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Bike rally for vets revs up support

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Veterans Services Officer Bernie Ash, Lou Mineweaser, Nancy & Barry Britt. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

The second annual Honor Ride for Veterans will take place Saturday, June 21.

Veteran Services Officer Bernie Ash said that registration for the hour-plus ride will begin at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center at 8 a.m., with the ride to begin promptly at 10:30.

“We will be riding to the east end of the county and then come back for music and concessions,” he said of tunes provided by DJ David Hale.

Last year’s inaugural event welcomed 150 riders, and Ash is hoping to match or surpass that number this year. The cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger and includes a T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit construction of the Veterans Plaza.

One very special passenger has already agreed to be a passenger this year – Wilson Central High School graduate Quinten Moore.

Moore is paralyzed from the waist down; however, “Q-Man” has never let anything stop him, said friend Roger Marsh.

“It has never slowed him up. This year he is going to be riding with ‘Sidecar Donna,’” Marsh said. ‘Sidecar Donna’ is Donna Pittenger.

Quinten’s mom Karen said he also rode a few miles with the Kyle Petty Victory Junction when they stopped in Franklin a few years ago and that he is very excited about the upcoming ride.

In other Veteran Services Office news, Middle Tennessee Electric Customer Care sponsored 50 flags used in the Honoring America’s Flag event held in Mt. Juliet on Saturday, June 14, for Flag Day, and then donated them to the Veteran Services Office.

Ash said that the flags will be sold and profits will be used for the Veterans Plaza project.

“We are hoping to have the park portion completed in the next 30 to 60 days and then have a grand opening on Veterans Day, Nov. 11,” he added.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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