2017-08-10 / Religion & Family

Forgotten Eagles honor vets, raise funds in ‘Ride Around Michigan’

By Cheryl Holladay


HARDY EAGLES Forgotten Eagles member Jim Johnston (right), lead rider of the Houghton Lake leg on the Ride Around Michigan, dismounts at VFW Post 4034 Aug. 4. Johnston, who served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, said there were not as many bikes on the ride this year – “only the hard-core guys.” The group encountered rain along their three-day tour and it rained during the ceremony at the VFW. (Photos by Cheryl Holladay) HARDY EAGLES Forgotten Eagles member Jim Johnston (right), lead rider of the Houghton Lake leg on the Ride Around Michigan, dismounts at VFW Post 4034 Aug. 4. Johnston, who served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force, said there were not as many bikes on the ride this year – “only the hard-core guys.” The group encountered rain along their three-day tour and it rained during the ceremony at the VFW. (Photos by Cheryl Holladay) Forgotten Eagles of Michigan members from Chapter 3 stopped at VFW Post 4034 Aug. 4 on their an­nual Ride Around Michigan (RAM).

Riders visited the post, locat­ed at 7980 Knapp Rd., Houghton Lake, for a memorial ceremony and a hot dog and hamburger dinner.

The three-day ride takes riders through Atlanta, Gaylord, Grayling, Mio, West Branch and Houghton Lake. It promotes POW/MIA aware­ness, shows support and respect for veterans and raises money for Mich­igan veterans who are in need.


THERE FOR JIM The family of James Nielsen, former POW during the Korean War, gath­ered for the Forgotten Eagles ceremony Aug. 4. Pictured are (front row, left to right) David Nielsen, James Nielsen, good friend Rose Markie­wicz, (back row) Carol Nielsen, Lisa Nielsen and Sue Nielsen (holding Kai Kotecki, 6 months). Not pictured are other Nielsen children, Bar­bara, Steve and Doug. THERE FOR JIM The family of James Nielsen, former POW during the Korean War, gath­ered for the Forgotten Eagles ceremony Aug. 4. Pictured are (front row, left to right) David Nielsen, James Nielsen, good friend Rose Markie­wicz, (back row) Carol Nielsen, Lisa Nielsen and Sue Nielsen (holding Kai Kotecki, 6 months). Not pictured are other Nielsen children, Bar­bara, Steve and Doug. During a misty rain, Chapter 3 President Terry Kunst led a presenta­tion and wreath laying ceremony. He said Chapter 3 covers Mt. Pleasant east and north to Alpena.

He said the chapter raises money for veterans and their families and that a state meeting will be held to determine how best to benefit veter­ans.

“For a small group,” he said, “we’re thankful we can do that.”

Member Paul Crosson, who had served in the U.S. Army, read a poem, “Soldier,” by Ed Coet, a re­tired U.S. Army officer.


IN HONOR OF Chapter 3 President Terry Kunst (left) speaks to a crowd gathered for a ceremony to honor veter­ans and POWs at the VFW Hall. This was his second year as ride coordinator, he said. Member Paul Crosson (not pictured) read a poem entitled, “Soldier,” by Ed Coet, a retired U.S. Army officer. Kunst said the chapter is thankful it can raise money to assist veter­ans throughout Michigan. IN HONOR OF Chapter 3 President Terry Kunst (left) speaks to a crowd gathered for a ceremony to honor veter­ans and POWs at the VFW Hall. This was his second year as ride coordinator, he said. Member Paul Crosson (not pictured) read a poem entitled, “Soldier,” by Ed Coet, a retired U.S. Army officer. Kunst said the chapter is thankful it can raise money to assist veter­ans throughout Michigan. The laying of a wreath was per­formed by Susan Beech and Marga­ret Wilson.

Former POW and Houghton Lake resident James Nielsen was recog­nized for his service to his country. He had spent 33 months in a Korean POW camp in the early 1950s while a member of the Army’s 7th Divi­sion 31st Infantry.

An honor guard, led by Chaplain Mike Gillette, consisted of Quarter­master Steve Bidstrup, Senior Vice Commander Jerry Timmins, Com­mander Doc Romphf and 3rd Trust­ee and trumpet player Ernest Long.

Forgotten Eagles members camped at the Loyal Riders Club­house and fueled up for the Freedom Ride before heading to Island Park in Mt. Pleasant Aug. 5.

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