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Ride to Remember roars into 21st year

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Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2019 12:00 am

For the 21st year in a row, hundreds of motorcycles will rumble from Loganville to Madison on Memorial Day as part of Ride for America.

The event gathers motorcyclists from all over, who converge on the American Legion Post in Loganville on Memorial Day morning and then ride to Madison as hundreds of patriotic supporters line the roads and wave flags.

The ride starts at 9:30 a.m.

Last year organizer Stan Maudlin hoped for the biggest turnout in Ride for America’s history for the 20th anniversary. But rain threatened all day, depressing turnout. Still, 400 riders showed up.

This year, with Mother Nature’s help, Maudlin is hoping for bigger numbers.

“I really hope we get 1,000,” he said.

It costs $10 to register and ride in the event, with the proceeds benefitting several scholarship funds and other veterans’ causes.

Combined with businesses sponsoring the ride, Maudlin said $27,000 has already been raised so far.

“But we hope to got to $40,000,” he said.

Maudlin said the levels of support by people on the roadsides always blows him away.

“I have to carry a extra bandanna to wipe my emotions when we see all those who come out in support. Words can’t describe what a tremendous feeling it gives us to see all the people. Patriotism is still alive and it is shown by all the support,” he said.

Also on Memorial Day, the Lindsey Garrett American Legion Post will also be holding a ceremony on Memorial Day at 6 p.m. at the Walton County Government Building in Monroe, according to Post Commander Benny Parker.

It will feature several speakers and some poetry reading, all in honor of the fallen. The ceremony will last about 45 minutes, Parker said.

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