Bike run to honor fallen servicemen from Westmoreland, Beaver counties |

Bike run to honor fallen servicemen from Westmoreland, Beaver counties

Jeff Himler
Jason Mitchell McClary
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, a Special Tactics combat controller with the 26th Special Tactics Squadron, was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2018.

Two Western Pennsylvania servicemen killed last year in Afghanistan will be honored during the second annual Fallen Heroes Run, set for Aug. 10 in Hempfield.

Beginning at 8:15 a.m. at the Z&M Harley-Davidson dealership on Route 30, the motorcycle run will pay tribute to Army Sgt. Jason McClary, 24, an Export-area native, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin, 25, of Hookstown, Beaver County. They were among service members taking part in Operation Freedom’s Sentinel who were killed by a Nov. 27 roadside bomb in Ghazni province.

The event is organized by Operation Vet NOW, a nonprofit veterans support organization that focuses on the health and wellness of veterans of all eras, specializing in combat-related stress and mental health issues. The nonprofit and the dealership are “putting our resources and talents together to recognize the fallen heroes,” said Tony Aubrey, an Air Force combat veteran with Operation Vet NOW.

The run costs $20 for riders and $5 for passengers. An Air Force Raptor vehicle with a Special Operations paint scheme and members of the Warriors of Chaos Veterans Motorcycle Club will lead participants to the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies, located in Cecil, Washington County. The 911th Air Wing Honor Guard will conduct a mid-ride ceremony.

Pre-ride coffee and doughnuts will be available. Lunch will be served when the run concludes at Z&M.

After the ride, the dealership will host a veterans appreciation event featuring food, live music, military displays and information from veterans support organizations.

The Greensburg American Legion post will provide an honor guard for a ceremony honoring fallen service members and Gold Star families.

Visit to register for the run. Questions can be addressed to Aubrey at [email protected] or 412-347-1767.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.