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Chapter 24-2 of Northern Illinois

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Map to the Middle East Conflict Memorial Wall

​​​Welcome to the Annual Middle East Conflict Wall Memorial (MECWM) Rally Home Page.  This is where you can find dates, time, links, contact information and weekend Agenda.

The Monument at the Middle East Conflict Wall Memorial

When & Where:

Dates: Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-30, 2021)

      (NOTE: We will have members at the Hotel as early as 1300          on the 27th setting up, so don't be afraid to ride out 
       early.  We can always drink beer and shoot guns!)                      **Be sure to keep a look out for our raffle items!**

Location: Host Hotel is the Hampton Inn Ottawa (Alternate Hotels below)

The Hampton Inn is where you will sign in, you can park         your bikes if you'd like and we will be gathering &                 partying.

Hampton Inn Ottawa

Address: 4115 Holiday Ln, Ottawa, IL 61350

Phone: (815) 434-6040

Rates: We have a block of rooms at $109/night under discount code 'CVMA'

Alternate Hotel: We have added a block of 24 more rooms at the hotel right next door to the host hotel, and is walking distance to both the party area and the sponsoring bar/restaurant.
Fairfield Inn
Address: 300 Fairfield Ln, Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: (815) 431-8955
Rates: We have a block of rooms at $107.20/night under discount code 'Combat Vet” or if booking online 

​​​​​Weekend Agenda:
- Thursday, May 27

  • Chapter members will be on site setting up at the Hampton Inn parking lot.  Early arrivals are welcome to join us. 
  • POC is Jeff “Lotion” White @ (714) 580-9861 or Corey “ Barney” Barnett @ (760) 702-2797

- Friday, May 28

  • 0900 - 1900 Check-in and party at the Host Hotel
    • ​Buy lunch Tickets for Saturday lunch, Event Patches, and Pins, and Raffle Tickets for Saturdays Drawing 
  • 0900 - 1400 Guided ride starting at the Hampton Parking Lot
    • Safety Brief for morning ride
    • 0915 KSU for 110 mile ride along 3 rivers and through 5 State Parks.  Even for you locals this is a beautiful and scenic route. Ride will be led by 24-8 Chapter Commander Boomer.
  •   ​1800-?? - Party at Host Hotel ​​​
    • Pig Roast - $10 plate includes Pork, Beans, & Coleslaw Drinks will be provided. Tickets can be purchased in advance    (please make sure you label payment as Pig Roast ticket in the special instructions)                                              tickets will also be available on site May 28th
    • Music, Yard Games, Bonfire, Beers, Moonshine, Fellowship, and Family. What more could a Soldier want?  
    • Party at the Host Hotel under the Cammo Net                                        

- Saturday, May 23

  • 0830 - Blessing of the Bikes - Voluntary
  • 0900 - Mandatory Safety brief for the run to the wall
  • 0930 - Kick Stands Up (KSU). Ride to LaSalle Veterans Home
    • Due to Covid-19 restrictions this will be a DRIVE BY ONLY
    • Present Donation - ONLY will IL State Rep along with       IL -24s 8 Chapter Commanders present donations due to Covid-19 restrictions
    • Ride to the Wall
  • 1130-1300 - Ceremony and Museum visitation
    • ​*** Event Sign-In - Credit for Nationally Sanctioned Event (Make sure you have your ID card with Magnetic Strip)
  • 1330 – Ride on your own to Shakers Lounge for Group Lunch – Price & Lunch Menu TBD
  • We will pre-sell lunch tickets all day Friday and Saturday!
    • Be sure you buy a meal ticket prior to arriving to lunch as you will need a ticket to eat.
    • Alcoholic beverages will be on your own check and will be your own responsibility.
    • Please remember to TIP the staff!
  • 1430 @ HQ Parking Lot 
    • Gun Raffle, 50/50, and other various Raffle Drawings
    • Camaraderie, Social Games, Music, Beer, Bonfire

​- Sunday, May 24

  • Sunday morning will be packing up and going home folks.  We wish you all a safe and beautiful ride home and Thank you for coming to spend time together honoring our fallen and for the fellowship! 

  • We look forward to seeing you again out at Nationals.

Bars and Restaraunts: 

Our Host Bar (And place I would encourage you to frequent in return for their support) is:

- Shaker's Lounge - Sports Bar & Grill
    121 W Stevenson Rd, Ottawa, IL  61350
    (815) 433-2110 and Website:

- Mix's Trading Post / Jamie's Outpost Parlor

    602 Clark St., Utica, Illinois 61373

    Super cool Leather shop and bar owned by a military family.  The 
    father and son are both still enlisted.

- Other local bars are: 

  • Psycho Silo Saloon, Intersection Rt 6 & Rt 40, Sheffield, IL 61361

          (815) 878-1058

  • JJ's Pub, 104 W Main St, Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 431-1816
  • h2o Bar & Grill, 935 E Main St, Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-4502

Things to do and See: 

- Starved Rock Harley Davidson​, 750 Centennial Dr, Ottawa, IL 61350​
   (815) 431-1900

- Buffalo Range Shooting Park, 1252 N 2803rd Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350
​   (815) 433-2471 or

​- Stonehead Leather Shop, 627 S Clark St, North Utica, IL 61373

   (815) 667-3040

​- Sky Dive Chicago, 3215 E 1969th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 433-0000

​- Illinois Waterway Visitor Center, 950 N 27th Rd, Starved Rock Lock and    Dam, Ottawa, IL 61350 (815) 667-4054

​- Buffalo Rock State Park, 1300 N 27th Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350-9732
   (815) 433-2224

​- Starved Rock Adventures, 1 Dee Bennett Rd, Ottawa, IL (815) 434-9200​

Middle East conflicts Wall memorial rally

A Quote from 'GUNS'

Hey Chica, I hope you don't mind that I posted this quote.  I stole it from your Instagram page and it is a good reminder to us all.

"This is to all the veteran war fighters out there. If the shoe fits wear it. If it doesn't just shrug it off and recognize that it does not apply to you. Memorial day is right around the corner. It is a troublesome and sometimes confusing day for a lot of people. A day when people walk up to us and to say "thanks for your service" not realizing that the person they're thanking feels guilty that they are alive and all of their friends are dead. It is a day we watch everyone have barbecues, drink beer, and enjoy the day off. Remember that this was the point of it all. I want my family and friends to live in ignorant bliss. Never having to know about the blood and screams. So on May 30th when somebody thanks you for service, don't be a bitch and correct them about the difference between veterans day and memorial day. Look around at the smiles on everyone's faces. Smell the smoke from the barbecue, kick back put your feet up and enjoy a beer. Live in the moment for a day. Be in the present appreciating our brothers that gave it all, and that they did it for a reason. Know that the people around you are doing exactly what they're supposed to be doing. They are doing what we fought and some died for. They are enjoying a FREE life."

- Misty 'Guns' Badger


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