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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Veteran’s Club Bike Rally

Frankfort, KY, USA (September 20, 2020) — Motorcycles rode through the streets of Frankfort Saturday afternoon to raise awareness of suicide among veterans during National Suicide Prevention Month.

Approximately 100 people riding more than 60 motorcycles joined the Veteran’s Club’s event. The bikers met in Shelbyville at 10:30 a.m. to ride together to Frankfort.

“It gets veterans out. It gets them connected with other people. We believe connection is the key to overcoming suicide, not just for veterans but for everyone,” said the organization’s president Jeremy Harrell. “We want to make sure they understand they’re not alone. We’re here. We’re ready to battle in the trenches with them. We want them to get better. We want them to enjoy life.”

An average of 20 veterans die by suicide every day in the United States, according to the U.S. Department for Veteran Affairs. “We’re not okay with that number. In fact, one is too many,” Harrell said.

Several groups participated in the event including the Veteran's Club, the Exodus Saints Motorcycle Ministry and the Founding Sons Motorcycle Club.

Posted by Veteran's Club on Saturday, September 19, 2020

Exodus Saints Motorcycle Ministry president Michael Williams said he wants people to remember they’re not alone when they hear about Saturday’s motorcycle rally.

“I hope it gives them hope. Let’s them see that people care and they’re understanding and want to be nurturing and accept them, to help them work through the issue. To let them know that someone still cares even if it’s a stranger that cares for them. That there’s always something to fight for and that others will stand with you to fight,” Williams said.

The event also served as a fundraiser for the Veteran’s Club. Riders paid $20 when they turned in their waiver and had the opportunity to buy merchandise to benefit the organization.

Monday, September 14, 2020

13th Annual Sergeant Janargonish Ride

Jessup, Pennsylvania, USA (September 14, 2020) - In Lackawanna County, an annual motorcycle ride in memory of a soldier killed during an ambush in Afghanistan went on although it was a little different because of the pandemic.

Jan was killed on August 27, 2007 during an ambush in the Kunar Province of Afghanistan at the age of 26. Jan served in the Pennsylvania National Guard for 10 years, this being his third deployment.

Jan was an amazing person who loved his son Jakub, his family, friends, and fiancé Talia. Jan loved to go riding with his son, country music, and classic cars. Jan is loved and missed dearly by his family, friends and the countless others he touched over his lifetime.

"It's great to be able to still have a way to honor Jan even though the world looks a little bit different," said Talia Walsh, organizer. "We know the event can't be the same as it always is but we are glad that everyone who is here is supporting us and being able to support a cause, is supporting our veterans in need locally."

Shirts were sold at the start of the ride and participating restaurants donated a percentage of food sold to organizers.

Money raised will go to military and veteran support organizations.