Barb’s Harley-Davidson will host the 6th Annual Armed Forces Freedom Ride (AFFR) May 20, from the dealership to Joint Base McGuire–Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.
Sponsored by the dealership, the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee (BCMAC) and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF) of Philadelphia, the AFFR will consist of nearly 1,000 motorcycle riders and passengers.
Following opening ceremonies, the ride will depart from Barb’s Harley-Davidson at 10 a.m. Military and law enforcement vehicles will lead riders under a massive American flag suspended from ladder trucks from local fire companies, and proceed north on Interstate Route 295, arriving at Joint Base McGuire–Dix-Lakehurst in Burlington County, N.J.
The ride, led by military and full police escort, will arrive at approximately 11am at John Mann Park and Doughboy Field in the heart of Joint Base McGuire – Dix - Lakehurst, where participants will enjoy lunch, music, vendors, and recreational and sporting activities.
This year’s AFFR will include participation and appearances by U.S. Medal of Honor recipients, including Brian Miles Thacker. In addition, U.S. Rep. Jon Runyan, former Philadelphia Flyer and current Philadelphia Flyers ambassador to hockey Bob “The Hound” Kelly, former Philadelphia Flyers Dave Schultz, Bill Barber and Larry Goodenough, and former Philadelphia Phantoms hockey star Frank “The Animal” Bialowas will be joining the ride.
Since its inception in 2007, AFFR has raised more than $100,000 and proceeds are split between the Burlington County Military Affairs Committee (BCMAC) and the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MCLEF) of Philadelphia. BCMAC is a volunteer organization which supports military members, veterans and their families. The MCLEF provides assistance to children of Marines and Federal Law Enforcement personnel who were killed in the line of duty. Each will distribute the monies raised to support projects encouraging the spiritual, moral, intellectual and physical development of children through education, primarily in the form of scholarships.
Participants of the 6th Annual AFFR will begin to arrive at Barb’s Harley-Davidson at about 8 a.m. May 20. Local fire companies, The 514th AMW Base Honor Guard and prestigious military personnel will be present. At 10am, riders will be led by full police escort south on the Black Horse Pike (Rt. 168) and proceed north on Interstate 295 to exit 45A (Willingboro-Mount Holly). Continuing east on County Route 626 (Beverly-Rancocas Road) and into downtown Mount Holly, the riders will turn right on High Street, left onto Washington/Mill Street, bearing left on Branch Street and follow Monmouth Road (CR537). After a right onto Saylors Pond Road (CR 670) crossing Fort Dix Access Highway (Rt. 68), riders will take Defense Access Road into the base. Traveling down Texas Ave., the riders will enter the flightline at the new Marine Aircraft Group 49 (MAG49) entrance and proceed down the runway and exit at the same location as the entrance. They will proceed down Texas Ave. to 8th Street and make their way to Doughboy Field for event festivities.
Barb’s Harley-Davidson press release posted by Holly Wagner
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