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Bikers ride 100 miles supporting purple heart veterans

40 riders traveled across the Mohawk Valley to raise support for Purple Heart veterans.

Posted: Aug 10, 2019 5:59 PM
Updated: Aug 10, 2019 11:32 PM

WEST WINFIELD, N.Y -- Despite the spotty rain showers across parts of the Mohawk Valley, just about 40 riders traveled 100miles supporting Purple Heart Veterans.

As part of the journey, the group stopped at the VFW post in West Winfield for a short lunch as well as a ceremony. 

Post commander Diane Schoonoer tells NEWSChannel 2 that she and the rest of the post were thrilled when the organization chose their post for their stop.

"I'm very excited I just took over as commander of the post so having more programs that assist our veterans is very exciting for us," said Schoonoer.

Ride Leader Ed Czarnecki received his Purple Heart while serving in Vietnam.

"I was calling on a field phone trying to call in an airstrike and a rocket hit right next to me," said Schooner.

He said the support for veterans has grown exponentially since he served. 

"Well, it's nice to see the people remembering the soldiers. When I came back from Vietnam it was a different story. And its good to see the people support our military now and we need that, we need that support," said Czarnecki.

A ceremony was held inside of the post was held. The Military Order of the Purple Heart presented two recognition awards to both Post  Commander Diane Schoonoer for hosting the group and Ed Czarnecki for his service to the country.

Once the ceremony was over, the riders left the post and rode towards their final destination in Utica.

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