The Fighting Fifth
A memorial dedicated to the 5th Marine Regiment will make a cross country journey from Barre, VT to Camp Pendleton, CA. The memorial honors the 2,706 Marines and Sailors of the “Fighting Fifth” who lost their lives in Vietnam. The components of the memorial will be transported on three flatbed tractor trailers, weighing in at over 100,000 pounds.
You may view the design of the memorial here: http://5thmarinesvietnammemorial.org/the-design/
The Patriot Guard Riders are honored to have been asked to escort this memorial across the country, through 12 states, a distance of approximately 3,279 miles. The convoy will depart VT the morning of the 22nd and arrive at Hallstead, PA at approx 14:30 escorted by NY PGR. They will transfer to PA PGR and then travel down PA I-81 south with our destination being the T/A truck stop in Greencastle, PA. Please join us for as much or as little of the escort as you can make. Cages welcome. Given the nature of the escort times are estimated. Each region will call ahead with updated times to the next group who will do a rolling transfer.
Escort PA region 4: 22 MAR depart approx 15:00 HRS
Liberty-Great Bend Travel Plaza
25106 US-11 (I-81 exit 230)
Hallstead, PA 18822
Rally and Stage: 14:15 HRS
escort distance to hand-off to region 5 approx 88 miles
RC region 4: Buck Jacoby (570) 760-8913
Escort PA region 5: 22 MAR depart approx 16:30 HRS
70 Station Circle (I-81 exit 143)
Hazle Twp, PA 18202
Rally and Stage: 16:00 HRS
escort distance to hand-off to region 8 approx 65 miles
RC region 5: Gerry Pawlowski (570) 640-8672
Escort PA region 8: 22 MAR depart approx 17:30 HRS
I-81 Rest Area – mile marker 79
near Grantville, PA
Rally and Stage: 17:00 HRS
escort distance to destination approx 75 miles
RC’s region 8: Dale McGinnis (717) 887-4679
Don Haag (717) 576-7283
Final Destination 22 MAR arrive approx 18:45 HRS
T/A Truck Stop
10935 John Wayne Dr
Greencastle, PA 17225
approx 10 miles from the Maryland border. MD PGR will pickup the escort from Greencastle the morning of the 23rd. For info go to mdpatriotguard.org
Unforeseen things like traffic or setup weigh stations may delay est departure/arrival times. Be prepared to wait.
Note: PA riders entering NY or MD both states have mandatory helmet laws.