PATRIOT RUCKMARCH and PIG ROAST
DATE: Saturday, September 19, 2015
ROUTE: Choose from two options this year
Long route is 24.8 miles and the short route is 9.8 miles.
Long Route check-in at 7:00 am; march begins at 8:30 am
begin at Poestenkill VFW; take 351 north to Route east; turn around at Grafton Fire Hall and return to Poestenkill VFW.
Short Route check-in at 11:30 am; march begins at 12:30 pm
begin at Poestenkill VFW; take 351 to the intersection with Route 2 and return to the VFW.
There will be a Pig Roast to welcome back all marchers from 4 pm to 6 pm. The community is encouraged to attend. Thank you to the Sullivan-Jones VFW for providing food and drink, and to DJ Charley Sears for the entertainment.
COST for the RUCKMARCH:
$40 for the long route
$25 for the short route
COST for the PIG ROAST:
$20 for pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, 2 sides and drink
$10 for vegetarian option
$10 for children under 12
Get tickets HERE
Why a road march? Road marches have become popular among the military community as a way of doing something difficult to honor fellow Service Members and Veterans. One such march is the Batann Memorial Death March held annually in New Mexico to commemorate the death of thousands of GI’s who died marching through the jungles of the Phillipines only to endure the difficult conditions of prisoner of war camps. The Patriot Ruckmarch is not just for Service members and Veterans. Anyone looking for a challenge is encouraged to participate. The added benefit: to honor the military by doing something that our Service Members have all done - endured physical challenges!
Members of the military, from World War II to the War on Terror, experience a myriad of challenges, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, substance abuse and mental health problems, and problems associated with reintegration, such as finding employment and stable housing. Thousands of these Veterans live in rural communities where access to resources is a significant challenge.
Heroes at Home is one of eleven NYS funded programs providing peer support to anyone who has served in the military, as well as their families, regardless of discharge status, era in which they served or combat experience. Since 2012, we have partnered with the VA, the VFW and American Legion, and community providers to ensure that Veterans have access to services, and to provide mutual support as they navigate the reintegration process. Services include:
- individual and group support
- social activities
- referrals and information
- trainings and workshops (ie. suicide prevention, mental illness)