If you would like to schedule an appearance of the finished POW/MIA motorcycle, please email me.
We can start touring with the bike to shows, etc. to help bring about the POW/MIA Awareness
This is my quest! And I'm living it!! Thanks to alot of great friends and a wonderful family.
SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES~~2007
The POW/MIA Motorcycle will be showing in Freehold, NY along side the POW/MIA "Traveling Wall" for the Northeast
Vietnam Veterans Reunion association from July 26th to July
31. They have invited me down with the bike and have
promised me 24/7 security on it. The "WALL" will be displayed at the Freehold, NY Fire Dept. in the beautiful Catskill
Mountains. I have since joined the association and our web site is www.nevietvets.us
You ought to come down, it's sponsored by Nam vets but is open to ALL veterans regardless what service
they belong too. And don't say you can't afford it...EVERYTHING is FREE. The campground, the entertainment and all the
food you can eat and soft drinks you can handle. Alcohol is allowed but it's a BYOB type of thing. They used to
have a whole beer truck there for free, but now everyone is getting older and they decided not to forgo that price again.
They had between 1,500 and 2,000 vets show up last year at the 7th annual reunion. A lot of them are Bikers of
all kinds!!! Check out the great aerial photos on the web site.
On Feb 10th and 11th, the bike is appearing at the Syracuse
Fairgrounds at the annual Big Bike Swap Meet. This is the only one of it's kind anywhere
up here. These are the only dates this year and guys come here by the truckloads. If you don't make in the door
after the first half hour, then don't bother coming, it gets that crowded!!! And, after a few beers, we're hoping they
get even more happy to buy a ticket. We pray that we can sell a couple of hundred tickets if not more in two days!!!
I will be displaying the bike along with my buddy Joe who painted it. We are in the second booth on the right as you
come in the main entrance. What a great place to be!!! Joe makes out great every year selling his cleaning and
other products and Jeremy sell lots of merchandise!!! Thanks and if you fell like driving up, it's one hell of a show!!!
Bye bye, brother Nick.
I've been invited to the North Eastern Vietnam Vets
Organization to attend their annual reunion down in the Catskill Mountain resort area. It's all for free, the food,
drinks and even the campground. Last year they had almost 2,000 people there. It's open mainly to Nam vets but
they told me that ANY vet is welcome. They have even had civilian guests who just belive in our causes attend.
They will be hosting one of the moving WALLs and have requested that I bring the bike down. It's in the end of July.
I'm bringing my family with me. You really ought to come down and relax with people of our own kind!!!
There is so much to do there I can't wait. I'm joining
the organization too. I'm staying at a nearby Lodge since my camping days are over. The Lodge is owned
by a Nam vet who is on the board of the organization. Go to the web site and check it out.
SCHEDULE OF APPEARANCES/INFORMATION
May 29th, riding in the huge Town of Camillus
Memorial Day Parade. The Mayor of the Village was very happy to have me in the parade. I am just about the only
individual that is riding by himself, without out a group or float.
Things are going great here, had my interview with a new reporter that covers this part of the county.
It was supposed to come out in the Thursday "Neighbor's West" paper insert, but she said her editor saw her storyline and
now wants to go with a main story in the main paper on Memorial Day itself. The photographer is coming out Monday to
take the photos for the paper. I will have the bike at my VVA#103 "Watchfire" next Sunday and on the next day at the
Memorial Day parade. Requests are starting to roll in now and things are getting busy. The web site has helped
out a great deal and I was even written to the person arraigning the POW/MIA museum at the USAF museum in DC. They wanted
me to bring the bike down but I can't do it now. So they have included out link on their web site. Things are
starting to move Di and I have you to thank for it. I will send you more photos as we get them in. Take care,
brother Nick in NY.
Saturday the 12th of June, at Drivers Village in No. Syracuse
from 10 to 4 pm. This is a huge auto mall and they are having a large car show and called the other day to have
the bike there too.
I think one and all can see the big bucket in the pictures; that was meant for any donations. 75,000
people attended this weekend event. Should have been alot of donations gathered, right? I mean, at least enough
to have covered expenses of the trip, right? WRONG! A GRAND TOTAL of $4.00 was donated. Read it correctly
everyone FOUR DOLLARS.
