Nam Knights create a K9 memorial
Denise and Gary Olson, the new owners of HiTech Automotive of Brandon, are longtime members of the AMVETS organization, specifically AMVETS Post 26.
“My wife, Denise, was volunteering her time as Canteen Steward one night and the Nam Knights Westside Chapter came on stream,” Gary said. “My wife called me at home and said, ‘There are some guys here I think you’d really like to meet.’ So, I rode up to meet them. I found out they were a military/law enforcement club, both current and veteran. As I’m a veteran, we hit it off immediately. .
In the summer of 1989, a small group of Harley-riding Vietnam War veterans who were also police officers banded together to form the Nam Knights. The club was founded in New Jersey by Jack Quigley, now retired undersheriff of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department. Quigley served as a platoon sergeant with the 11th Motor Transport Battalion, First Marine Division.
Today, the Nam Knights of America Motorcycle Club has 69 chapters in 16 states, Washington D.C. and two Canadian provinces, with hundreds of members consisting of veterans from all eras as well as law enforcement, as well as some special and dedicated members. patriots.’
As Quigley said, “The club was formed to recapture the brotherhood its founding members shared while serving in Southeast Asia, and to help other veterans of all wars who are unable to help physically or financially.”
The Olsons and their fellow Nam Knights members are currently working on a regional K9 law enforcement memorial to honor all fallen K9 officers who have paid the ultimate price for our protection, which will be located in the town of Temple Terrace.
“The city kindly donated land to us for this memorial,” Gary said. “We have the bronze dog statue, which will be the centerpiece of this memorial, completed at this time and hope to hold a groundbreaking ceremony very soon. Additionally, we are hosting our annual charity event, the Pig Roast, which will take place on April 2 at Brandon Harley Davidson to help support the rising cost of building the memorial. There will be live music, vendors, food, raffle items and more.
If you want to know more about the Nam Knights Westside Chapter, you can visit their website at www.namknightswestside.com.