BROCTON – A memorial motorcycle ride is slated to take place this weekend raising money and awareness for U.S. Veteran organizations and interests in Chautauqua County.
Over the past few years, David Anthony, the director of the American Legion Riders of Western New York, says the ride has raised over $10,000.
That funding, Anthony says, has gone to support efforts by the local Blue Star Mother’s chapter helping cover costs associated with their Christmas Care Package drive and to fund support programs for vets with PTSD; like the Joseph P. Dwyer Veteran Peer Support Project.
In addition to raising money, the organizer goes on to say the importance of raising awareness is key as well.
“Everyday 23 veterans commit suicide (nationwide),” explained Anthony. “We want to make sure that if you know a veteran, and they are alone, to let them know that they’re not alone. We can reach out, we can help them out, we are here for them.”
Both vets, their friends, family, and community members alike are invited to join the ride. Registration costs $15 with an additional $5 charge for extra bikes.
The ride kicks off from the Brocton American Legion on West Main Street on Saturday at 10 a.m.