About 300 people attend an appreciation picnic held by a statewide motorcycle club in Ontelaunee Township.
Berks County, PA - Veterans of an unpopular war from the past honored those from another unpopular conflict Sunday at Blue Falls Grove in Ontelaunee Township.
The Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club of Pennsylvania sponsored the picnic to show their appreciation for local Iraqi and Afghan war veterans and their families, said Bruce “Fuzz” Terreson, state president of the club.
“We are all military,” said Terreson, 58. “If you don’t support the war that’s fine, but don’t let the troops down. They are doing their job.”
Despite the rainy, humid weather, about 300 people attended the picnic, including veterans from other wars and members of the public.
Still, the turnout wasn’t as great as expected because of the weather, so the club donated extra food to a homeless shelter, Terreson said.
The club had been planning the event for veterans and their families for about a month, he said.
“We want to show them we appreciate (their service) and we’ll do what we can for them,” Terreson said.