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Famous motorcycle ride to make mark
by Nancy Grindle · June 30th, 2016

Mayor Nick AbouAssaly declared Monday, July 11, as "Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day." This special day is to honor the "Sisters' Centennial Motorcycle Ride," a trek for female riders from New York to San Francisco between July 3 and 24.

They plan to come through Marion on July 11 and a celebration will be held in City Square Park from 3 to 5 p.m.

This summer the riders will raise funds to support housing for homeless female veterans and also for motorcycle education.

The ride commemorates the summer of 1916, when sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren became the first women to ride across the continent, coast to coast. At that time, they also came through Marion and rode "to support the National War Preparedness Movement, women's suffrage, and to demonstrate the ability of women to serve the nation in any capacity, including the hazardous job of Army motorcycle dispatch riding... ."

Brenzel has contacted the Chrome Divas, the Cedar Valley Indian Motorcycle Club, Post #298 American Legion and Auxiliary, and the American Legion riders to be present at the celebration.

The proclamation also states that the City of Marion "recognizes the ability and value of all its community members to serve the country, state and city at every level and in every capacity and supports efforts to aid all U.S. veterans."
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