Bikers Honor Troops & Veterans At Freedom Ride (PHOTOS)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

Credit: Eric Dutkiewicz

Bikers Honor Troops & Veterans At Freedom Ride (PHOTOS)


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June 27, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Hundreds of bikers winded the streets of New Haven on Thursday night as part of Freedom Ride 2013.

The Freedom Right is an annual event hosted by Ehlerding's River City Harley-Davidson & Ehlerding Motorsports, 5200 block of SR 930 E, between Fort Wayne and New Haven. It is a precursor to the Fourth of July, honoring active military and veterans and celebrating freedom on the back of a motorcycle.

"We think our veterans should be recognized and honor for their service," Don Ehlerding, company president, says. "This is just a small way of saying thank you for your service. It's a very important cause for the folks here at our dealership. And we're very grateful for the fantastic turn out."

Donations and a 50/50 raffle benefited the Men of War Charitable Program. $679 was raised for the charity.

Organizers say the Freedom Ride 200 bikers on 131 motorcycles took part.

Commissioner Nelson Peters, R-Allen County, issued a proclamation in recognition of Freedom Ride 2013.

Ehlerding says there will be an escorted ride to the Three Rivers Festival fireworks on July 20, part of Bike Night.

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