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UPDATE: 6/27/21

The Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association got a first class escort to Lions Park by the Oregon State Police, Ontario Police Department, Malheur Country Sherriff's Office and by Ontario Oregon Fire & Rescue.


The OREGON POW-MIA MEMORIAL HIGHWAY 26 RIDE will be coming to Ontario, Oregon for their final stop at for an event and fundraiser.

The OREGON POW-MIA MEMORIAL HIGHWAY 26 RIDE is being put on by the members of the Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association.

Despite the heat wave hitting us here on the West Coast, the riders will continue this 4-day Memorial Ride across Oregon to Honor HEROS across the state by riding from Bend, OR to Seaside, then from Madras to Ontario, OR which will be their final stop.

The riders will partake in this event starting Friday thru Sunday, June 25-28. We have attached a photo and have added some information by below so you can get the timeline of events and hopefully be able to make it out to Support and help pay tribute to the POW-MIA community.

Riders will take a break at Lions Park located at 790 SW 3rd Ave in Ontario, OR for their final stop which will include venders and music on June, 27 at 5:00PM - 8:00PM MST. The riders will then ride out to Quality Inn for dinner and fundraisers after Lions Park.

These riders take part in this ride each year because it honors those who have been missing in war and it lets Oregon Veterans and Veterans all around the world know that the community around them care for them. Every single rider who partakes in this POW-MIA tribute ride each year has their own personal reason for why they participate in the ride.

Did you know?

Did you know that Highway 26 in Oregon and all 471-miles of it was renamed to "POW-MIA Memorial Highway" to honor all 920 Oregonians who were POWs and for the 1,000 who are still currently listed as MIA since World War I?

The name change of the Highway took place on National POW-MIA Recognition Day on September 19, 2020, and the person behind the name change is retired Lt. Colonel Dick Tobiason along with his nonprofit, The Bend Heroes Foundation.


This is a memorial Run Put on by the Oregon Veteran's Motorcycle Association (OVMA) We will group up on Friday and ride from Wildhorse Harley Davidson in Bend Oregon, we will ride to Seaside Oregon, on Day 1 (Saturday) of the actual ride we will meet up for registration and information at the American Legion in Seaside at 8:00 am then we will ride as a group to the Prom Circle in Seaside for a group photo, then we will depart for Paradise Harley Davidson for lunch, then on through Portland on Highway 26 to Fred Meyer in Sandy, OR to refuel. We will then ride on to Plateau Truck stop in Madras or for refuel and then to the Air Museum in Madras for a dinner and presentation. Madras will be the official overnight stop, Then on Sunday we will meet up at the Cross Keys Station for the days information and ride on to John Day Or, with a stop at the Ochoco rest stop on the way for those neding fuel and bathroom, then to John Day for lunch and meeting with our friends there. After lunch we will ride on to Ontatrio Or, For a celebration and dinner there. This will conclude the event, however, many of us will group and ride back to Bend, Or on Monday. Sign ups are by eventbrite and a copy of the link will be posted here. or you can just go to eventbrite and search for POW MIA. Registration will be $40 per person. This gets you 3 meals and so much more.

Please help us with this great fund raising event. We encourage you to join us even if you are not a rider, Come wave at us with your flags along side the road as we go by.. All of the funds OVMA raises (every penny) is spent to benefit Veterans, their families and our Community. THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.


Ticket Sales Have Ended Online Ticket Sales have ended. you may purchase your registration packet Friday night at the American Legion dinner or Saturday morning at the Prom Circle for $75 cash.

This is a motorcycle ride to honor Highway 26 from Seaside to Ontario as the POW-MIA Highway in Oregon.

About this event Friday the 25th arrive in Seaside. Dinner at American Legion Post #99 ( provided with registration) Saturday the 26th 7:30am registration and staging at the American Legion Post 99 8:30am group photo for all at the Prom Circle in Seaside, OR. 9am departure from Seaside 10:45am We will stop at Paradise Harley Davidson in Tigard for Lunch ( provided with registration) 1:45pm stop at Sandy Fred Meyer for fuel and rest 4:45pm stop at Madras Plateau Travel Center for fuel and rest 5:30pm ending the day at Madras Air Museum for a spaghetti dinner ( donations accepted ) Sunday the 27th 8am depart from the Plateau Truck Stop in Madras. 9:30am Rest Stop - Ochoco 12:00 noon stop at Elks Lodge in John Day for lunch (provided with registration) fuel and rest . 2:00pm Rest Stop in Unity 5:00pm final stop at Lions Park in Ontario for Dinner ( provided with registration) and Fundraisers. Host hotels with special rates are Ebb Tide and Hi Tide in Seaside Quality Inn in Ontario


What does POW-MIA mean?


In 1970, Mrs. Michael Hoff, an MIA wife and member of the National League of POW/MIA Families, recognized the need for a symbol of our POW/MIAs. Prompted by an article in the Jacksonville, Florida, Times-Union, Mrs. Hoff contacted Norman Rivkees, Vice President of Annin & Company, which had made a banner for the newest member of the United Nations, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), as part of their policy to provide flags of all United Nations member states. Mrs. Hoff found Mr. Rivkees very sympathetic to the POW/MIA issue. He and an Annin advertising agency employee, Newt Heisley, designed a flag to represent our missing men.

Following approval by the League’s Board of Directors at a meeting held January 22-23, 1972, POW/MIA flags were manufactured for distribution. Wanting the widest possible dissemination and use of this symbol to advocate for improved treatment for and answers on American POW/MIAs, no trade mark or copyright was sought. As a result, widespread use of the League’s POW/MIA flag is not restricted legally. The large volume of commercial production and sales now required to meet demands of federal and state laws does not benefit the League financially, though Annin & Company did contribute a modest amount on one occasion. READ MORE.


- Ontario Oregon Chamber Of Commerce - Oregon POW-MIA Memorial HWY 26 Ride (

- OVMA POW/MIA HWY 26 MEMORIAL RIDE Tickets, Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 8:00 AM | Eventbrite - OFD

- History of the POW/MIA Flag - National League of POWMIA Families​ (


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