Heartland Park was host to a very special event Saturday morning and people who went were there for one reason, and one reason only.
They were there to honor soldiers who’ve fallen in combat.
“I’m riding for my brother David R. Ogle who died in Vietnam and PFC Rainer because they paid the ultimate sacrifice and this guy will get to ride one more time.”Said David Bennett, one of hundreds of bikers who traveled cross-country to cruise around the Heartland Park Race Track on Saturday morning.
Melissa Jarboe, Event Coordinator says, she’s overwhelmed with the outcome.
“I don’t think you can really put it into words..about how big of a deal this is to the mothers and the fathers who are sitting here today…with tears of happiness knowing that their son or their daughters memory is going to be carried on with a man or woman riding in their honor today.”said Jarboe.
Some rode for their loved ones and others rode for complete strangers but Bennett says, this ride represents what the troops died for.
“No matter how rough the situation is or how tough. We are Americans and we’re proud of our heritage. You know we may have our dislikes and disagreements but in the end we all stick together.”said Bennett.
After the last bike finished bikers took off to the V.A. hospital in Leavenworth to have lunch will all the veterans. Jarboe says, it’s the least they could do.
“It’s a great sense of pride in their country, pride in patriotism and pride of service.”said Jarboe.
“I hope people come to recognize that these soldiers and these heralds have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”said Bennett.
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