Willie Podesto, left, owner of the Rear End Shop in Riverbank donated the shop next door to Duke Cooper a Marine Corps veteran that is opening a privately run Veterans First program in Riverbank, a new retreat for veterans and first responders. The Grand Opening is set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. at the location, 2372 Patterson Road. The event is free to the community and everyone is invited to celebrate veterans and first responders, shake their hand and say “thank you” for their service. Active duty and retired veterans will participate in a 25-mile bicycle ride. After the ride they will serve up a BBQ for all guests and they will have a car show that will include military vehicles. To volunteer, to make a donation or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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