RENO, NV - This weekend, Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest is bringing its motorcycle ride and gold star event to Reno. They will honor ten fallen soldiers from Nevada and California with two rides and a special ceremony. The ride started in Oregon three years ago.
“When our volunteer group got together we decided Nevada needed something like this, we figured there was a need,” Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest Executive Director Warren Williamson said. “We wanted to do something for the families here so we decided to hold the ride and it’s been a year in the making. We just wanted to do something special.”
They’re expecting about 300 bikes for Saturday’s trip down to South Lake Tahoe. Families of the fallen soldiers will ride along on a special bus.
“Our mission is that we care, we want these Gold Star families to know that their fallen heroes will never be forgotten,” Williamson said.
Riders are coming from all over the Pacific Northwest to support the cause.
“When I was in the Marine Corps I served in Beirut and lost a lot of friends over there,” Cpl. Ben Nelson said. “I just felt it was really important that those people aren’t forgotten.”
Saturday night the Gold Star families will receive a plaque of distinguished service in memory of their fallen heroes.
“Let’s not forget that when these children pass away overseas defending our country that there are families and children left behind and we as a country should not forget about that,” Nelson said.
He says support for their event has grown over the years.
“It’s overwhelming, it really touches your heart,” Nelson said.
The group is already planning next years event and says it should only get bigger in coming years.
“This community is really military-oriented and they’ve welcomed us with open arms,” Williamson said. “I just really want to thank the local community.”
Everyone is welcome to ride to Lake Tahoe on Saturday and Virginia on Sunday. Registration is at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s south parking lot from 8-10 the morning of the ride.
“We have a saying whether it’s 5 bikes, 50 bikes or 500 bikes our mission will always be the same,” Williamson said. “That we came and we will support you. Ride with us and help us do something good for these families.”