We are pleased to announce that the Holiday Inn Trenton has been named Official Host
Hotel for the Heroes Highway Ride. We are expecting a number of out of town guests for
this years event and wanted to provide great accommodations for our participants.
A special rate of $100. has been set for our HHR riders, so ask for the Heroes Highway
99 GLEN MILLER ROAD
TRENTON, ON K8V 5P8 CANADA
Hotel Front Desk: 1-613-394-4855
Good morning everyone, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who joined
us for the 4th Annual Heroes Highway Ride.
I believe that it was a unequivocal success, we welcomed about 2500 to 3000 bikes to CF
Base Trenton for a wonderful assembly thanks largely to the efforts of the men and women
who serve at 8 Wing.
It was an honour and a pleasure to work hand in hand with these great Canadians with
members of every unit represented, as well as members of the United States military, who
are at 8 Wing for special co-operative training with Canadian Forces, we also had a special
visit by the Dragoons who came in support of our Grand Marshall, Darlene Cushman, who's
son served as a member of of the Dragoon's when his life was taken by an IED June 11,
2007. It was an honour to ride under of Lancers raised as we departed, a show of respect for
our Grand Marshall and our riders.
O.P.P. and Toronto Police Services did an outstanding job of escorting our ride along the
Highway of Heroes and into Toronto. It came off with seamless professionalism and made our
travel safe as we rode into the busiest metropolitan centre in Canada.
When we finally arrived at the Sound Academy on Polson Pier we were welcomed by
hundreds of onlookers, as well as members of the Canadian Forces from the Toronto area
Armouries as we rode in.
The program at the Sound Academy was masterfully coordinated by Zeke Myers and Andi
Roth who both showed me how to flow a program and keep our audience engaged. The
Sound Academy staff did an outstanding job of of hosting our participants.
As always, great support by Q107 and John Derringer and his morning crew, Ryan Parker
and Johnny Garbot. Ryan provided MC services and Johnny kept the tunes going as we
arrived. Great job!
During our thanks to the military, hosted by Micael Blais of the Canadian Veterans
Advocacy and Trapper Cane of the Canadian Army Veterans (CAV) Riding Club, a number of
outstanding Canadians were presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals World
War 2 CAV Veterans, Sam Magee a Vet of the Devil's Brigade, and Tex Hill another WW2 Vet
as well as our CAV National Padre Don Chisholm, CAV CoFounder 'Doc' Lebrun and an 8
year Old CAV Heroe-Dakota Allen and I was surprised when they called me forward and
presented me with one of these beautiful medals for which I am deeply honour and humbly
I took the opportunity to announce the we have invited Trapper Cane and the the Canadian
Army Veterans (CAV) Motorcycle Club, a club he co-founded, to be the Heroes Highway Ride
& Rally's partner club.
But I would remiss if I didn't thank all of my sponsors, Jon Burman and all his staff at
Classy Chassis & Cycle for believing in me and their continued support of our ride. Jon was
gracious enough to provide Belt Drive Betty of the Busted Knuckles Chronicles a beautiful
H-D Ultra Classic Standard.
Dan Nadeau of Mackie Harley-Davidson who provided a bike for a Bert Meeker so that he
might join us in the HHR but more importantly helped out by taking care of one of our U.S.
guests from the M25 as he had a stator crap out on his bike. Dan and Don pushed him
through, and got him up and running so that he can ride home to South Carolina instead of
hauling it all the way back. Top marks to Dan, Don and the rest of the staff at Mackie's.
I would also like to thank all the Trenton area Tim Hortons for the coffee for our riders at
CFB Trenton and Sophie at Tim Hortons for providing gift mugs and Tim's card for our
Other notable sponsors are Parts Canada, Drag Specialities, Laura Lang thank you for
believing and your support. The Toronto Sun as they have been part of the HHR since we
began, Jacox and Davies Harley Davidson thank you, Paul, Doug and Victory Canada thank
you for proving several bikes for visiting VIP's, they all raved about their Victory Motorcycles.
Nick at Getwrapped.ca, they did an awesome job of wrapping my Torrent and it looked
impressive leading the ride along the Highway of Heroes. New sponsor, OLG and media
To all the volunteers who without their help and commitment this would never run as
smoothly as it does, a heart felt, thank you.
To Graeme Hume, Co-director of the Heroes Highway Ride & Rally Association, outstanding
job my friend. Your tireless work and dedication shows in everything we see all day at the
HHR, from the assembly to the rally and all points in-between your work can be seen.
Finally I would like to thank my family for their support, without their support none of this
would be possible. It's through their support and their encouragement and their sacrifice
that I am able to devote the countless hours to this endeavour. To my wife Anne, you are my
hero, as you watch me go out and always have my back, your support has never wavered and
I love you for that, Thank you so much for being you, I love you.
The date and location for the 2013 Heroes Highway Ride & Rally is set.
Join us as we ride to Trenton on Saturday June 1st, 2013.
We will be starting from two locations, one east and one west to meet at Centennial Park on the Trenton
waterfront, now the start points are currently set, at Whitby at the Whitby Entertainment Centrum, located
near Thickson Rd and Hwy. 401 in the west and Kingston at the Thompson Parade Square at C.F.B
Kingston for the east.
As the 2013 HHR will be our 5th Anniversary, we hope to make it the biggest and best HHR yet and with
the support of C.F.B. Trenton and all that serve in our Canadian Forces as well as the support of the
community of Quinte West we expect that we won't disappoint.
It is my hope and the intention of all involved to try and have at the very least an Air Display, what that
entails is still under discussion, but we will keep you informed as we have new and exciting developments.
And won't you please welcome C.A.V. Riding Club (Canadian Army Veterans) as our new partnering
club, they did an outstanding job this year and we look forward to working with them again in the future.
A C.A.V. inspired event for this year is the David Sofia's Portraits of Honour and a Parade of
Remembrance, Remembering Our Fallen Heroes
You can stay up to date on all the new developments happening
with the Heroes Highway Ride & Rally
by listening to
Join us for a Special live Broadcast from the HHR&R Booth (1123)
at the North American International Super Show in Toronto
Saturday January 5th, 2013 from 12:00 - 2:00
Co-Director, Graeme Hume and I are extremely proud and honoured to announce that
Last Year's Grand Marshall, Darlene Cushman has accepted our invitation to join the
Heroes Highway Ride & Rally family as our Fallen Heroes Family Liaison.
As a Silver Cross mother of Fallen Trooper Darryl Caswell, Darlene Cushman will work
hand in hand with family members of our Fallen Heroes taking part in the HHR&R.
Darlene's warm smile and infectious laugh, not to forget her first hand experience as
Grand Marshall last year brings a unique perspective to both our efforts for the families, as
well as, her ability to speak to family members about the HHR and their participation in it.
On behalf of Graeme and myself, please join us in welcoming Darlene Cushman.
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