Riding for VeteransJillian Decker
John Longo’s Cross-Country Ride Raises Funds for Our Veterans
By Jillian Decker, Director of Development
There is an undeniable connection between Vietnam Veterans and motorcycles. From the loud, beloved tradition of Rolling Thunder riding to raise awareness of POW/MIA accountability of all wars to active participation in various civilian motorcycle clubs, our Veterans have long shared a special bond with their bikes.
It feels appropriate then that a new fundraising project, spearheaded by local New Jerseyan John Longo, would take the form of a cross-country motorcycle ride. Longo’s ride to honor his father Angelo Longo, a World War II Marine Veteran, will take him from Sea Girt, NJ to San Diego, CA along the Lincoln Highway in less than two weeks. Longo kicks off his ride on Sunday, September 22nd and anticipates to end in California on October 3rd.
You may RSVP online here to stay updated with Longo’s ride. All proceeds from his ride will benefit United States Veterans; Longo has directed all donations to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation and Helmets to Hardhats. The NJVVMF is honored to be a recipient of John Longo’s Lincoln Highway Ride for Veterans. Donations can be made online here; please reference the “John Longo Ride” in the Honoree’s Name section of the form. Checks may also be mailed to NJVVMF, 1 Memorial Lane, Holmdel, NJ 07733.
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The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation operates both the Memorial dedicated to the 1,562 men and one woman who lost their lives in the Vietnam War and the Vietnam Era Museum & Education Center, the only museum in the country dedicated to telling the history of the Vietnam conflict both in-country and at home. Come visit our unique and powerful site for yourself. Our Vietnam Veteran Tour Guides are on-site Tuesday-Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM for free guided tours of the Memorial and to provide personal insight into the Vietnam Era.