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Motorcycle ride for Tri-command

By Lance Cpl. Jonah Lovy | Marine Aircraft Group 31 | September 21, 2015


Volunteers from 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.”

Volunteer events like this give Marines the chance to help their community and better themselves as individuals.

“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.”

Service members were relied upon to assist the VFW in making sure the event ran smoothly and that everyone was accounted for on the ride. 

            “At 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 McIntyre.

            The 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 Beaufort.

“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 VFW.

            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.

“Overall, 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.”