May 31, 2011

Freedom ride honors fallen Virginians

By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen      
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

KING GEORGE, Va. — Flying high above the massive convoy of motorcycles, a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew from the Virginia Army National Guard's Sandston-based Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion soared over more than 1,000 motorcyclists participating in the 2011 Frazier-Mason Some Gave All Freedom Ride May 22 before landing at King George High School to provide a static display of the aircraft for those in attendance.

 

A UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew from the Virginia Army National Guard's Sandston-based Company B, 777th Aviation Support Battalion (AVUM) flies above more than 1,000 motorcyclists participating in the Some Gave All Freedom Ride May 22 from Spotsylvania High School, where Marine Sgt. Joshua J. Frazier graduated, to King George High School, where Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason graduated. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The fifth annual ride honors the lives of two Virginians and all others who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror, Marine Sgt. Joshua J. Frazier and Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason. The riders began at Spotsylvania High School where Frazier graduated and rode to Mason’s alma mater, King George High School.

"Everyone who participated talked about what an honor it was to ride and see the people standing on the side of the road, with their American flags, waving them on," said Rick Frazier, Joshua's father, in an interview with the Freelance Star.

With the help of four different police and sheriff’s departments providing route security, the bikers made it safely along the route which was lined with supporters waving American flags. Once at their destination, the bikers showed off their bikes, enjoyed refreshments, rocked out with a local band and viewed the memorial tents set up to honor the brave men for whom the ride is named.

“This event is important as it serves to perpetuate the memory of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in order that all Americans can enjoy the freedom and rights that we all have,” said Vic Mason, father of Nicholas. “I feel this event brings together the community and provides a venue in which the community can come together and say thank you to all of our military personnel, past and present, and their families for their service to this great country.”

During the event, the Some Gave All Foundation presented $30,000 to several groups as part of their mission to help those who have served their country. The presentations included $15,000 for a team to compete in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, $10,000 to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs new outpatient clinic in Fredericksburg, and $5,000 for wounded Army Sgt. Jude Recendez to buy furniture.

 
The annual Some Gave All Freedom Ride honors the lives of Marine Sgt. Joshua J. Frazier and Virginia Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason as well as all others who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terror. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)


“We, the Fraziers and Masons, are honored and proud to be parents of two such brave, fearless and patriotic young men that we will always miss, love and remain proud of,” said Mason.

It is the goal of the foundation to make each year's event better than the last. The Masons and Fraziers are committed to ensuring that through these events, the sacrifices of our military are remembered, the needs of our disabled veterans and wounded warriors are met and the memories of those that gave all remain in the hearts and minds of the community forever.

Quoting his reverend, Mason said, “I came across three questions that can be very disturbing. ‘How long will you be remembered, by whom and for what?’ We will not let the sacrifices of those who gave all be forgotten.”

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