Laconia Harley-Davidson will commemorate Veterans Day by raising funds and revving the spirits of New Hampshire veterans who risked their lives to defend freedom. During the month of November customers can donate $10 and write a special message on a Harley bandana to uplift the spirits of the brave men and women living at the New Hampshire Veterans Home (NHVH) in Tilton, NH. Laconia Harley will match donations dollar-for-dollar with one hundred percent of proceeds going to the Veterans Home. In December the bandanas will be sewn together into a wall-hanging and presented along with the donation, expected to be several thousand dollars. Donations can be made at the Laconia and White Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships and online at www.laconiaharley.com.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, New Hampshire is home to 121,711 veterans, 8,147 of which live in Belknap County, NH.
“Harley-Davidson has always maintained a close relationship with veterans and military personnel. We continuously search for ways to support the thousands of veterans whom reside in the state of New Hampshire.” said Anne Deli, owner of Laconia Harley-Davidson. “Whether you ride a Harley or not, we can all agree that veterans need our support. Let’s raise some funds and rev the spirits of our brave men and women.”
For more than a century, NHVH has been a home and health resource for Granite State armed forces veterans. Home to 195 men and women who fought in World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars, the facility works hard at providing a unique environment for the elderly and disabled veterans who now seek professional long-term care services.
While NHVH is a modern facility that provides professional, quality care, it faces many challenges including financial support for items to help improve the care, safety and comfort of residents. NHVH has enough space to accommodate 250 veterans but operates below capacity due to the rising costs of long-term care, budget limitations and challenges recruiting nurses. Despite these challenges, NHVH remains committed to improving current residents’ quality of life and anticipating the needs of the latest generation of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. One of NHVH’s long-term goals is to build an outpatient rehabilitation center to serve New Hampshire’s population of the 2.4 million Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
“The Veterans Home depends upon the generosity of supporters like Laconia Harley-Davidson to enhance our residents’ quality of life,” said Barry Conway, Commandant of the New Hampshire Veterans Home. “I am reminded of the words of one of our World War II vets who said, ‘I came to Veterans Home to die – and instead I learned how to live.’ This fundraiser will acknowledge their sacrifices and support future generations for years to come.”
Laconia Harley-Davidson will accept donations in-store and online starting on November 7th through the end of the month. Customers can purchase a bandana and write a message at the Laconia Harley dealership at 238 Daniel Webster Highway (Rte 3) in Meredith and White Mountain Harley-Davidson at 1275 White Mountain Highway (Rte 16) in North Conway. Donate online at www.laconiaharley.com.
Photo caption: A Laconia Harley-Davidson employee writes a message of thanks to residents of the New Hampshire Veterans Home. Laconia Harley-Davidson is commemorating Veterans Day by raising funds and revving the spirits of New Hampshire veterans who risked their lives to defend freedom. During the month of November customers can donate $10 and write a special message on a Harley bandana to uplift the spirits of the brave men and women living at the New Hampshire Veterans Home in Tilton, NH. Laconia Harley will match donations dollar-for-dollar with 100% of proceeds going to the Veterans Home. Donations can be made at the Laconia and White Mountain Harley-Davidson dealerships and online at www.laconiaharley.com.
About Laconia Harley-Davidson
American Road Group owns and operates Harley-Davidson dealerships and merchandise stores nationwide. Its Laconia Harley-Davidson is home to America’s Original Motorcycle Week and is now one of the largest dealerships in the country. Its iconic destination dealership is located in Meredith, New Hampshire; and also includes White Mountain Harley-Davidson in North Conway, NH. Orlando Harley-Davidson is the premier Harley-Davidson dealership in the United States. Its Harley merchandise stores at major airports and visitor locations include Walt Disney World, and airport and tourist locations in Orlando, Chicago’s O’Hare airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul airport and also in Key West, Florida, at the huge Mall of America in Minneapolis, at National Harbor in Washington, D.C., and Indianapolis airport. The Company is led by Steven F. Deli, Chief Executive Officer, and Anne Deli, President.
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About the New Hampshire Veterans Home
The New Hampshire Veterans Home (NHVH) was established in Tilton in 1890 as the Soldier’s Home for Civil War Veterans. One of just four New Hampshire nursing homes to win the 2007 Quality of Life Award from the NH Department of Health & Human Services, the modern facility is home to men and women who have served their country and fellow New Hampshire citizens.
The mission of NHVH is to provide high quality, professional long‐term care services to the Granite State’s elderly and disabled veterans. NHVH is the only long‐term care facility in the Granite State that is dedicated exclusively to veterans.
As a professional health care provider, NHVH offers a full range of services including residential, medical/dental and nursing care as well as physical/occupational therapy, recreation, and dietary and social services. Chapel services, exercise groups, arts and crafts, shopping trips, live entertainment and various community outings support residents’ quality of life. NHVH also offers inter‐generational programs and animal‐assisted recreational therapy. Dedicated staff members work in partnership with volunteers from surrounding communities and numerous veteran service organizations to enrich our residents’ lives.