Motorcyclists join parade to support homeless veterans barracks
PARKERSBURG — A total of 137 motorcyclists participated in Saturday’s parade in support of We Have Your Six to build a veterans homeless transitional barracks in the area.
Eighty-three of the motorcyclists were members of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. They arrived from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky,Virginia and Oklahoma to participate in the motorcycle ride and parade through Parkersburg to raise awareness for veterans’ homelessness in West Virginia.
The remaining motorcyclists were with the Patriot Guard, American Legion, Legacy Veterans, Bikers for Christ and individual motorcyclists.
The event raised over $10,000 from the motorcyclists for We Have Your Six’s project, said Ron Eagle of Bridgeport, public affairs officer for Chapter 37-1 of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Membership in CVMA hails from all branches of the United States Armed Forces.
Eagle said the Saturday turnout was larger than he expected. He wants to see the parade grow, with more community involvement, for next year’s event on Aug. 1.
The 12-mile motorcycle parade on Saturday started at S&P Williamstown Harley-Davidson, traveled down I-77 to U.S. 50 and over to Parkersburg City Park.
People along the procession route waved U.S. flags and vehicles pulled off the roadways to watch the motorcyclists.
A memorial ceremony took place at the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument and the Nicholas Null Memorial in City Park, with wreaths placed at the two memorials.
The motorcyclists then rode to American Legion Post 15 in Parkersburg for a meal.
“We Have Your Six is a community-based nonprofit organization focused on helping homeless veterans secure adequate food, clothing, shelter, and medical service. Our mission statement is simple: To create a permanent solution to help end U.S. military veteran homelessness,” Director Gloria Husk said.
“The mission of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms,” Eagle said. “We, as a nonprofit, nationwide organization, participate in many motorcycle-related charity events each year that donate to various veteran-care facilities and veteran charities.”