Salute To Veterans

Car & Motorcycle Show!

Saturday June 25th, 2022

 

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With sadness Saluting out Veterans will be dissolving!

Hello Veterans Car Show Friends,

Several of  you have received a note like this already, but this one has a bit more important information!

This Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show was the biggest ever!  We had 450 vehicles including 370 cars, 44 bikes, all kinds of military vehicles, police and fire vehicles, Optimus Prime, and assorted others…including the Huey!

We have grown, in the past 11 years, from 89 cars (which was huge for a first Car Show) and one motorcycle!  Our first event featured our small BBQ, a Blue Grass Band, a SWAT Car, Vintage Fire Truck, 10 trophies, and that’s it!  We have added Food Carts, Silent Auction, Veterans’ Ceremony with Fly Overs, helicopters including a Huey, Loach and Black Hawk, Police/Sheriff, & Fire Vehicles,  Pipe Band, R&R Bands, DJ, Vendors, Miss Oregon, Star Wars Characters and Super Heroes (for fun for kids of all ages), Kid’s Activities, a Motorcycle Run, a Howitzer, WWII Tank, Coast Guard and Wa. Co. Rescue Boats, and much more!  It has become a community event that everyone looked forward to.

Because of the support of people like you we have raised almost $300,000.00 – all for our local veterans in need.

It is with sadness, yet pride, that I share with you that this was my last event.  Our Board of Directors has also voted to dissolve the Saluting Our Veterans Non-Profit and the dba Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle Show.  There is no one who has the knowledge nor the time to carry it on at the level it has become.

I have devoted 11 years to growing this wonderful event and have loved every minute of it!  But the bigger it gets, the more work it becomes.  Because of my husband’s health issues I must step back and refocus…

I have a wonderful Board who helped out a lot this year, and lots of great volunteers on the ‘day of’.  I am grateful for all of them.  And I am grateful for you and all of the others who have been supporting us with donations, as well as with amazing vehicles … many of you whom have been with me since the first Show in 2012!

Our paths may cross again one day!  Thank you again for your support and friendship.

Take Care,

Lynn Kirwan

Organizations We Donate to

Salute to Veterans donates to organizations that focus on Veteran Health and Well-being. Here are a few of the organizations we have donated to in the past.

Do Good Multnomah is a non-profit organization that partners with the community to provide permanent supportive housing and low-barrier emergency shelter to houseless Veterans in Portland, Oregon. We emphasize relationship-building, one-on-one engagement, supportive services, and direct community participation, changing the way we serve houseless Veterans.

Our Mission: Do Good Multnomah supports Veteran-centered communities that inspire dignity, sustainability, and purpose.
While we are committed to providing Veterans with a safe, warm place to stay for the night, we are equally interested in forging meaningful relationships with them. These bonds allow for our staff to serve as mediators and connectors between Veterans and the variety of Veteran service organizations in Portland.

The Honor Flight Network is a national network comprised of 128 independent Hubs throughout the country working together to further the Honor Flight mission. In furtherance of this common goal, we have the opportunity to show our nation’s veterans the appreciation and honor they deserve. Participation in an Honor Flight trip gives veterans the opportunity to share this momentous occasion with other comrades, to remember friends and comrades lost, and share their stories and experiences with other veterans. All honored veterans travel at no cost to the veteran.

The Honor Flight has a mission of honoring our nation’s veterans by taking them to Washington, DC.  They visit War Memorials and other Monuments dedicated to their service and sacrifice, in addition to visiting Congress to meet local legislators, and participating in a Wreath Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Ceremony. While originally focused on honoring our nation’s World War II veterans, the Honor Flight Network now also honors Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans, and in special cases terminally ill veterans from more recent service eras. Since its formation in 2005, the Honor Flight Network has taken more than 245,000 veterans to Washington D.C. Because of this non-profit, more than 22,000 veterans each year can go.

We will be taking a portion of the money we make from the Salute to Veterans Car & Motorcycle show and will donate to the Honor Flight of Oregon Hub. This will allow a few Oregon Veterans to travel to DC, for some this will be a lifetime dream and to be able to say goodbye to their fallen comrades.

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When Disabled Veterans are discharged from their respective services, they face many unique challenges integrating into civilian life. From physical ailments to mental disorders such as PTSD, our returning service members must not only overcome these new challenges but also face employers that sometimes feel their military training is not an attribute. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

The training required to be successful in today’s military, across the services, is as advanced as any employer could hope for. Add the personal discipline military personnel are ingrained with, and many of the men and women coming out of today’s military are likely prime candidates for a wide variety of employment positions. Many of these positions require certification or training that was not available or received on active duty. The Disabled Veterans Benefit Fund provides opportunities by way of scholarships as well as tailored mentorships for our veterans to obtain the training they need to succeed without the burden of how to pay for it.

The DVBF also makes funds available for emergency situations that our Disabled Veterans are likely to face. From desperately needed home repairs to counseling for a dependent child affected by their parent’s service, the fund provides the means on a case-by-case basis to turn the potential disaster into an opportunity for success.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fee to enter the Car & Motorcycle Show?

Pre-registration is $15, and $20 at the gate

Is the event open to all kinds of vehicles?
Yes, all vehicles are welcome! We have vintage, new and Military Vehicles join us. 
How can I become a sponsor?

Simply fill out the sponsor registration and choose the level you are interested in. We recognized all who support us on a large banner at the event, in our media and on our website.

What kinds of activities are included at the Car & Motorcycle Show?

We produce a great family event with all kinds of vehicles, trophies, food carts, Blue Grass Band, R&R Band, DJ, Bag Pipe Band for the Veterans Ceremony with ‘celebrity’ speakers, a Civilian Plane Flyover, Vendors, the real Optimus Prime Truck and his ‘brother’ Veterans Truck, Vintage fire trucks, Huey and Loach Helicopter landings (2019 – a Blackhawk landed!), a Military Museum, Silent Auction, and more…

What is the charge for spectators?

FREE admission for Spectators!  There is ADA parking. Wheel chairs are able to maneuver on the hard grass of the Fair Grounds.

Can I put a for sale sign on my vehicle?

Yes, you can and we may even have a Car Corral this year.

How can I donate if I can’t attend the event?
Simply go to the Donate Here section on this website and donate
away! Thank you!
How can I volunteer for the events – 2022 Car & Motorcycle Show?

Please call Lynn at 503 780 4670 or email her at lynnkirwan1@comcast.net. There are lots of fun volunteer opportunities avilable.  

Can my Car Club get involved?

Absolutely! We have several Clubs who join us each year in a group. They put their club banners out and have a great time. We recognize them on our site and at the events. Again, either call or email Lynn.

Are vendors welcome?

Vendors are most welcome and we usually have around 50-60 vendors of all kinds. Please see the Vendor Registration on this site.

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Without the help of our volunteers, Saluting our Veterans may not exist. Thank you to our volunteers, your help and dedication mean more than we can express.