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Yellow Ribbon Fund soldiers to be honored in CB

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is well-known for its work in bridging the gaps in funding and care for injured military men and women while they are recovering.

More than two dozen injured fighting men and women will be honored Sept. 7 in Colonial Beach.

The Blue Knights International Motorcycle Club, disc jockey Ripley from 97.7 radio and High Tides on the Potomac restaurant will team up with the Yellow Ribbon Fund to celebrate the wounded warriors and their families.

The event is a lead-in to the widely anticipated Colonial Beach Bike Fest, which is scheduled for Oct. 9-12 and is expected to attract as many as 15,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and their fans to the Potomac River community.

The injured military men and women to be honored Sept. 7 will be transported from Walter Reed National Medical Center through Maryland to the Nice Bridge on U.S. 301. They will be met there by the Blue Knights and escorted to High Tides, where the festivities will take place from 2-5 p.m.

“The public is invited to stop by and say ‘Thank you’ to the service members,” said Vickie Coffman of High Tides. “We will be serving homestyle meals to them and their families and music for the event will be provided by the band Rock Bottom.”

The Yellow Ribbon Fund is well-known for its work in bridging the gaps in funding and care for injured military men and women while they are recovering.

“They are excited about this event to honor these heroes,” Ripley said.

Ripley, a popular radio personality who only uses his last name, also is one of the organizers of the bike fest.  He has gone out of his way to reassure concerned Colonial Beach residents that the event will be peaceful and productive for the community.

“Last week, every motorcycle club in the area was at Leonardtown, Maryland for the St. Mary’s Music and Bike Fest and there was not one problem. There were no issues at all. None. This is not the 1980s,” Ripley said.

Carey Geddes, the chairman of the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce, said organizers of the bike fest are preparing for a very successful event. Hits on the event’s website (colonialbeachbikefest.com) have doubled in the past month, the organizers were told at a recent meeting. Also, hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts from LaPlata to Tappahannock are reporting bike fest reservations, and  food vendors and event sponsors are signing up daily, the organizers said.

The rock band Molly Hatchet will perform at the Town Hill gazebo stage during the event. There also will be music, beer gardens, contests, games, food specialties and desserts all along the Colonial Beach boardwalk.  Organizers hope the event is just the beginning of an annual effort to boost the town and bring customers to local businesses.

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