Sit rep. Rock the Hill JUNE 5-6th 2015 – Well, soon, God willing this bloody snow will be gone and fair winds and warm weather will be upon us. Time to get serious about organizing this years event. Be advised that Pat Stogran is very busy with two books and blog and that I, at the CVA level, am as well. We are entering a crucial phase in veterans advocacy, their has been movement, incrementally and on non-primary issues of contention, yet movement never the less and of course, an election is looming,
I am condensing into a two day event, neither Pat nor I have have the time to sustain a multi day event and the cost to those attending from beyond the Ottawa area must be considered. I am also cognizant of the “competition” the timing of the event creates for those who wish to attend but have committed to the Highway of Heroes ride the next day. The Rock the Hill theme has been based on acknowledging veterans who ride and I am eager to perpetuate the Parliamentary Ride Past.
Meet and greet, Darcy McGee’s, Thursday evening from 7-9.
10 am- RV Beechwood for riders, short memorial service, ride along 24 Sussex Drive, past the Governor general and Prime Minister’s resident and to Parliament Hill to coincide as close as possible to the eleventh hour. This will be a primary source of message delivery, a visual affirmation of support for the wounded that will not go unnoted. Those o us that do not ride will be waiting and will form up on the sidewalk to salute the riders as they pass. It will be very visual, the media will be in full attendance and we need to start rallying support for the mission now if we are to have riders and attendant veterans , with banners and flags, standing in front of the HoCommons as you p[ass. Ideally, we shall form a line from one end to the other for the ride past and salute. The object is to leave Beechwood in increments, groups of twenty, short break, another group, for safety sake and to extend the length of the ride past ideally, we can sustain it for half an hour.
Parking suggestions, The national War Museum provides free parking underground for veterans and nice lunch if you are hungry, Just park n the secure, underground parking lot and take a bus up to the hill. You can return after the rally, tour the museum, embrace the spirit…. Or you can circle around and park at the National Arts Centre or a variety of covered facilities that are close to the hill. A map will be provided soon. .
1200 – march – Form up at corner of wellington and Elgin, by the benches outside of the national War Memorial, We can get org’d, pay our respects, get some pictures for those who have been. it is a moving experience, to stand with your mates wherein the valiant have died and reaffirm your support for their family and the wounded. We then shall make the short march to Parliament Hill wherein we will use the steps in front of the peace tower as a forum to deliver our message. Pat Stogran and other voices will be heard in ten-fifteen minute increments with music provided by Pat, Myself and anybody else who would like to volunteer to entertain. I hope to go for two hours, end by three. It will be hot and many will want to tour the museum or join us for a tasty beverage at Darcy McGee’s before heading off to the Highway of heroes or parking their bikes before enjoying Ottawa for the evening.
I am trying to organize a fundraiser at Darcy McGee’s on Friday evening, local musical talent, pat, myself and volunteers. We will be on a Toonie drive to recover RTH based costs and in support of the CVA Humanitarian Fund. To date, I have raised significant amount of money on the Trust Fund level and have the authority to dispense according to our mandate. Most recently, we have sponsored Chris and Katheryn Linford’s quest to prevent the cycle of despair and save lives through the COPE program and have contracted a video production unit to document the presentation in Trenton for maximum use at other bases and an electronic forum, They have a magnificent platform delivered specifically at couples and the family unit, I shave spoken to Chris many times, he has inspired me on many levels, -melofeloquine, mental wounds- and their message to those who are in pain is pure of purpose.
Most recently, we have stepped up and provided funding to Reservist Robyn Young and her mother, Pearl Osmond, as they travel to BC for Robyn’s treatment. Monday! This was an urgent priority, with in the course of 12 hrs, we were able to provide humanitarian support to a mother and daughter in need of urgent respite. We have put several thousand dollars aside to send a seriously wounded veterans to a special facility (for up to a year) that VAC will not cover. There is no greater feeling of satisfaction than doing something definitive that will change a veterans life. The CVA Humanitarian Fund is sponsored by the RCAF Association Trust Fund, monies are held within their account until requirement for dispersal.
Saturday. I have considered the fact that many cannot make it on Friday due to work commitments yet would like to demonstrate their support for the wounded and the equality standards we universally are fighting for .
1200 – RV at the National War Memorial, march (or walk, depending on numbers) as a group to the steps of parliament hill, repeat performances of Fridays format with speeches intersected by musical presentations. It will be lots of fun and I hope that you will bring your extended families and after the rally, tour the House of Commons, enjoy the National War Museum -free entry, parking and lunch for veterans-
1500 Dispersal party. Once we are finished, we shall RV at Darcy McGees for the traditional toast to the fallen and to embrace the spirit and friendships we have have made. Free time for the rest of the weekend,
Speakers., I am looking for speakers as of this time, if you wish to participate, please send me your contacts, the topic you wish to discuss. I will allow a ten minute presentation although shorter is okay. Primary issues that will be considered a priority are Sacred Obligation based and i am hopeful Major Campbell will join us again, or someone from Equitas, will be our very special guests. Speakers re ELB, PIA, Widows, spouse, families, services therein, are welcome. Special guest speakers will be announced as confirmations and schedules are established.
I need you help, if you belong to a riding organization that would like to be part of a national ride past parliament hill is support of our veterans, this is a perfect opportunity to join us. i do not ride (other than a mobility scooter) , I need HELP on this level, particularly in outreach and understanding of mission. The ride past is our acknowledgment of those who served and now ride together as brothers and sisters and our collective support for veterans who have sustained mental and physical wounds and are not being the equality standards they deserve.
Volunteers are required and if you can bring something to the equation, please reach out to me privately or comment here. I will require marshals, people to take care of/operate the sound system, the information kiosk. Vendors wishing to take advantage of the events re t-shirts, sticklers and what not are welcome, but must cost there own efforts and be prepared to award a percentage -to be discussed, to augment costs and reinforce the CVA Humanitarian fund.
FYI, when i say costs, I refer only to the expenses we bear on the organizational front, I will pay for my own room, food, et al… but there will be cost associated to the sound system unless someone steps up and volunteers to step up and take care of this for us. We need three microphone station and plug in for a couple of guitars. Medium sized speakers are good enough, otherwise, it echoes all over the place.
More to follow,