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Weather Blesses Annual Blessing of the Bikes
California, MD - 4/8/2013
By Dick Myers
“I am happy that winter is over and we can do some serious riding.” That was how Ripley, announcer for 97.7 The Rocket, described the beautiful spring weather to the attendees at the 18th Annual Blessing of the Bikes at the VFW Post 2632 in California. The event was sponsored by ABATE of Maryland, St. Mary’s County Chapter.
Hundreds of bikes lined the post’s rear parking lot. Sen. Roy Dyson (D: 29) looked out over the sea of bikes and told the attendees that they represented a political power and that they should be more involved in the legislative process.
St. Mary’s County Commissioner Lawrence Jarboe (R: 3rd) endeared himself to the crowd by saying: “We have here what may be the last sane place in the world.”
Delegate Tony O’Donnell (R: 29C) thanked those in attendance who supported his congressional bid against Rep. Steny Hoyer (D: 5th). He said, “God bless you and pray for this country. We need it right now.”
Commissioner President Francis “Jack” Russell urged the attendees to go to the June 14th Flag Day ceremony at the Government Center. He said a special ceremony will be held then to mark the occasion of the beginning of the flying of the POW/MIA flag at the facility.
Commissioner Daniel Morris (R: 2nd) himself a biker, picked up on Dyson’s theme: “Look around and see how many votes there are here.” Morris said bikers were environmentalists and deserved tax credits because they were saving gas. “I am saving the earth,” he said.
Master of Ceremonies for the event was Melvin Yost who introduced Chapter Director John Robinson and the rest of the board members. Post Commander Joe Peters welcomed the attendees to the post. The color guard consisted of Cody Lynch, who is in an Air Force delayed entry program, and Chris McKinley, who is leaving for Marine Corps boot camp in 20 days.
The Rev. Robert J. Bob Kosty (Father Bob) delivered the blessing and went around with a squirt bottle of holy water to bless each of the bikes in the parking lot.
R&R Train provided the entertainment.
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