Have America's People TRULY forgotten our POW/MIAs?
And the Eagle Cries.......
I WILL be at the Syracuse Nationals Car. We set up on Wednesday the 12th and will
start on Thursday the 13th until Sunday the 16th. Oh, the request for the bike on the 22nd is still a go at the Wynnmore Hotel in DeWitt, NY for the POW/MIA families set up through the Department
of Defense in DC. This is more or less a private matter, but I asked if I could have people come and see the
bike too and he said under the circumstances (probably being free to them), that they wouldn't mind. That is at 12 to 1:30PM on that Saturday...weather permitting. The car show goes
all day up to about nine or ten at night. Thanks again...things are still rolling along. Oh, my bike will be display
next to Tony McKeen's custom Buell. Tony is the technician who was in the photo with me and did most of the work on the bike.
Hey Nick, I finally got the chance to go to your website and see the bike all
together. I also saw the article in the paper. I cut one out to save. I'd like to know if you'd like to display your bike
at the Syracuse street rod nationals
13th -15th of July. I will having a booth display for some products, and I'd
like your bike to be in the booth. Let me know if you 're interested and available. I hope all is well in the new house.
Just read a story about you in the Syracuse paper. The work you've done on your Harley is amazing,
and will serve to remind everyone that we should never forgot those who are still MIA.
I have two items for you.
The Department of Defense will be hosting about 100 family members of MIAs in Syracuse on Saturday, July 22.
This is one of a series of more than 100 such meetings we've held for families across the country since 1995.
Through this program, we've had face-to-face contact with more than 12,000 family members. The families attending will
learn about the worldwide mission to account for their loved ones, as well as specific details about the investigations into
their cases. Having read the article about you and your Harley, I thought I'd suggest to you that you might want to
show it to the assembled families and government POW/MIA specialists who will be there. We have a lunch break 1200-1330
on Saturday, July 22, and our meeting will be at the Wyndham Hotel in East Syracuse. Pls let me know if we should be
on the lookout for you.
The second item concerns the annual meeting of the National League of Families, here in Washington. It's June
21-24 here in Arlington, Virginia, and I
know they would welcome you with open arms if you could display your Harley during their annual meeting. This is a group
of families, SEA-only, which was formed by the wives and friends of those who were POW or MIA during the war. If you're
considering coming down for that, please call the Executive Director of the League, Ms. Ann Mills Griffiths at (703)
xxx-XXXX. She and I were just talking about you today, both of us having read the article.
Director of Public Affairs
POW/Missing Personnel Office
2400 Defense Pentagon
Washington DC 20301-2400
Harley-Davidson Supports Traveling Wall
Contact: Lisa Gough
HARLEY-DAVIDSON FOUNDATION INCREASES SUPPORT
FOR THE WALL THAT HEALS
Washington, D.C.‚€”The Harley-Davidson Foundation has doubled its support for The
Wall That Heals, bringing its total donation for 2006 to $50,000, announced Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president
of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which operates the mobile exhibit.
The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. This
traveling exhibit enables many thousands of Americans to have the educational, emotional and healing experience of The Wall
in their own communities.
A national sponsor of The
Wall That Heals since 2001, the Harley-Davidson Foundation has, in years past, contributed $25,000 a year to help
defray the many expenses involved in operating this traveling exhibit. However, normal wear and tear has made it necessary
to replace the replica. So, for 2006, Harley-Davidson has doubled its contribution, donating an extra $25,000 to help pay
for construction of the new traveling wall.
‚€œWe salute Harley-Davidson
Motor Company for its long-standing commitment to America‚€™s Vietnam veterans,‚€Ě said Scruggs. ‚€œThe
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is grateful to the company and to the people who use Harley-Davidson products for helping the
Memorial Fund continue our mission of education and healing.‚€Ě
The Wall That Heals also features a Traveling Museum and Information Center. The Museum chronicles the
Vietnam War era and the unique healing power of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, while the Information Center serves as a venue
for people to learn about friends and loved ones lost in the war.
The new Wall That Heals will
be unveiled on the Lenior-Rhyne College campus in Hickory, N.C., on April 6-9. For a complete 2006 tour schedule, click here.