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Held on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11,
this event will also honor the victims and heroes of 9/11.

Los AngelesA “Bikers Helping Veterans” 9/11 West Coast Motorcycle Charity Ride to benefit the new Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles, will be held on September 11, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Home located at 11500 Nimitz Avenue in Los Angeles. 

The benefit ride is sponsored by Barger and Bartels Harley-Davidson dealerships, the Westside HOG Chapter and participating dealerships – and is the first fundraiser for the Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles, the largest Veterans Home in Los Angeles County.  The event is being held on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.  Victims and heroes of 9/11 will be honored and remembered. 

“This will be a wonderful way to remember those men and women in the U.S. Military who sacrifice so much for us every day and to honor those men and women who died on that fateful September day 10 years ago,” said Peter J. Gravett, Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

A patriotic program, flag ceremony, vendors, music, lots of food, raffles and celebrities are all part of the day's event.  Commemorative t-shirts, caps and pins will also be for sale.  All proceeds will go to the Veterans Home residents' welfare and recreation fund, and used for such items as electronic and board games; movie, theater or sporting events tickets; arts and crafts; recreational equipment; computers; trips and more -- anything that might improve the quality of life for Veterans Home residents.  For an entry form, information on group rides from dealerships, time, route map and directions, please log on to or email

“This benefit ride on Patriot Day is not only a motorcycle ride, but is open to the public for anyone who wishes to honor and help our Veterans and the new Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles,” said Loretta Hanson, owner of Barger Harley-Davidson co-sponsor of the event.  “A $25 entry fee (for rider pre-registrations or ride-ins or walk-ins) is a donation to the Veterans Home.  All donations are appreciated and all raffle proceeds are donated to the Home.  Please join us and help our Veterans and honor 9/11.”

The Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles is a newly constructed, stunning 396-bed, long-term care facility located adjacent to the VA Hospital in West Los Angeles.  The Veterans Home provides California veterans with a living environment that protects their dignity and contributes to their feeling of self-reliance and self-worth.

The Veterans Home offers two levels of care that provide continuity in the lives of residents in a homelike atmosphere of dignity and respect: an Assisted Living Unit, now open; and a Skilled Nursing Unit with memory care is estimated to open in 2012.  Amenities include: room and board – three meals plus snacks; medical care and medications; optical care, dental care and podiatry services; transportation services to all medical appointments and off-campus activities; a beauty/barber shop, multi-purpose room; limited banking services; opportunities for worship for all denominations; a modern fitness room and exercise classes; restorative therapy center; libraries; cable television; housekeeping and laundry services; a caring and compassionate staff; a variety of community outings; and an enhanced activity program.

For information on the Veterans Home of California—West Los Angeles, please call toll-free at 877-605-1332 or log on to the CalVet website at

For more information on the 9/11 West Coast Charity Ride “BIKERS HELPING VETERANS,” please log on to or email

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