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Published on November 27, 2013 under Born To Ride LifeStyle

Wreaths and CHRISTmas

I know it’s just Thanksgiving and I’m talking about Christmas but I have a good reason as to why.

Wreath across America is again involved in making sure each and every grave site at the Sarasota National Cemetery has a fresh cut Christmas Wreath. These wreaths are amazing and will leave you awe struck when you see the cemetery after placement. (National Website –


Motorcycle Escort

December 14th (Saturday)

Meet – 7am

Location – Rest Area on I-75 South of Exit 240 / Sun City)

Kick stands up: 8 am

9 am – Arrival at Sarasota National Cemetery (Exit 205). The Cemetery is located at 9810 State Road 72 (Clark Rd), Sarasota.

The placement of wreaths by family, friends and numerous groups will begin as soon as the escorted vehicles are on the property and the vehicles are safely parked.

10:30 am – Sarasota Military Academy, 30 Minute Program & Service. (immediately after all wreaths are placed)

Sarasota Military Academy (801 Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236 – (941) 926-1700) will be accepting donations (make checks payable to: Wreaths Across America) for wreaths at the above address, through their website or by calling toll free at: (866) WREATHS.

More information can be obtained by calling Sarasota Military Academy.

As of this writing there are over 6,000 men and women are interred at Sarasota National who have served this country honorable.

Make a difference, please support this project. Wreaths are $15 a piece and donations can be made until Monday, December 2nd 2013.


I have been advised by not only local agencies but also the West Virginia Patriot Guard Riders of the following scam.

Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center.  A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers which differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit.  If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller.  The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone make sure you know who you are speaking too.

The numbers to be avoided are: 1-800-872-1000 (VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000) and 1-888-442-4511 (VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551).

The VA has notified law enforcement authorities regarding this situation. Please pass this information along to your friends.

Should you have any comments and/or suggestions please email me at

Have a Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless America and all those who serve to protect us.


Terry Longpre

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