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ROCHESTER, MN — Saturday was a nice day outside for a motorcycle ride and that is what dozens of people in our area did.
It was all part of an effort to honor the thousands of troops who have died overseas fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Motorcycle enthusiasts gathered in Rochester to take a trip around the area in honor of someone they love, or just to show their respect for those who have served.
It was a day filled with emotions.
“There’s a lot of laughter, there’ll be tears here, there’ll be stories shared today through memories,” said Terry Thronsdon.
Throndson is a Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy for four years, but he rode for more than just that.
“This is to show support of our fallen, this is to show support of those serving and hopefully to inspire those in the future to understand that it is a band of brothers and sisters,” Throndson said.
He took part in the second annual Hero’s Ride. While he went along for the 100 plus mile journey through southern Minnesota, others are honoring our country’s heroes at the VFW.
“We live in a great area where we have a great passion for those that have served our country. We were trying to create something that was unique,” said Hero’s Ride Chair, Scott Eggert.
Some of the stops for the unique event included Millville and Lake City.
“We can spread the message to those families and to those parents, we love you, we care about you and we remember,” Eggert said.
While many of the riders are veterans or people who have family in the military, there are some who have no connections at all and that is what makes it so meaningful.
“When someone comes to ride in an event like this and they don’t have ties, that’s what I’m looking for, because then they get that feeling and they go, I get it now, I understand why you’re doing what you’re doing,” Eggert said.
Whether people are veterans or not, the ride is about the people on the Fallen Hero’s Banner.
“That’s a hell of a price to pay to be able to stand here today, any day, to do something on a nice day like this or any day, it’s the price of freedom and it’s a lot of blood,” Throndson said.
100 percent of the proceeds from the ride and the other events go directly to help area veterans through organizations like the Disabled American Veterans and the VFW.