Ride Helps Veterans, Honors The Fallen
DALLAS — The third annual Veterans Ride for Honor on Sunday paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.
It also raised funds to help veterans in need.
The event began with a 40-mile motorcycle ride that started in Wyoming County and ended at American Legion Post 672 in Dallas, where scores of riders gathered with Legion members and the community for a brief ceremony, complete with honor guard.
As a large crowd lined up for a chicken dinner at the Legion post, organizers said this year’s Ride for Honor was the biggest so far.
“It’s pretty awesome,” said Art Pimm, the event chairman, and a member of the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club.
It was also a solemn occasion, however much participants enjoyed the ride and other activities, Pimm noted.
“This is to remember our veterans who gave us the right” to enjoy a peaceful holiday weekend, he said.
As the line for the chicken barbecue grew long, state Rep. Karen Boback said it reminded her of Memorial Day memories from her childhood, when the community would come together for “a patriotic celebration.”
Boback, R-117, Harveys Lake, has helped organize the event since it started two years ago. She even took part in the motorcycle ride this year, she said.
All proceeds from the Ride for Honor will go to local veterans organizations, Boback said. Last year’s event raised about $4,000 and organizers expect this year’s total to exceed that, she said.
A team of volunteers, including the Legion Riders, the Kunkle Fire Company, the Rotary Club of Dallas and officers of Legion Post 672 contributed, according to Boback.
Some of the participants lingered in the parking lot outside the Legion hall, comparing notes on the ride.
Two bearded men in bikers’ jackets said they take part in every ride they can find that helps or honors veterans.
One of the men, who identified himself only by his riding name of “Pinball,” said he knows many veterans who struggle with mental health issues — in some cases caused by trauma that claimed the lives of other men and women as they served their country.
“This is about people who died for your freedom,” he said.
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Representatives of local veterans organizations in search of funding may contact Art Pimm at 570-760-1990.