The movement to defend our Constitution is made up of many factions – only a very few found on Capitol Hill, but huge numbers are awake and stirring across our country. I spoke with Ryan Mendonca this week, the 50-State Coordinator of the 2 Million Bikers Ride to D.C. While the ride to D.C. on September 11th will be an annual event, he is organizing local rides, including in his area of New England. The New England ride to the Vietnam Memorial in Worcester, Massachusetts on Sunday October 13th expects about 300 riders from the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. That number has increased from the 60 he rode with to DC on September 11, 2013. Ryan’s story is one more piece of one more story the mainstream media refuses to tell. (If you are a member of a VFW anywhere in our Nation, please read on. If you need a ride to the Million Vet March, read on.)
The morning before the 9/11/13 ride, Ryan entered the hospital for dialysis treatment. In November he will receive a kidney transplant. He is married with four young children, is involved in his children’s scouting and sports, has diabetes and was unable to serve in the Military.
The first thing Ryan said when he agreed to this interview is that it is not about him. Like Eric Zern, Belinda Bee and Manny Vega, they are not looking for personal recognition. I explained to each of them that if we can’t get the story from them and others, then the story won’t get out. A story always needs a name or a source.
So let it be known that the Biker movement, the Trucker movement and the Veteran March movement is about America, about honoring the sacrifices of our Military, defending the Constitution and the futures of our children.
The ride to the Vietnam Memorial in Worcester is to support the Million Vet March happening in Washington, D.C. on the same day. The Memorial is open and unaffected by the shutdown. Many of the riders on 9/11/13 were from the Northeast. There is only so much time a person can take off work, so riding locally or participating in other local protest events, is a great plan for everyone from sea-to-shining sea.
Will Rogers said “we can’t all be heroes. Some has to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”
The riders, the marchers, those showing-up on overpasses, on the Washington Mall and in their own state capitals would say they are not heroes, but when we stand on a curb and cheer them on, we become an important part of an important movement, even if the media doesn’t cover it.
I’ll tell you one thing, it means something when these Constitutionalists see and hear our support. It means something else when they believe we do not care.
Meet at the Vietnam Memorial at 1 pm EDT
Skyline Drive at Green Hill Park
Invitations have gone out to all New England VFWs. If you are a member of the VFW in the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine or New Hampshire, please pass on the information about the Worcester ride. All who ride “Rice Rockets, Harleys, Scooters, BMXs” – whatever you ride, “as long as you ride,” are welcome.
The Worcester riders have found “a non-corporate gas station” to use. He suggests using “Mom and Pop service stations” if necessary on those days. I’m shocked that any still exist.
The Truckers Ride For The Constitution is asking that we spend no money on the three days of October 11, 12 and 13 – gas up early, buy groceries before the 11th, eat at home, etc., but the New England ride is going happening at the same time and they will need fuel.
Mendonca says that he is not a “leader,” he is an organizer. For the 9/11/13 ride he worked with each state organization, answered questions, made suggestions and tried to make it all work, which it did. Many of us have similar talents. There is something each of us can do. That’s the lesson.
After Ryan’s kidney transplant, he will continue to coordinate future events, and as soon as possible be there in person. There are big plans for 2014, including local Constitutional runs. Keep up with what’s happening at the links below:
9 am at National World War II Memorial, Washington DC and other Veterans Memorials Across the United States.
God bless these patriots and keep them safe.
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