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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.
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.
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 Dl51D0
The Monument at the Middle East Conflict Wall Memorial
- Friday, May 28
- Saturday, May 23
- Sunday, May 24
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: www.shakersottawa.com
- 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:
Things to do and See:
- Starved Rock Harley Davidson, 750 Centennial Dr, Ottawa, IL 61350
- Buffalo Range Shooting Park, 1252 N 2803rd Rd, Ottawa, IL 61350
(815) 433-2471 or https://www.buffalorangeshootingpark.com/
- Stonehead Leather Shop, 627 S Clark St, North Utica, IL 61373
- 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
- Starved Rock Adventures, 1 Dee Bennett Rd, Ottawa, IL (815) 434-9200
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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