MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. --
around the Tri-command participated in the Veterans of Foreign Wars motorcycle
ride Sept. 19 at the VFW post in Beaufort.
The ride was
intended to gain support for the local military community and raise awareness
for the VFW.
“Today, the VFW is
putting on a ride for the troops to get riders out in the community as well as
military riders to support Marines,” said GySgt. Lyle McIntyre, the staff
non-commissioned officer in charge of fuels aboard Marine Corps Air Station
Beaufort. “It helps call attention to all the good things the VFW does and
allows Marines to get out there and help.”
like this give Marines the chance to help their community and better themselves
“For Marines, it
gives us a chance to help out and do good things,” said Sgt. Tafari Delsol, a
fire fighter with aircraft rescue and firefighting. “It gives the Marine Corps
a good face and combats some of the negativity that is out there.”
were relied upon to assist the VFW in making sure the event ran smoothly and
that everyone was accounted for on the ride.
events like this, we have riders participating as well as active duty
volunteers who help with set-up, clean-up and registration for the ride,” said
bike route was more than 100 miles and passed through Port Royal, Okatie, Yemassee
before ending at the VFW. Riders could stop at each location and take a break.
The VFW is a
non-profit organization whose mission is to support military veterans and their
families, said Dwight Hora, the state quartermaster for the VFW in South
Carolina. They regularly organize community events for the military in
“I volunteer very
frequently but this is my first time volunteering for the VFW,” said Delsol
“They’re a great organization for veterans and families.”
The VFW is committed
to maintaining good relationships with local military and the community.
“All of us are
former military, mostly Marines, at the post and we like to help our military community
in whatever way we can,” said Paddy Del, a Marine veteran and member of the
efforts of the VFW are especially important around this time of year when
Marines around the world are preparing for the birthday ball.
“Part of the
purpose of the ride today is to show support for Marines who wish to attend the
ball,” said Del. “The cost has been increasing and it’s becoming a deterrent
for Marines to go and attend. Folks like us at the VFW want to encourage them
to go and participate in their heritage.”
More than 20 Marine
volunteers from the Tri-command showed up to help their community and give back
to veterans who support what they do.
volunteering is one of the greatest things Marines do,” said McIntyre. “It
supports the community and focuses on the good of what the Marine Corps does.”