The free event in the north Monterey Bay Area will have an hour and a half ceremony at 12:30PM to honor our nation's killed in action and others who died while serving in the military and public service. The military-vehicle show and swap meet will begin at 9AM and end at 6PM on Saturday, September 4, 2010, Labor Day Weekend. Keynote speaker for 2010's Sixth Annual KIA Thunder Run, Military-Vehicle Show, and Swap Meet will be Lana Ailes, Gold Star Mother of LCpl. Jeramy Ailes, KIA in Iraq on November 15, 2004.
Mountain View, CA (Newsvine) August 30, 2010 -- The USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation (USAKIA), in conjunction with J&S Surplus & Outdoor Store, a division of Eagle Emblems, Inc., and America Remembers KIA, will hold its Sixth Annual KIA Thunder Run, Military-Vehicle Show, and Swap Meet on Saturday, September 4, 2010. The event in northern California's Monterey Bay Area will be next to J&S Surplus & Outdoor Store. Major participants include the American Legion Family of organizations. Entrance will be free and open to the public.
The store and site are located at the intersection of N. Struve Road and Highway 1 in Moss Landing. The event will have food and merchandise sales, as well as live music and military vehicles on display. Jim Gilbertson, a J&S Surplus & Outdoor owner, says, "Just look for the flags" to find the landmark store. See the store’s flyer about the event under “News & Events” at their Website, www.surplusinc.com.
USAKIA benefits families of those in the U.S. military who are killed in combat. Sponsors again want to honor U.S. killed in action (KIA), died of wounds (DOW), and any member of the U.S. military, civilian, or public safety who died while serving our country.
The event will take place the first Saturday in September for the sixth year in a row, and the Military Vehicle Collectors of California (MVCC) will put on a military-vehicle show for the fifth straight year. Vendors will put on a swap meet, which will include BBQ food sales. Mostly live music will play all day, and the hour and a half ceremony will begin at 12:30PM with speakers, including keynote speaker, Gold Star Mother Lana Ailes.
Mrs. Ailes is the mother of Marine LCpl. Jeramy A. Ailes of Gilroy, KIA in the Al Anbar Province in Iraq on November 15, 2004. Jeramy belonged to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force. He grew up in the south Santa Clara County area and graduated from Gilroy High School in 2001, then began college. He enlisted after 9/11 and was known for helping out families in Iraq, providing soccer balls for children and money for food. It was just before the end of his second tour in 2004 when his unit came under enemy fire.
Speakers will finish before the Sixth Annual Raising of the Flags. Ms. Gabby Cribland will again perform the National Anthem after the U.S. flag is raised. Big Rain will provide live music throughout the event.
Several hundred people attend the ceremony every year. Motorcycle groups participate with a "ride in," complementing the memorial. Speakers this year include Congressman Sam Farr and Vincent Bartning of USAKIA whose grandfather and cousin were KIA in World War II and Korea respectively.
The USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation (USAKIA), based in Mountain View, California, is an IRS-approved, tax-deductible and tax-exempt nonprofit. KIA families incorporated the 501(c)(3) organization in the fall of 2003 to benefit families of those killed in action (KIA) and died of wounds (DOW) while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
The nonprofit also has a Free Flag Program, largely sponsored by Eagle Emblems, Inc. The program offers free KIA flags, other items, and shipping to next-of-kin of U.S. KIA and DOW. If you have KIA or DOW in the family, please make a request for a package at the nonprofit’s Website, usakia.org.
USAKIA plans to provide services such as scholarships and already has projects forming such as the KIA Family Art Project (KIAFAP) with art by Rick Kelley. The project will provide at no charge to next-of-kin of U.S. KIAs and DOWs the most requested piece of framed art by families of the fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan. The name of the piece is “On Freedom’s Wing.” USAKIA also has a store selling products which honor U.S. KIA. America Remembers KIA allows USAKIA to use its trademarked KIA flag and symbol. See USAKIA’s Web site for further information or to make a tax-deductible donation.
USA KIA/DOW Family Foundation
J&S Surplus & Outdoor Store
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