Veterans Given Parade At New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, N.J. (May 30, 2009) - In a presentation that touched all who witnessed it, former soldiers from the New Jersey Veterans Home in Vineland, N.J. were treated to a lap of honor...
Veterans Given Parade At New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, N.J. (May 30, 2009) - In a presentation that touched all who witnessed it, former soldiers from the New Jersey Veterans Home in Vineland, N.J. were treated to a lap of honor and a formal welcome presentation at New Jersey Motorsports Park Saturday. The lap came as part of the New Jersey Vintage Grand Prix Festival, which continues through Sunday, May 30.
Veterans Parade Motorcycle riders from Rolling Thunder and Riders of the Lamb motorcycle club escorted the nearly 40 veterans through Vineland and Millville led by members of the Vineland and Millville police departments.
On a sunny, 83-degree day, local residents saluted the veterans as they made their way aboard buses down Delsea Drive in Vineland and into Millville. Once at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the tour continued with a lap of honor around the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway, with large portions of the circuit lined with cheering and waving racers and fans.
The veterans were touched by the gesture from the community.
"A lot of these guys, when they came back, didn't get a parade - just their walking papers and a 'see ya'," said veteran and resident Rick Toler, who also serves as the President of the Veterans Home Resident Council. "There were people lined up along the street outside of their homes on the way here.
"Then, we get here on a day that God planned with this weather," continued Toler, a Vineland native who served in the Armed Forces for from 1972 through 1994. "People waving and saluting us - I don't know anyone that wasn't choked up by that." Veterans Parade2 Also participating in the parade were event Grand Marshals Sid Brody and Dottie Cullen.
Paul Berenotto, Vice President of Rolling Thunder, was clear on the reasons the group participates in activities such as this.
"It's the vets," Berenotto said, without hesitation. "It's a payback for everything they've done, and we want to be sure to thank them for that."
Rolling Thunder is a non-profit organization with a goal of educating the public of the fact that many American prisoners of war were left behind, and to help American veterans of all wars.
The event was also a part of the Cumberland County Community Festival at the track, where bands played and fans were treated to vendors and free ice cream featuring Limpert Brothers dessert ingredients throughout the day on Saturday.
More information on the New Jersey Vintage Grand Prix Festival is available at www.njmp.com.
For more information on New Jersey Motorsports Park, F1 New Jersey, Breighton Room, or to purchase tickets, visit www.njmp.com or call 856-327-7217. Children 12 and under are admitted free to every event at New Jersey Motorsports Park.