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Hundreds of motorcycles will be rolling through the Elkhart community soon to honor the families of wounded and fallen troops. The Freedom Ride and Bike Night Rally will happen Saturday, August 11. Members of local law enforcement bike groups will ride through Elkhart, Bristol, Middlebury, Goshen, Nappanee, and Wakarusa escorting local families of soldiers killed in action.
Organizers say they aim to draw people out to line the roads in support of the families.
“What makes us do it is our patriotism,” said Jim Ballard, Corporal of the Elkhart City Police Department. “We believe in this community, we believe in what the soldiers did for this community”
“I have a lot of friends and buddies who have injures from previous wars and this one, who have served 20 years and to have my family involved in 3 different wars, it’s really kind of a key point to me,” said Jim Vance of the Elkhart Fire Department.