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Victory Hometown Heroes Program

Thursday, November 11, 2010
Victory Motorcycles has launched the “Hometown Heroes” program to honor military personnel and to collect personal items at Victory dealerships that Operation Gratitude will distribute to troops worldwide. In the end, one Hero will receive a free, new Victory motorcycle.

Throughout November, consumers are invited to nominate “Hometown Heroes” on the Victory Hometown Heroes website. Those currently serving in the U.S. or Canadian military and all veterans are eligible to be nominated. All nominations will be open to public voting on the site, beginning in early November and concluding on December 5. Following the conclusion of public voting, the veteran or person currently serving in the military receiving the most votes will be selected to receive a free Victory motorcycle.
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“We have the greatest respect for both those currently serving in the military and those who are veterans,” said Victory Motorcycles General Manager Steve Menneto. “So we are honoring ‘Hometown Heroes’ and teaming up with Operation Gratitude to brighten the lives of the brave men and women serving throughout the world.”
Victory also is inviting everyone to support military personnel who have answered the call of duty by dropping off items for Operation Gratitude at Victory dealerships from October 1 through November 30. Operation Gratitude will package and distribute these items to military personnel serving around the world during the holidays.
Each person who donates items for Operation Gratitude at a Victory dealership will receive a free “Victory Military Riders Pin.” All active military personnel and veterans also are invited to visit a Victory dealership to receive one of these pins as a sign of gratitude for their service.
Operation Gratitude is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, volunteer-based corporation, funded entirely by private donations. Items collected can include letters of appreciation, hygiene products, entertainment items such as CDs and DVDs, and toys such as Beanie Babies, which troops commonly use as goodwill gifts for children in the foreign countries where they’re deployed.
“Whether you’re a motorcycle enthusiast or you’ve never rode before in your life, Victory dealerships are your stop to show our troops that you care,” Menneto said. “We encourage everyone to join Victory in supporting Operation Gratitude to help make the holidays more special for military personnel who are away from home.”
Details about Operation Gratitude and the most popular care package items are available at the Hometown Heroes website and www.OperationGratitude.com.
The Hometown Heroes program and involvement with Operation Gratitude are part of Victory’s ongoing support for military personnel and veterans. Military personnel who ride Victory Motorcycles are featured regularly in Victory Rider magazine and on the Victory website, and all military personnel and veterans are invited to pick up their free Victory Military Rider Pins from any Victory dealer.

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Craig -Ok  November 16, 2010 09:53 AM
Ride with your like then and block the rest
wildpig -mr wildpig to you  November 16, 2010 09:48 AM
i call it like i see it
Craig -Mike, Pig, MCUSA  November 16, 2010 09:34 AM
Freedom of expression? Yeah right!
GB -milwankee mike  November 13, 2010 01:30 AM
i lost all respect, if i ever had any) for this guy when he posted how much he enjoyed watching a rider on a goldwing go down just 'cuz he wasn't on a HD. what scummy excuse for a human being. remember that mikey?
Mitch. -M.Mike, - What contracts does Harley have with the U.S. Armed Forces?  November 12, 2010 01:24 PM
M.Mike I know I am going against my own advice by asking this but I am thinking if you can't clear this up for us then maybe somebody else can. What contracts does Harley currently have with the U.S. Armed Forces? The only thing recent vehicle wise I am aware of was the Armstrong MT500 & MT350 witch from what I understand have been discontinued for about a decade now (replaced by Kawasaki M1030 and KLR 250). There was mention of another contract to fabricate bomb casings but that was at least 20 years ago. Other then that I'm not aware or can find anything. Anyone else?
milwaukee mike -Go ahead and buy a Victory  November 12, 2010 11:39 AM
Go ahead and buy a Victory if thats what makes you feel better. But remember that HD (and kawasaki to lasser extent) have contracts to supply our troops.
Satisfy your need to purchase a lesser machine if that is truely your choice.

Mike in WV -Mitch...you're right  November 12, 2010 11:09 AM
You're right Mitch, but I've also found that in the case of MM, if left un checked, he goes balistic in every artlicle he can to bash any maker other than HD. By busting his balls a bit, it gives others a break from his rantings. I like your reference to his being a troll...his stirring the pot may actually just be a brilliant ploy to illustrate how rancid certain product loyalty can be.
Mitch -Mike in WV- feeding the trolls.  November 12, 2010 07:50 AM
The job of a forum troll is not to be right it's to annoy and stir things up. If you've been here long enough you know that M.M. doesn't take half of what he says seriously, so why should you?
Telepicker -Victory Hometown Heroes  November 12, 2010 07:01 AM
Mike in WV: AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mike in WV -Milwaukee Moron  November 12, 2010 05:37 AM
Hey Mike...outside of being an idiot, you're an a**hole. Keep in mind that the Victory side of Polaris has only been around for slightly over 10 years. As far as contributions to our military, Polaris is the ATV of choice for our military. I'll ask you again since you don't have the balls or intelligence to answer the same question I have asked you a half dozen times...What makes SAE superior over metric and what exactly is a "real rider"? You lack any credibility because you don't have the stones to go toe to toe. What have you got to say about HD's financial mess? Your opinion matters about as much as a bucket of ball sweat. Go back to your little HD shrine and dream of the day HD will build a bike with the innovations of a victory or a GoldWing. POSER!
milwaukee mike -Copying HD again  November 11, 2010 04:49 PM
HD honors our military and veterans. So Polaris does a "me too" program. They have never supplied our military arsenal, but want to cash in on the military and veterans.
Can you say "Cheesy"?