The Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes is more than a bicycle ride…it’s an event celebrating the beauty of the central Shenandoah Valley and the service and sacrifice of our military and its veterans. Your participation provides support for our combat veterans, many of whom have deployed multiple times, and their families who have paid a terrific price for their service to the nation. Boulder Crest Retreat, located in Bluemont Virginia in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, provides the ideal environment to enable combat veterans and their families to recover, rest, recharge, and reconnect. In support of Boulder Crest Retreat’s mission to turn “struggle into strength,” the 12 VFW Posts of the central Shenandoah Valley are sponsoring the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes bicycle ride event on September 8, 2018.
Celebrate our Armed Forces and the American Warrior
Rest stops as well as exhibits at the start/finish area will illustrate significant aspects of American military history. Both 25 and 50 mile routes pass the Revolutionary War home of Colonel George Moffett, leader of the Virginia Militia at the battle of Guilford Courthouse. Rest stops are named for the American Revolution, Jackson’s Valley Campaign, D-Day at Omaha Beach, the Battle of Midway, the Vietnam War and the sacrifice of our POW/MIA, the Cold War and the Berlin Air Lift, and the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
Fun for the Whole Family
In addition to the bicycle routes, the start/finish area in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park gives access to one of the most beautiful small town parks in the state, with tree shaded picnic areas, playgrounds, ball fields, skate park, small train, duck pond, and horseshoe pits. Static displays of antique vehicles and rescue equipment, as well as activities such as karate club demonstrations and face painting in the start/finish area will provide entertainment. Food vendors will be available. During the morning, there will be a bike rodeo for kids.
Make it a Destination
Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes starts and ends in beautiful Staunton, Virginia, the Queen City of the Shenandoah with many area attractions such as the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, the Frontier Culture Museum, the Stonewall Brigade Museum, and the Blackfriars Shakespeare Theatre. Staunton has received numerous awards and recognition for its exceptional architectural history and its lively cultural scene.