Veterans Still Serving America

Poker Run helps local veterans

LOUDOUN TIMES-MIRROR | JUNE 1, 2017

COUNTRYSIDE / CASCADES / STERLING

Poker Run helps local veterans
Kathie Felix
KFINLOUDOUN@AOL.COM

Sterling American Legion Post 150 offers a chance to get
that motorcycle out of the garage on June 10 for a ride to
help fund local programs provided by, and for, area
veterans.

The sixth annual American Legion Post 150 Poker Run—a day
trip that travels to the American Legion posts in
Purcellville and Brunswick, Md., with a stop in
Leesburg—begins and ends at Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in
Herndon.

The ride, open to everyone, starts at 9 am. with
registration and breakfast at Jimmy's in Herndon. The poker
run ends at Jimmy's with food, games, raffles and prizes.

The ride helps fund the post’s sponsorship of the Girls
State and Boys State summer leadership civics programs for
rising seniors from area high schools, upkeep of the
veterans’ memorial in Sterling, sponsorship of Boy Scout
Troop 965 and contributions to programs including the United
Service Organizations (USO) program at Dulles Airport for
military service members, the Boulder Crest retreat for
military and veterans, the LINK food pantry and more.

Registration for the poker run Is $20 per rider and $10 per
passenger. Additional hands are $5 each. The ride has a
Facebook page at http://tinyurl.com/Post150Ride.

Recently, Post 150 has been working to restore the veterans’
memorial in Sterling. The emblems representing the different
branches of the services have been refurbished, the stones
have been cleaned and new lighting materials are on the way.

“[The stones] are about as clean as they're going to get,”
American Legion Past 150 Commander Matt Matyuf said.
“There’s been too many years of the dark streaks under them.
They've still got that black streak.”

Veterans of the military services are welcome to attend
American Legion Past 150 meetings, which are held on the
first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the Loudoun Elks
Lodge in Sterling. For information on post meetings or on
the poker run, contact commander@alpost150.org.