- Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Park
Annual Hillsborough County Memorial Day Weekend Observance is Sunday, May 26 All are welcome to remember lives lost in service to our country Hillsborough County, Fla. (May 22, 2019) – Hillsborough County Consumer & Veterans Services and the Veterans Council of Hillsborough County will host their 22nd annual Memorial Day weekend observance on Sunday, May 26, at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum, 3602 U.S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa. The community is invited to join in honoring U.S. military men and women from all branches of service who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year’s keynote speaker is Brigadier General Johnnie Johnson Jr., Deputy Director of Operations at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), MacDill Air Force Base. Gold Star family members also will offer local perspectives on the meaning of Memorial Day. In addition to a color guard, rifle salute, wreath ceremony, and playing of taps, the event will feature patriotic music and refreshments. Bleacher seating will be available; attendees also are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Admission to the park and museum are free. If you cannot make it to Bushnell on Monday, this is an excellent opportunity to pay your respects. I will be the 301 Diner at 9:00am for breakfast if anyone wants to join me.
- Whimsical Florida Ride #3
Whimsical Florida Ride #3! Nice local ride full of local Florida Thrills, Adventure and History. Cost for Wild Things is Min $20. Museum is FREE. ROUTES: Depart 301 Diner: Hwy 301 to MLK MLK to Kingsway Kingsway to Thonotosassa Rd Thonotosassa Rd to Taylor/Ft. King HWY Ft. King Hwy to Knights Griffin Rd Knights Griffin to Macintosh Rd Macintosh Rd to Hwy 301 North Hwy 301 to Chancey Rd Chancey Rd to 6th St. to Zhills Museum Depart Zhills Museum: Hwy 301/Gall Blvd to Ft. King Rd Ft. King Rd to Lock Street to Wild Things Depart Wild Things: Lock St. to Hwy 301 Hwy 301 to Old Lakeland Hwy/CR53A CR35A to Chancey Rd Chancey Rd to CR 39 CR 39 to Sam Allen Rd Sam Allen Rd to Winery Timeline: 9:30am – Depart 301 Diner 10:30am – Arrive Zhills Military Museum 11:40am – Depart Museum 11:45am – Arrive AMVETS in Zhills: Drink/Snack 12:15pm – Depart AMVETS 12:40pm – Arrive Wild Things 1:00pm – Wild Things Gate Opens 1:30pm – Start Tour 2:30pm – Depart Wild Things Zoo 3:00pm – Arrive Winery
- Veterans Urn Project Memorial Dice Run
Riders: For those of you not going to the Boots on the Ground ride in Jacksonville area with STAR and I; here is another local Veterans motorcycle event you can support that same weekend. We have supported this event before and it is a great cause. Urns made by Veterans for Veterans who are homeless or just unwanted and have no family to bury them. These Urns with Serevice logos and provide the deceased Veteran the dignity of not being buried in a cardboard box. It is hosted by AMVETS Post 44 in Plant City (5221 E. SR 60, Plant City). Registration starts at 9:30 and KSU is 10:30am. Cost is $15 each rider. If some of you decide to go, please take a group photo and post it.
- Boots on the Ground Ride
Riders: This event is an overnight ride. The ride starts in Jacksonville and is unique among Charites. The Boots on the Ground Charity is one where they set a pair of boots (Combat, Law Enforcement and Firefighter) on the ground to represent those killed since 9/11. There are thousands of boots laid out through out the area each with an American Flag, a picture and Bio of the person that set of boots represents. This is a great video riding through the 1000’s of boots and truly brings home the people who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms. The URL for this event is: https://www.facebook.com/events/1187763984707464/?active_tab=about. Information about the event is below. Hosted by American Legion Riders Chapter 9, Flamingo Lake RV Resort and Dick’s Wings. LOCATION: 3640 Newcomb Road, Jacksonville FL 32218. To support K9s For Warriors, The Florida Fallen Hero Memorial Fund and Trees for American Troops. Come out and honor and support this Nations Veterans, their families and memorialize your Fallen Heroes while supporting this great cause. Registration at Flamingo Lake: 8:30am KSU at 11:00. Live Music by Jacksonville's best bands as well as a performance by the Jacksonville Firefighters Pipe and Drum Corp. Special Guest Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers, known as The Saluting Marine, will be going on tour through 16 major cities across the U.S paying tribute to our Military/Veterans & Patriots leading up to his Annual Salute in DC over Memorial Day weekend! He will be joining the 7th Annual Boots on the Ground Poker Run event in Jacksonville on Fri & Sat May 11 & 12! We will be leaving the Tampa area on Friday morning at 10:00am from WAWA in Brandon and take Hwy 301 North to Hwy 48 and Hwy 48 to Hwy 441. Then Hwy 44 North into Deland. After that we will take Hwy 17 North to I-295 were we will again take Hwy 17 North to Hwy 200 East to Fernandina Beach. I will ensure we stop about every 50 miles for a break, and gas. We will eat our lunch in Deland on Main Street and dinner in Fernandina Beach. As I stated before, this ride is an overnighter. We will be getting into Fernandina Beach about 6:30pm. Star and I will be staying at the Comfort Suites in Fernandina Beach (about 15 miles from the event). Below I have listed all the locations you can choose to stay overnight (prices may change due to the event). We will be staying two nights! Amelia Island Williams House - 103 S 9th St, Fernandina Beach (904)[masked] williamshouse.com/ Addison on Amelia Island - 614 Ash St, Fernandina Beach (904)[masked] www.addisononamelia.com/ Fairbanks House - 227 S 7th St, Fernandina Beach (904)[masked] www.fairbankshouse.com/ Hotels Beachside Motel - 3172 S Fletcher Ave, Fernandina Beach (904)[masked] www.beachsidemotel.com/$139▼ Comfort Suites Oceanview, Amelia Island - 2801 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach (904)[masked] www.comfortsuites.com/hotel-fernandina- $90▼ Residence Inn Amelia Island - 2301 Sadler Rd, Fernandina Beach (904)[masked] / $145▼ Seaside Amelia Inn - 2900 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach (904)[masked] www.seasideameliainn.com/- $92▼ We will be incorporating a Sunrise to Sunset TIN BUTT ride on the return trip to Tampa. Sunday morning we rise before the sun, watch it climb into the sky, clean up, eat breakfast, pack and then head out on a 500 mile return trip. Our return location will be Hudson, where we will watch the sun set at Sams Beach Bar. I will be providing each Rider with a “Boots on the Ground Ride Pin” for your efforts, however, in order to qualify for the TIN BUTT it will be $30 from each Rider. For that you will receive the TIN BUTT Ride Pin, License Plate Frame, personalized Certificate and the SUNRISE to SUNSET TIN BUTT patch. So, if you read all through this Ride Narrative, I hope you are as excited about the weekend as we are. If you decide to ride along, I encourage you to make lodging reservations as soon as possible. This event is very well attended and area lodging will fill up.
- Websters Motorcycle Swap Meet
Do you have unwanted motorcycle parts just laying around your house, parts you will never ever use again? If so, would you like to see if you can sell them and pocket the cash? If your answers were “yes” and “yes”, Sunday May 5th 2019 might be your answer. STAR and I will be setting up a table at Websters motorcycle Swap Meet, that day. We have many unwanted motorcycle items laying about around our house, so we figured “why not” try to get rid of as much as we can and recoup some money as well. We invite each of you to one, come along and set up items on our table or on a tarp. Or two, you can drop items off at our house up until May 4th, 2019, place a tag on the item stating your name and how much you want for it (also helpful will be a final amount of how low in price you are willing to go below the tagged price; if at all). STAR and I will keep a log of rider’s items, price as well as your final (lowest price). This would also be a great ride for riders to ride up to Webster and check out other motorcycle related items. If you have not been to Websters before and are not sure where it is and how to get there, you are welcomed to ride behind our vehicle and follow us. Websters is truly the Swap Meet where the “early bird gets the worm”, so we will be departing north to Websters at 6:30am (over and hour ride north). For others who have been there and departing at 6:30am is way too early for you, and you desire to ride up there that day, please, someone take charge and get the group up there safely. Once Websters is over and we sold your item(s), we also invite you to stop by our home and pickup your cash as well as any unsold items. Or, if we sold all of your stuff, you can wait until the next ride you attend, and we will give you your cash then.
- Field of Honor and Gasparilla Concurs d'elegance Ride
The Veterans Council of Hillsborough County invites the community to a Field of Honor Ceremony on Saturday, Apr. 13 at 10 a.m. The event will pay tribute to heroes who lost their lives during the months of January, February and March 2019. Fallen members of law enforcement will also be honored, including a member of the Florida Highway Patrol. Names of the following U.S. military servicemen and servicewomen who made the supreme sacrifice will be read as American flags are placed at the Field of Honor circle: Three casualties from Operation Inherent Resolve (Iraq, Syria and Yemen): one U.S. Army, one U.S. Navy, and one DOD Civilian. Four U. S. Army casualties in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel/Resolute Support NATO) 37 previously unidentified remains of U.S. military members lost during World War II, Korea and Vietnam (formerly listed as missing-in-action, now identified through advancements in mitochondrial DNA research). One U. S. Marine killed during a weapons discharge in Washington, D.C. The Field of Honor will feature a banner presentation by the Greater Tampa Bay Blue Star Mothers of America to a New Port Richey family, plus local Gold Star Families, the Bloomingdale High School Air Force JROTC color guard, patriotic music from VFW Post 8108, and a traditional rifle salute and taps by the Sgt. Walter P. Ryan Detachment 1226 Marine Corps League of Riverview. Be a part of Tampa automotive history by participating in the first ever Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance in Tampa Florida. Held on the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa, nestled between museums and historic University of Tampa. This will be an elegant day with unique cars and motorcycles not seen in other Concours events. All proceeds will benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Gasparilla Concours d’Elegance is a 501c3 Charitable Organization. Lets meet for breakfast at 301 Diner by 9:00am. Our KSU for our ride across the street will be at 9:50am. We will support the Field of Honor and then ride to Curtis Hixon Park and see the first ever Tampa Concurs d'Elegance. Fees to get into the Concurs is $20. Motorcycle wise, this event is supported by the Antique Motorcycle Club Tampa Chapter.
