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Honor ride to benefit vets’ park, museum

Kimberly Jordan kimberly.jordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Local motorcycle clubs are banding together in June for a ride to benefit the Wilson County Veterans Park and Museum.

The Honor Ride for Veterans will be June 29, beginning at the James E. Ward Ag Center. Kickstands go up at 10 a.m.

Veterans Service Officer Bernie Ash, himself a veteran and confessed motorcycle lover, heads up the project of building the park and museum.

"I've been riding for years," he said. "We've been planning [the ride] for five or six months. A lot of people do these to raise money, they seem very popular."

Ash said all proceeds will go to the construction of the park and museum, the total cost of which is estimated at $1.2 million. Ash said efforts are focused on the park portion at this time, and it’s hoped the park will be finished in time for Veterans Day festivities.

"We are looking for a big turnout," he said. "We are expecting about 200 riders."

But you don't have to be a rider to join in on the day's activities. David Hale with Hawk Specialty Services will provide entertainment at the fairgrounds for those participating.

"You don't have to ride to enjoy [the day],” Ash said. “If you just want to come and look at the motorcycles, or listen to the music, we would love for that to happen. Any donations that day will be welcome as well."

The cost is $20 per rider, and passengers can join in for $10. The registration fee includes a T-shirt.

Ash said the museum, when completed, will house exhibits from the Civil War all the way through the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He anticipates the museum portion of the project to open sometime next year.

The Veterans Service Office will be relocated to a space in the museum from its current location at the county courthouse when construction has been completed.

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

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