VFW Ride for Healing Rally in Menahga Thursday
By Anna Erickson
Menahga is preparing for the VFW Ride for Healing Rally that will make a stop in the town Thursday, May 30.
All veterans and the community are invited to the rally and celebration set for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30 along Highway 71 through Menahga.
The VFW Post 6206 is hosting a lunch for the riders.
Menahga VFW Commander Ron Paulbicke said that he was too young to remember the Vietnam War.
“I know they did not receive the welcome they deserve when they returned home,” he said at Monday’s Memorial Day service in Menahga.
Paulbicke encourages everyone to show support for Vietnam veterans and veterans from all wars by attending the rally Thursday morning.
The Ride for Healing is a large-scale event intended to honor the sacrifice and service of the entire state of Minnesota’s Vietnam veterans. Additionally, the state VFW group is calling for donations to help build an education center at the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The Ride for Healing includes five teams of motorcycle riders and classic car drivers leaving from five regions of the state and meeting up in Brainerd on May 31. Along the way, the five teams are stopping at rally points where local celebrations and ceremonies are held, including the stop in Menahga.
“As a combat wounded veteran of Vietnam, I see this as a ‘healing’ process and the welcome home that many Vietnam veterans never received,” said State VFW Commander Lee Ulferts. “The education center at the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial will house the legacy of the Vietnam veterans and their sacrifices.”
Ulferts served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968-70. He earned his eligibility for the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a rifleman with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division in South Vietnam in 1969. Ulferts was wounded in action and awarded the Purple Heart Medal as a result.
Event details and are available at www.rideforhealing.com.