Motorcycle clubs joining forces to honor vet killed in accident

August 11, 2017 12:44 PM

EARLTON – Two motorcycle clubs will join forces on Saturday to honor a veteran killed in an accident last year. The hope is this ride will benefit other veterans-in-need through the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany.

The run goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brennan’s on Route 81. It is supported by the Amazon Nation and Freedom Riders Motorcycle Clubs and welcomes regular riders – to honor Vincent Manna. He was a Naval veteran and a regular on weekend rides through the hills of Greene County.

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"He was just such a great guy and he was so loved by everybody and I don't know about everybody else but I still miss him terribly,” said Melinda Martin of the Amazon Nation Motorcycle Club. “Everyday little things remind me of him and make be giggle."

Manna died August 13, 2016 in a motorcycle accident. He was 60. The one-year anniversary is this Sunday so they felt that Saturday’s ride, the 29th annual, should be renamed for Manna to honor him and all veterans.

“I keep his card right on my coffee table and I pray to him every night,” said Orville Maxwell, VP of the Freedom Riders.

Manna, from Catskill, joined the Navy in 1973 right out of high school. He was a jet-engine mechanic, shifting to the Naval Reserves in 1977 and later the Army Reserves. Additionally, Manna spent over 30 years with the Dept. of Corrections and the Coxsackie Prison.

"We're real proud of him,” Martin said. "A lot of veterans gravitate to motorcycle clubs. They miss the brotherhood. It's a different level."

Proceeds from the run benefit the Veterans Miracle Center in Albany. It offers counseling, clothing, housewares, personal care items and even toys to kids for veterans and their immediate families. Cost for the Vincent C. Manna Memorial Ride is $15/person or $25/couple and features food, entertainment and door prizes. Kickstands up at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, August 12.


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