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  • War memorial walls, Fallen Hero's Dream Ride coming to the Lake

  • With support from Lake Media and other local businesses, the American Legion Riders group based in Sunrise Beach is presenting the Remembering Our Fallen tribute display to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have died in combat zones since Sept. 11, 2001. The touring display set up by a not-for-profit organizatio...
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      Remembering Our Fallen
      What: Four State Memorial Display
      Times: Noon-6 p.m.
      Dates: Friday-Sunday, July 11-13
      Motorcade Salute: The memorial...

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      Remembering Our Fallen

      What: Four State Memorial Display

      Times: Noon-6 p.m.

      Dates: Friday-Sunday, July 11-13

      Motorcade Salute: The memorial will be escorted by the Legion Riders. The public is encouraged to come out and salute the motorcade on its journey. It will leave Jefferson City at 10 a.m. Friday coming down Hwy. 54 to Eldon then taking Highways 52 and 5 to Sunrise Beach.

      Opening ceremony: Noon Friday, July 11

      What: Car and Bike Show

      When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 12

      Location: Both events are being held at Zach Wheat American Legion Post 624, American Legion Drive, in Sunrise Beach.

  • With support from Lake Media and other local businesses, the American Legion Riders group based in Sunrise Beach is presenting the Remembering Our Fallen tribute display to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have died in combat zones since Sept. 11, 2001. The touring display set up by a not-for-profit organization is done state by state, and this year, Zack Wheat American Legion Post 624 will host the memorial walls for Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska as well as Missouri.
    The memorial, a touching tribute for families who have lost someone as well as for the public, features pictures and information about the soldiers, sailors and marines from these states who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
    The Riders will also hold its annual Car and Bike Show in conjunction with the memorial display.
    A highlight of the show will be the Fallen Hero's Dream Ride, a 1951 Chevy pickup truck restored in memory of Marine LCpl Phillip Vinnedge of St. Charles, Mo. who  at the age of 19 was killed in action on Oct. 13, 2010 in Afghanistan.
    Restoring a classic ride was just one of Vinnedge's dreams. After he was killed, family and friends found and restored the truck, having it airbrushed with his portrait, the Marine Corps logo, 25 battlefield crosses representing all of the Marines from his regiment killed in action in that deployment and other patriotic symbols and depictions.
    The Fallen Hero's Dream Ride and related non-profit organization is a rolling memorial to the sacrifices made by our fallen military men and women and promotes organizations that had an impact on Vinnedge's life and those nearest to him including Toys for Tots, Missouri Military Memorial Foundation, WWI Court of Honor, Patriot Guard Riders, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Snowball Express, The Joshua Chamberlain Society, The American Fallen Soldiers Project and the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis.
    See www.fallenherosdreamride.org for more on Vinnedge and the organization.
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