Each year the VFW Riders hold a poker run over Memorial Day Weekend …. well its time to start getting ready again.
The ride covers all 7 of the Veterans Homes in the state. We travel to each home and serve and have meals with the vets. They really love seeing the bikes and talking about what they used to ride. Many have pictures of their bikes.
This year the ride will start at the home in Mount Vernon. We will have breakfast there, proceed to Warrensburg for lunch, and on to Cameron for dinner before going to the Mexico area for the night. On Sunday morning we’ll start with breakfast at the Mexico veterans home, have lunch at St Louis, and Cape Girardeau for dinner. Then on to the Desloge area for the night. On Monday its on to St James for lunch with the vets there. After that we make our way home. The ride last year was a little under 1100 miles for me.
Many riders have said they can’t get off or ride all 3 days. I would like to stress it isn’t necessary to ride the entire weekend. Catch the ride where you can and bring some joy to the vets at the homes.
If you are going to participate we do need to know how much of it you will be riding with us so the homes can have an idea of many more will be there for the meals.
All funds raised are divided among the veterans homes. None of it is used for rider expenses.
Co-Chair Mo VFW Riders
Needed forms are below – click the links to get the forms you need.
Memorial Day Ride
May 28-30 2016
I know this is costly to everyone so I have tried my best to keep the cost down. These are hotels I found in the area that are “cheap”. No rooms have been blocked because in the past we had problems when we did that…uncertainties of filling obligation. We are open to suggestions. I have put the hotel in red that will be the meeting point.
May 28 – Mount Vernon area
- Best Western: 1200 E. Industrial Road, Mt. Vernon, MO (was the Mount Vernon Inn) Phone 417 461-0230 Rooms are $84.99 + Tax,…. AAA or AARP rate 76.49 + Tax
- Americas Best 1125 E. Daniel Drive, Mt. Vernon 65712 Phone 417-466-4511. Rooms are $56.95 + Tax. This is a veterans rate so be sure to tell them you are with the VFW Riders.
May 29 – Mexico area
- Days Inn: 2902 S Clark St, Mexico, MO 65265 Phone 573-581-1860
Rooms are 72.95 + Tax
- Country Hearth Inn: 900 Vance, Mexico, MO 65265. Phone 573-582-0055
Rooms are a King Single for 69.99 + Tax. Double with queen beds 69.99 + Tax.
May 30 – St James area
At this point it seems everyone I talk to has a different idea where they want to stay on Sunday night. Splitting up keeps us from negotiating room rates. If you have somewhere you want to stay do so. Just be in the parking lot of the St James Veterans Home, 620 N Jefferson, St James, MO at 1030 on Monday.
The Bonneville Inn, 1017 Hwy K, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Phone: (573) 358-3328 ext 150. $51/ night after tax.
Red Cedar Lodge, 7036 US-67, Bonne Terre, MO 63628
Phone:(573) 358-8900. $43 / night average.