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Kickstands go up Saturday on Honor Ride for Veterans

Angie Mayes • Updated May 12, 2016 at 2:00 PM

The fourth annual Honor Ride for Veterans will take place May 14, beginning at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center in Lebanon.

 

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the ride begins at 10:30 a.m.

“We’ll ride for an hour or hour-and-a-half around the county and come back, have some food, music and door prizes,” said Bernie Ash, Wilson County Veterans Services officer.

The ride will help the Wilson County Veteran’s Office build a park and museum in honor of those who “have served and sacrificed to keep us free,” Ash said.

“We’re going have a 4,000-square-foot military museum, staring with the Civil War and up to the current conflicts,” he said. 

Ash said the museum memorabilia would be from all over, not just from Wilson County residents. 

“We’ll have special events as we go along,” he said.

All motorcycles and riders are welcome, Ash said. The cost to enter is $20 for the rider and $10 for each passenger. That costs includes an official T-shirt.

Anyone who wishes to donate memorabilia from any war may take it to the archive building on South College Street and, “they’ll take care of you there,” Ash said.

The Veterans’ Services Office helps veterans get the Veteran’s Administration benefits each veteran is qualified, Ash said. They service about 1,000 veterans. There are 9,500 veterans in Wilson County. 

“Stop by or call us if you’re a veteran,” Ash said. “We’re getting a lot of Vietnam veterans now. We’re getting to about 65, and we ask you to stop by if you have a service injury, and we’ll help you get your benefits.

The Veterans’ Service Office is in the Wilson County Courthouse. For more information, call 615-444-2460.

 

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