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Forgotten Eagles RAM Ride Wednesday

July 30, 2012
By KELLY FOSNESS - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

CALUMET - Chapter 2 members of the Forgotten Eagles of Michigan are revving up for the ninth annual Ride Around Michigan Wednesday followed by a remembrance ceremony at Lakeview Cemetery in Calumet.

Held the first Wednesday in August, Chapter 2 President Al Utzman said they'll be meeting up with riders from the eastern Upper Peninsula at the Chassell VFW Post 6507 between 3 and 4 p.m. before riding to the cemetery.

"The public is welcome to join in anywhere along the route," Utzman said. "Join in on a bike, in a vehicle or stand outside along the sidewalk and wave a flag."

While the RAM Ride is a three-day event, during which the six chapters of the Forgotten Eagles of Michigan collectively drive through all 83 counties in the state, the local Chapter 2 has scaled down from previous years.

However, Utzman said, the event is the organization's largest fundraiser for the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.

"After last year we were the largest contributor to the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund," he said. "We donated over $100,000."

The MVTF provides assistance to Michigan veterans and their families in emergency situations.

Utzman said as an organization, Forgotten Eagles members raise awareness and publicize Prisoner of War/Missing in Action issues and seek to advocate for the fullest possible accounting of all of America's POW/MIAs.

The evening will close Wednesday with a remembrance ceremony, which the public is welcome to attend.

In late August, Chapter 2 of the Forgotten Eagles is hosting a 2-person, 18-hole scramble at the Calumet Golf Club.

Set for 9 a.m. Aug. 25, Utzman said there's a $25 entry fee, with all proceeds benefitting local veterans, active duty and their families.

"It's a shotgun start at 9 a.m.," he said. "We're going to have burgers, brats and hot dogs there."

Anyone interested in participating is asked to register by calling the Calumet Golf Club Pro Shop at 337-3911. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 24.



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