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Honor Ride to take place Saturday

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The fifth annual Honor Ride for Veterans will be Saturday, July 8.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. at the James E. Ward Ag Center in Lebanon.

Carol Dedman, with the Wilson County Veteran's Office, has seen the fundraiser come to fruition in the last five years. She said it is always a great event and a fun way to benefit the Veterans Plaza.

The cost to participate is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Fees include a T-shirt.

Lebanon Mayor Bernie Ash formerly served as Wilson County's veterans service officer. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Ash said that although he is no longer working in the office - veterans will always be close to his heart.

"It is my passion," he said. "I love veterans and respect them. I'm still on the museum committee so I have a small part in it."

Last year's Honor Ride attracted over 100 bikes. Ash said most bikes had passengers.

Ash will be among the riders when kickstands go up on Saturday.

"We try to ride out in the county. We take off and go, and try to stay out of the city," he said, adding that they will cross the square on departure or return to gain visibility for their mission. "We want people to know what is going on."

The Wilson County Veterans Plaza was a longtime dream for many folks in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown. Construction was completed in the fall of 2016, and earlier this year the museum and office portion of the project officially opened.

Funds raised from the Honor Ride will assist in completing the plaza.

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