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Staff Report

On Saturday, Sept. 19, veteran service organizations in Delta will be hosting the second annual POW/MIA Tribute Poker Run to help boost public awareness about prisoner of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) issues, as well as veteran suicide.

According to a news release from those veteran organizations, which encompasses the American Legion Post 65 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571, up to 200 riders will take part in that poker run Saturday as a tribute to more than 80,000 prisoners of war and military missing in action since World War II, as well as the 22 veterans per day on average who take their own lives.

“This tribute is in support of the families and friends of these veterans, many of whom live in Delta, Mesa and Montrose counties,” the news release stated.

The veteran organizations are partnering with TJ Cycles and Offroad to host this event. The riders will gather at TJ Cycles and Offroad, which is at 1520 Bluff St., Delta between 8 and 10 a.m. From there, they will head to Paonia, through Crawford, over Black Mesa, through Montrose and back to their starting point at TJ Cycles and Offroad.

Upon their return, Dented Face BBQ will serve the riders a catered lunch and Dave’s Fault will provide live music during “an afternoon of fellowship.”

State, county and city guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place during these events.

The Poker Run is sponsored by veterans service organizations, Alpine Bank, Hellman Motor Company, Bank of Colorado, Mesa Rentals, First Colorado National Bank, Walgreens and others, the news release stated.

“It is open to all motorcycle riders and any others who wish to drive with them in tribute to POW/MIAs and veterans who have died by suicide,” the news release stated.

Anyone wishing to learn more about the event can call 970-399-3388 or stop by TJ Cycles and Offroad with questions.

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