Ride honors veterans

Saturday saw a caravan of motorcycles thundering through Lebanon as the second annual Honor Ride for Veterans left the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
Jun 24, 2014

 

Saturday saw a caravan of motorcycles thundering through Lebanon as the second annual Honor Ride for Veterans left the Wilson County Fairgrounds.

The ride, which benefits the Wilson County Veterans Park and Museum project, was the brainchild of the Veterans Service Office. 

Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash, who is a veteran himself, said participation in this year’s installment was up from last year.

“We had 121 bikes and about 46 riders,” said Ash. The inaugural ride hosted 97 bikes. Anyone who missed out on the ride this year can be sure the chance will come around again,” said Ash. 

He said the office plans to make the ride a yearly tradition.

Ash said the day’s grand marshal was Quinton “Q-man” Moore.

“He’s paralyzed from the waist down, but he loves motorcycles,” said Ash. “We found a lady named ‘Sidecar Donna’ who has a Harley with a sidecar, and she let him ride and they led the parade.”

The ride raised about $3,600 for the park and museum. The park portion of the project is mostly complete, however, Ash said the museum project still needs about half a million dollars to complete it.

“I want to thank [Sheriff Robert Bryan] and [Chief Scott Bowen],” Ash said. “They helped make the ride run smooth. The deputies stayed with us for the entire ride.”

For more information on the Veterans Park and Museum project, call the Veterans Service Office at 615-444-2460.

 

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