There are 19.3 million veterans in the United States.
The man who is the leader of a portion of those veterans — men and women who have served in a war zone protecting America and have joined their comrades in the Veterans of Foreign Wars — will be stopping in Manteca Wednesday to visit Jimmie Connors Post 6311.
And when he does, Carlon Perry is hoping community members that are free at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday will stop by the Moffat Community Center/VFW Post on Moffat Boulevard to show their appreciation for all who have served.
The visitor is John Bierdrzycki, national commander for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Perry as post commander has arranged a fitting welcome including having 100 flags line Moffat Boulevard along with a presentation by Mayor Steve DeBrum at the post home dedicated in November in partnership with the City of Manteca.
DeBrum said not only is it an opportunity to acknowledge veterans for their service and sacrifices they have made to preserve our freedoms, but it is a way of honoring the VFW Post that has seen its membership soar from 60 to the 300 mark in a little over two years to become a robust organization serving veterans. Post 6311 has won honors for the past two years as the fastest growing VFW unit in the nation. It also was first in the nation in 2015 for members paying to join the Legacy program — an endeavor that is a perpetual fund to help underwrite both national and local VFW programs.
Biedrzycki’s visit to District 13 on Wednesday starts with lunch at Stockton Post 52 before heading to Manteca Post 6311, then on to Ripon Post 1051 before stopping by Modesto Post 3199 and then ending up at Turlock Post 5059 for dinner.
Perry welcomes the community to drop by “to give him a Manteca welcome” during his brief stop.
Guests can see the new Moffat Community Center as well as enjoy finger foods.
a new spin
Modesto Boomers is adding an indoor bumper car attraction named Spin Zone as well as a sports-style bar as part of a major renovation that will be completed by this spring at the location along Highway 99 on Bangs Avenue.
Spin Zone is considered “the next generation” of bumper cars in the amusement industry. The cars are round and will spin and twirl when bumped, creating a wild ride and unique experience. The Spin Zone arena will accommodate up to eight riders during each five-minute ride session.
The new Sports Bar style seating area will feature 10 flat screen TVs and will serve a selection of beer and wine.