Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco Inc., America’s largest privately owned RV manufacturer, has donated two motorhomes to the Tour of Duty, a group of 24 Australian and American military, firefighters, and police who recently set off on a bicycle journey across the United States.
The group started from the USS Midway in San Diego on August 12 and will finish in New York on September 10. Their 2,600-mile ride will stop in various cities across the U.S. to honor and show appreciation for both nations’ first responders, according to a news release. Jayco’s motorhomes, a Seneca 36FK and a Greyhawk 31SS, are being used as support vehicles for the Tour of Duty.
“We are proud to get behind such a great cause.” said Derald Bontrager, president of Jayco. “Those that serve our country continuously carry out selfless acts of courage and deserve the respect and admiration that this ride represents.”
In 2010, Australian and American firefighters and police united for a relay run across the United States from Los Angeles to New York, where Jayco also donated the use of two motorhomes as support vehicles. As a cycling event for the first time, the group started in San Diego at the USS Midway and will finish at the USS Intrepid in New York. The 2,600-mile ride is comprised of 20 stages across the United States.
After great response in 2010, the Tour of Duty became an event of magnitude and pride as both participants and spectators reflect on the role and courage of the firefighters, military, police, and emergency service personnel who continue to serve and protect both nations along with those whose lives were lost in the devastating terrorism attacks of September 11, 2001. Funds raised along the way will support the Wounded Warrior Project and the New York Police and Fire Widows and Children’s Fund.
Tour of Duty
The Tour of Duty aims to demonstrate the respect and admiration we hold for the military who are currently on active duty, and to the police, fire fighters, and emergency service workers who serve our countries with diligence, care, and selflessness.
The Tour of Duty team is the coming together of Australian and American military, police, and fire fighting personnel. They are uniting to commemorate and reflect upon the service of the people who protect our nations.
It provides the opportunity to celebrate the history shared by our people, the supreme values of humanity, mateship, camaraderie, and self sacrifice. The 20 stage cycle consists of 24 participants made up of American and Australian Military, Police, and Fire; the journey began in San Diego and finishes in New York. The ride across America 2012 aims to acknowledge and celebrate:
- The service and sacrifice of our military in the fight for peace
- The alliance of our two Nations
- Service people, people who serve globally and locally with courage, care and a sense of duty, for their willingness to serve and protect, so others may live in peace and freedom
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Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.
Address: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256
Phone: (904) 296-7350 or (877) TEAM-WWP (832-6997)
Jayco is the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of recreation vehicles. The company manufactures and markets RVs under the Jay Series, Select, Baja, Jay Feather, White Hawk, Jay Flight, Skylark, Eagle, Pinnacle, Seismic, Octane ZX, Recon ZX, Greyhawk, Melbourne, Seneca, and Embark brand names.
Address: 903 S. Main, Middlebury, Indiana 46540
Phone: (800) RV-JAYCO
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