The “Rolling Barrage” is making its way across Canada this month—and will be in Alberta later this week.
Scott Casey is the President of “Military Minds”—and says the main purpose of this fundraiser–is to conquer the stigma of PT-SD.
He says the term “rolling barrage” dates back to Canadian soldiers at Vimy Ridge:
“So what they did–was fire a creeping barrage of artillery fire—and the rounds would be in front of the infantry group as they advanced—-and that allowed them to forge ahead in a short period of time.”
This barrage is all being done on motorcycles—from Halifax to Rally Point in Victoria, BC–in just 17 days. And its open to all riders along the route–as a way of showing veterans and first responders that they arent alone in their struggle with PTSD–and that help is available:
“When the people come out and show their support–that really hits home with most of the guys. When they come out and they’re clapping on the side of the road or the overpasses, or they donate to our cause or they come out to our events in the evenings—even if its just to say thanks or love what you’re doing—-that really means something.”
-And its hitting even closer to home this year—given the shooting in Fredericton, New Brunswick on Friday–in which two police officers lost their lives:
“The Fredericton city police actually provided us with two escorts just the other day as we were leaving that city. Its a shame and a tragedy that we have lost two law enforcement officers who were just doing their duty.
As long as there arent any unforseen delays—the barrage should be travelling from Saskatoon to Edmonton on the Yellowhead August 17th—-then down to Calgary through the Badlands August 18th—and then onto Jasper.
For more information—head to www.therollingbarrage.com.