Cyclists take Honor Ride to benefit veterans

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Memorial Day is just two days away and cyclists got on their bikes Saturday morning for an important cause, to raise money for veteran rehabilitation services.
 
The event is called Honor Ride Ohio and money raised helps hundreds of thousands of veterans who suffer from physical and mental wounds while in and out of the military. 
 

More than 700 riders and spectators participated in Honor Ride Ohio. 


Christine Barker is a spectator who brought her children as their cheered on their dad who rode his bicycle through the start line. 

“It’s always moving to be here today, especially with the family, knowing how much is going on in the world today and how great these veterans are for supporting our country and giving us the freedom we have today,” she says. 

Veterans placed an orange badge on their bike, honoring those who were injured on duty.

Larry Kish, a Navy veteran from 1962-1966, placed ribbons on the back of his bike for his uncle, a shipmate and a neighbor. They were all veterans who passed away this year.

‘I’m trying to honor somebody, all of these people and the country,” he says. 

Dr. Glyde Marsh, who watched each and every bicycle pass by, knows how important it is to honor our veterans. He’s a World War II Veteran himself, drafted right after Pearl Harbor.

“The man met me at the door, he had a telegram, ordered me to active today so I took off the next morning to Fort Bragg, North Carolina,” Dr. Marsh remembers. 

Marsh offered some thoughts this Memorial Day weekend about what is important to remember. 

“(It) is the sacrifices of the people,” he says. “There were many women, for instance, who lost husbands that if they war didn’t come along, they’d have 50 years of happiness. Remember the sacrifices that some people had to make.”


Including Saturday’s ride, which is the 5th year, that this ride is taking place, more than $1 million will be raised for Honor Ride Ohio.
 
To get involved and donate visit http://r2r.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1453&pg=entry

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