Riders ready to rev up for veterans

Xavier Smith • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:40 PM

Local motorcycle enthusiasts are joining together to raise money for the Wilson County Veterans Park and Museum. 

The Second Annual Honor Ride for Veterans will be held Saturday, starting at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center. Registration is at 8 am with kickstands going up at 10:30 a.m.

Bernie Ash, a veteran and motorcycle lover, heads the park and museum project and is the organizer of the event, which had about 150 riders last year. 

“The museum and park will be for all veterans,” said Ash, “especially those killed in action, POWs and MIAs.”

Passengers and non-riders are also welcomed to enjoy the events of the day. David Hale is returning this year to provide entertainment at the fairgrounds.

“If you like to look at motorcycles or just listen to the noise and music, come on out,” Ash said.

Rolling Thunder, Concerned Motorcyclists of Tennessee (CMT) and Roughneck MC are some of the motorcycle clubs that plan to attend the ride. 

Ash said he hopes the museum, which will be located beside the Wilson County Courthouse, will help educate the public about veterans in Wilson County and Tennessee. 

Ash also said he hopes the museum, which is the first phase of the project, will be completed in the next 30 to 60 days and eyes Veterans Day as a potential grand opening date.

The entire project is estimated to cost around $1.3 million and the Veterans Service Office will be located inside the museum when completed. 

The cost of the honor ride is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. The registration cost includes a T-shirt. 

For more information on the event, contact Ash at the Veterans Service Office at 615-444-2460.

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