- Salute to the Troops
Welcome to the 3rd Annual Florida Tribute To The Troops Ride and Benefit Concert. We will be visiting families of of our FL Fallen Heroes on both Saturday and Sunday again this year. Our purpose is to let them know that we will never forget the sacrifice their loved one and family have made on behalf of our country. Immediately after the ride on Sunday, we will have dinner with Gold Star families from the area and enjoy a program and concert by Country Music recording artist and Tribute To The Troops co-founder, Rockie Lynne! This is a great opportunity to let these people know that we remember and we care! Hope you can join us! Watch Tribute To The Troops Florida Facebook group as times may change: Saturday, April 13th Check-in - 8am Mandatory Safety Briefing - 9am** Kick Stands Up - 9:30am We will have a lunch stop, please bring cash for your choice Ride will start both days at Brandon Tampa Harley Davidson Sunday, April 14th Check-in - 8am Mandatory Safety Briefing - 9am** Kick Stands Up - 9:30am We will have a lunch stop, lunch is included. Ride will end at Crowne Plaza Westshore on Sunday. Dinner, program and concert will start at 5:30pm - NOT INCLUDED, PURCHASE BELOW! **Safety Briefing is mandatory for all Road Guards and Riders. We want everyone to ride and return safely** Lodging If you need a hotel room, we have a block at Crowne Plaza Westshore. Click here to reserve rooms at our discount rate of $115/night: Room Reservations Location: Staging - Brandon Harley Davidson Dates: Saturday, Apr[masked], 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Sunday, Apr[masked], 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Address: 9841 E Adamo Dr., Tampa, FL 33619 Registration Information IS ON FACEBOOK Mike Sheets is in charge of this event, he can answer any questions.
- Tin Butt ride from Tampa to Everglades and Back!
If you are looking for a personal challenge of a long and epic ride, join us on April 6th for a Tin Butt ride from Tampa to the Everglades and back! The Tin Butt Association certifies rides as a qualifying Tin Butt if they are completed on 2 (or 3) wheels in 12 contiguous hours or less. We will conduct this ride as a group Tin Butt, so the timing and tracking will be completed by the leader, and you do not have to worry about logging or photos to qualify. If you participate on this ride, in its entirety with us, you will have the qualifiers of distance and time accounted for. We will meet at the 301 Family Diner with a KSU of 8 am. (Please arrive early if you plan to eat, and a bit before 8 even if you are not. Arrive with a full tank of gas.) From there, we will take a route that is almost entirely interstate with a gas stop in Sarasota, another in Bonita Springs, and we will stop for lunch at the Miccosukee Restaurant in the Everglades. We will turn around and do that in reverse to return to Brandon, FL within 12 hours. For $30, you can ride with us, and upon completion receive a Tin Butt pin, a certificate of completion, and a Tin Butt motorcycle license plate frame. If you have a passenger, they can also receive a pin and certification for $10 more. (If you need it mailed to you the postage would be added.) Please come along for a Florida Tin Butt. If you do, you will also have enjoyed a full day of riding, during which you will have earned new bragging rights that you met the challenge - and maybe even made a few friends along the way!
- American Legion Riders Centennial Ride
The Patriotic Riders will lead this ride (I will need a good Tailgunner and Blockers). The ride celebrates the American Legion's 100 Year Anniversary, so we will ride 100 miles for their honor. The proceeds from this ride help American Legion Post #375 in Southport that was devastated in our last Hurricane rebuild their Post. You can register ahead of the ride at the link provided in the flyer, or give your money at Post #138 the morning of the ride. We will begin with breakfast at MAMAs Kitchen at 8:00am. Our KSU from MAMAs Kitchen will be 9:00am where we will ride to the Legion Post #138 (about 10 minutes or less). Legion Post #111 Riders will be organizing the ride, but we will lead it. Our ride will be back roads to Mulberry and Lakeland Legion Posts and a stop at a former WWII Airfield (Lodwick) where you will be presented (in front of the WWII Hangers) pictures and a history of Lodwick Airfield. Then we will ride back into Tampa to Legion Post 111, where we will have music and food. This is an important ride to the Veterans of Southport, please come out and support the Legion in their efforts to reconstruct this post. See the full flyer in the pictures section.