Fulton’s VFW Post 2657 is holding a raffle for a 2008 Victory Vision Tour Premium motorcycle donated by Bob White in honor of his father, Robert L. White, who died in 1982.
Robert White was a first sergeant and three-time Bronze Star recipient. He served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars and was an active 20-year veteran.
“He was a soldier,” said Bob White. “And he was a loving father, but he was a soldier. And I want to be part of their support (the veterans). That’s why the bike is there.
Bob White explained that the bike is only 6,240 miles long and comes with an adjustable windshield, heated seats, cruise control, stereo system with rear speakers, and a custom luggage rack.
“These are the people (veterans), the warriors who fought for our freedom,” said Bob White. “My father was one of them, not the best of them or the least of them, but he was one of them. It’s for him and it’s for them.
They will take the bike to the 14th Annual Sons of AMVETS Frogs and Hogs in Mokane on Friday and Saturday. Raffle tickets can be purchased at VFW or online for $ 5 a ticket or five for $ 25. The winner will be drawn at the beginning of September.
“We can’t thank Bob enough for what he did,” said Robert Bennett, member of Post 2657. “This is probably the biggest donation ever made to VFW, certainly the most expensive.
“We love him – it’s great what he did.”
All proceeds will be donated to the VFW to help install their new “Fallen Soldier” statue in front of the building in Fulton for everyone to see, along with any necessary updates around the property.
“They need to be recognized by the community,” said Bob White. “I’m the one who honors dad, then I am the one who honors these people (veterans). That’s all it’s about. I don’t want my father to be forgotten or these people to be forgotten.
For more information, visit Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2657 on Facebook or call 573-642-4090.