Afghanistan memorial at Doubleday Arboretum

The destination of a memorial ride along Highway One and then through Langley this Saturday is the Doubleday Arboretum.

The fifth annual 3 CAV Memorial Ride for the Fallen on June 21 is put on by the The ROME Unit of the 3rd CAV, and will arrive at the Walk for the Fallen memorial at the Doubleday Aboretum for a 12:30 p.m service.

Numerous Silver Cross families who lost their sons in Afghanistan will be on hand as honoured guests.

“This will be a big event as last year’s was a huge success,” organizer Barry Drews, who explained that the CAV is a group tmade up of veterans and veterans’ supporters who ride side-by-side “saluting the sacrifices of the past, present and future of the Canadian Armed Forces, while helping others in our communities.” 

The convoy of motorcycles and other vehicles will be leaving from Trev Deeley motorcycles located at 1875 Boundary Rd, in Vancouver at 11 a.m. 

The ride travels along Highway One en route to the Doubleday Arboretum

At the Memorial service at the Walk for the Fallen memorial at the Doubleday Aboretum, there will be a piper, and the the 3rd CAV will be laying a wreath for the fallen, as will other invited guests. 

“Numerous Silver Cross families who lost their sons in Afghanistan will be the honoured guests,” Drews said. “Veteran Affairs Canada Remembers is behind us, as well as numerous factions of the military and many local businesses from the Lower Mainland. Once again, the same as last year, we are looking forward to seeing people lining the over passes on the Highway with Canadian Flags as we ride by, honouring those that gave their lives for our freedoms.”

The ride is open to all motorists, with bikes in the lead, and cars and trucks following. 

“This is a chance for the Lower Mainland to once again show their support for the troops and to pay respect to those that made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, and for the families of the fallen,” Drews said.

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