterans Poker Runs last bike in; 4 p.m., Veterans Poker Run Awards at Hideaway Park; 5:30 p.m., Opening Ceremony and Stories From The Wall; 7 p.m., Blessing of the Bikes at The Wall; 9 p.m., Brethen Fast live at the Winter Park Pub; all day, CNN Warrior One on displaySaturday morning 7 to 10 a.m., POW/MIA Recognition Ride registration at the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby; 7-10 a.m., Pancake Breakfast at the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Official Rally merchandise on sale at Hideaway Park and the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Fraser; 9 a.m., vendor area opens; 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Vietnam Memorial Wall on display in Fraser; 9 a.m., Veterans Parade assembly at Winter Park; 10 a.m., Official Rally Beer Garden opens at Hideaway Park; 10:15 a.m., POW/MIA Ride leaves the Inn at SilverCreek in Granby; 10:45 a.m., POW/MIA Ride arrives in Winter Park; 11 a.m., Veterans Parade in downtown Winter Park Saturday afternoon/evening Noon, POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony at Hideaway Park (includes guest speakers, numerous flyovers, dedications and a performance by the U.S. Armys Harmony in Motion singing group); 1:30-3 p.m., Street Survivor live in Hideaway Park; 1:30-3:30 p.m., S.L. Motorcycle Stunt Team; 1:45, 4 & 6:30 p.m., Free Range Regulators gunfight re-enactments; 3:30-5 p.m., Brian Howe live at Hideaway Park; 4 p.m., Ride of Honor and Wall Touching Ceremony at The Wall; 4 p.m., U.S. Armys Harmony in Motion singing group with Colorado Highlanders Pipes & Drums; 4 p.m., High Country Stampede Jr. Rodeo & Western Barbecue at Frasers John Work Arena; 5:30-7:30 p.m., Shark with Spankin Whitey live in Hideaway Park; 7 p.m., High Country Stampede Rodeos Main Performance; 9 p.m., Brethren Fast live at the Winter Park Pub; 9 p.m., Candlelight Ceremony at The Wall in FraserSunday morning 9 a.m.-5 p.m., vendor area opens; 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Vietnam Memorial Wall on display in Fraser; 9 a.m., Harmony in Motion U.S. Army singing group at Hideaway Park; 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Tattoo Competition sign up at Winter Park Pub; 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Slopeside live in Hideaway Park; 10 a.m., Official Rally Beer Garden opens in Hideaway Park; 10 a.m., Sunday Memorial Service at The Wall in Fraser; 11 a.m., Wall Touching Ceremony and Ride of Honor at The Wall in Fraser; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., The Inman Brothers live in Hideaway Park; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., S.L. Motorcycle Stunt Team; 11:45 a.m., Blessing of the Bikes at The Wall in FraserSunday afternoon 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m. & 4:15 p.m., Free Range Regulators gunfight re-enactments; 1 p.m., Closing Ceremonies at The Wall in Fraser; 1:30 to 3 p.m., Molly Hatchet live in Hideaway Park; 2 p.m., 13th annual Tattoo Competition at Winter Park Pub; 3:30-5 p.m., Brethren Fast live in Hideaway Park; 5:30 p.m., Tattoo Competition Award Ceremony at Winter Park Pub.For more information on the American Veterans Rally & Festival, call the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce at 726-4118.