NEW BRITAIN - The Iwo Jima Survivors Association and Support Our Survivors of Iwo Jima are ready to hit the road Sunday for the 8th Annual Iwo Jima Survivors Victory Ride.
Proceeds from this year’s ride will benefit replacement of the trees comprising the Iwo Jima living memorial on Route 9 adjacent to the National Iwo Jima Memorial Monument.
The Iwo Jima Survivors Victory Ride, with a “poker run” format, will kick off at 8 a.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars headquarters, 41 Veterans Drive, and will include a later ceremony at the Iwo Jima Memorial, located near the Route 9 ramps on Ella Grasso Boulevard.
A cookout luncheon follow the ride and will include a grand prize for best poker hand, raffle prizes, a “50/50” raffle, DJ entertainment and trophies for motorcycles, World War II veterans and “Most Represented Club.”
Organizers said the poker run is open to all motorcycles and cars. Registration will take place from 8:15 to 10 a.m. at the VFW. Motorcyclist registration is $20, $10 for motorcycle passengers. The fee for walk-in registration is $15.
The mission of the Iwo Jima Survivors Association is to “perpetuate the memory of those who fought and died on Iwo Jima and to educate others about World War II and the importance of the battle.”
The day’s events will pay tribute to all World War II Veterans through “Operation Thank You.”
Veterans from the “Greatest Generation” are invited to attend free as guests of honor for the day and will receive special “VIP treatment,” according to a release.
The event will also include a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil the completed interior design of the Iwo Jima/World War II Traveling Museum, which is the only self-contained museum of its kind in the country, at the VFW Hall.
For more information, contact Victory Ride chairman Gary Roy at 860-291-9666.