The Macarthur Branch Memorial Ride was held in brilliant spring weather on Sunday 10th September. It was the kind of Sunday that would be wasted if at least some of it was not spent on a motorcycle.
This Memorial Ride has occurred annually since 1999 and always culminates with a Memorial Day service followed by a barbecue at the Cordeaux Dam on the Picton – Wollongong road. This dam has a pleasant, well maintained picnic area with sweeping views down a valley and across the dam.
The ride itself was 66 kilometres of good roads commencing from McDonald’s Narellan, taking a circuitous route (more circuitous for some riders than for others) through countryside which to date has mostly escaped the ravages of developers.
The end of the ride saw 126 motorcycles in the dam carpark with about 150 Ulyssians in attendance representing twelve Branches. Special guests of the day were National President Jen Woods and National Treasurer John Osborne.
The service commenced with an introduction and welcome by Macarthur Branch President Mark Shepherd. National President Jen addressed those present on the significance of Memorial Days for our Club and welcomed and thanked all members in attendance.
Macarthur Branch member and former lay pastor Gerrit Neef delivered a Remembrance Day prayer he composed for the occasion. The coincidence of a couple of passing Harley Davidsons resulted in the Harley exhaust note resonating over the gathering, adding to the ambience of the prayer delivery.
Macarthur Branch member Bernie Rogers then delivered the Ode. Bernie wrote this Ode some time ago and it has long been a feature of the Macarthur Branch service.
After a minutes silence to honour those who have passed, those present then moved to enjoying a sausage in a roll, relaxing and renewing or making new friendships.
Macarthur Branch thanks those Ulyssians who attended the day thereby contributing to a pleasant and special occasion.
P.S. If any members can help – Macarthur Branch is looking for photographs of the of the first Remembrance Day ride (1999) and details of participants. Any assistance greatly appreciated.
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