Gathering of the Guard

Gathering of the Guard

by Karen Grimord on August 2, 2009

Gathering of the Guard

Gathering of the Guard

This year’s GOTG will be a time to remember. Remember all those that we have stood for, wars we have fought, and the freedom we enjoy. At the same time, we want to make this a Gathering you will not soon forget. It will be a weekend to reflect, a weekend to enjoy, and most definitely “A Weekend to Remember!”

Utah is proud to be hosting the 2009 Gathering Of The Guard. We have selected Ogden for the mild summer climate, excellent mountain views, and some of the best motorcycle riding routes in the country.

Don’t come to Ogden expecting a typical mountain town. This is the place Al Capone said was too wild for his taste in the 1920s. And while we’ve replaced bootlegging, prostitution and gambling with skiing, climbing, and some of the most scenic motorcycle riding in the country, Ogden’s soul will always be a bit rowdy. If you want homogenized, we’re probably not for you. But if you’re rolling around the western United States with an appetite for life, welcome to one of the liveliest places you’ve never been.

During GOTG 2009 we are going to block off Historic 25th Street to everything but motorcycles and pedestrians and have a street party with some great local bands, a beer garden, and a great gathering of many friends we have yet to meet. We also plan on having some big name entertainment available as well.

Whether you have been to Gatherings in the past, or you have yet to attend one, this is one you won’t want to miss! Patriot Guard Riders, welcome to “A Weekend to Remember!” Welcome to Utah!


 

The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) held their annual Gathering of the Guard in Ogden, Utah this year. The Patriot Guard Riders provided LHCP with free vendor space for the weekend. Events started on Thursday July 30 and went through Sunday, Aug 2. Activities for the PGR included the traveling Vietnam Memorial wall, a concert and the Field of Flags. The Field of Flags was approximately 5,000 American flags representing all our fallen heroes during the Global War on Terror. Many of the riders that came to Utah went on to Sturgis later that weekend.

The Patriot Guard Riders were kind enough to provided LHCP with a free vendor space for the weekend. During the weekend James Spliedt, LHCP vice-president had a chance to meet many veterans and several Gold Star families. A number of the LHCP contact cards, brochures and pins were given out over these few days.

One of the local PRG Gold Star families, John and Celeste Thibeault son is the LHCP September 2009 Honoree Pvt. Jordan Thibeault.

It was a good experience overall and Jim Spliedt said he hoped to get LHCP’s name out to other parts of the United States.

Several weeks later Jim said the weekend was successful because our newsletter editor, Rachel Hause was attending a monthly breakfast gathering of the Minnesota Marine Moms a couple weeks later and met an Army mom from Wisconsin that had one of our contact cards and pin from this event.

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