VICTORY & VICTORY RIDERS SALUTE THE MILITARY, SUPPORT IAVA WITH ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT MAY
Victory Motorcycles and Victory riders across the U.S. are honoring military personnel and military veterans, and doing their part to support IAVA – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America – with events throughout May. It’s Military Appreciation Month for Victory dealers and riders, and is the month that includes both Armed Forces Day (May 21) and Memorial Day on May 30.
Activities taking place this month at Victory dealerships and beyond include:
– The Road Home Challenge, a month-long fundraising campaign with the goal of raising at least $100,000 for IAVA.
– Military Appreciation Day at participating Victory dealerships across the country on Saturday, May 21, which is Armed Forces Day.
– Victory “Pit Stops” for riders headed to Washington, D.C., for Memorial Day weekend. The Pit Stops are being held at five D.C.-area dealers on Saturday, May 28.
– “The Gunny” will be at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, May 28.
– Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, May 28.
– And Memorial Day 2016 is Monday, May 29, when the nation pauses to remember those who gave all for their country’s enduring freedom.
The Road Home Challenge
Victory Motorcycles is a strategic partner with IAVA, an organization dedicated to empowering and uniting the newest generation of military veterans. As noted in the group’s website (IAVA.org), IAVA “provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations.”
The Road Home Challenge is the month-long fundraising effort being led by Victory raise funds and awareness for IAVA. The first 500 donors will receive exclusive bags of specially branded collectibles.
Military Appreciation Day at Victory Dealerships, May 21
Participating Victory dealers across the country are planning special activities, promotions, and giveaways as part of their Military Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 21. (Activities are planned by each individual dealer.) Stop by and see what’s going on, and if you know a military veteran or someone currently serving, make sure they know about the Victory Hero’s Metal promotion, which provides these individuals with discounts when they buy new Victory motorcycles.
Visit your local Victory dealer to learn more about their plans for Military Appreciation Day.
Victory ‘Pit Stops’ at Select D.C.-area Dealerships
On Saturday, May 28, as tens of thousands of riders from across the country head to Washington, D.C., five Victory dealers in that region will host Victory Pit Stops for traveling riders and local customers alike. As with Military Appreciation Day, each dealer will plan special events for their Pit Stop, including distributing a limited number of special Victory- and IAVA-branded patches.
Victory-IAVA Pit Stops will be held Saturday, May 28, at:
Coleman Powersports in Falls Church, Virginia (435 S. Washington St., www.wherethepoweris.com)
Coleman Powersports in Woodbridge, Virginia (14105 Telegraph Road, www.wherethepoweris.com)
Victory of Southern Maryland (4630 Crain Hwy., White Plains, MD, www.thekustomshoppe.com)
Freedom Powersports (10091 Lincoln Highway, Everett, PA 15537, http://ridefps.com)
‘The Gunny’ at the National Mall, May 28
On Saturday, May 28, riders can join Victory and IAVA on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to meet Victory rider, film star, and retired U.S. Marine R. Lee Ermey – “The Gunny” – for a meet-and-greet at the IAVA display.
The Gunny will sign autographs and pose for photos. His appearance time will be announced via Victory and IAVA social media outlets.
Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, May 29
On Sunday, May 29, riders are invited to meet at the Silver Diner in Waldorf, Maryland, for “Breakfast With Gunny” before riding to Washington, D.C., for the Rolling Thunder ride.
The Silver Diner is planning a special breakfast buffet at a reasonable price to make it easy for riders to eat before heading to D.C. Riders can purchase breakfast from 6:30-8 a.m., and at 8 a.m., it’s kickstands up for the group ride to the Pentagon for Rolling Thunder, with The Gunny out in front.
The Silver Diner is located at 3081 Festival Way, Waldorf, MD 20601 (301-645-1224; http://www.silverdiner.com).
Memorial Day 2016, May 29
While nearly everyone enjoys some recreation on the holiday weekend, it’s important to remember that Memorial Day is a time to honor those individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. Victory Motorcycles salutes those individuals who gave all to protect and ensure our freedoms.
Watch for updates and details about these activities on the Victory Facebook page and other Victory social media outlets.