Motorcycle parade for homeless veterans planned Aug. 3

PARKERSBURG, W.Va (WTAP) - A motorcycle parade of combat veterans is scheduled to take place on Aug. 3, and the group organizing the event is donating thousands of dollars to an organization is Parkersburg.

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is teaming up with We Have Your Six to raise awareness and help homeless veterans.

They are looking for community support and are inviting the public to ride with them on Aug. 3 from S&P Williamstown Harley Davidson to Parkersburg City Park.

Riders will meet at 11 a.m. the Harley Davidson store in Williamstown. Riders will leave Williamstown at noon and travel on Interstate 77 to Route 50 and then to Parkersburg City Park, where a ceremony a ceremony is planned at the park’s military memorials.

After the ceremony, riders will then head to Parkersburg American Legion Post 15, where they will present We Have Your Six with nearly $8,000.

The groups hope to turn this into an annual tradition, mirroring that of Operation God Bless America in Martinsburg, West Virginia.

“Veterans homelessness is really a nationwide problem and if we can find a way to combat it here in West Virginia, we can be the pilot program for the whole nation,” stresses Ronald Eagle of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association and an organizer of the ride.

“My grandfather was a navy war vet from the World War. My dad was a Vietnam vet in the army. My brother passed away when he was in the navy, so I very much want to help these guys and see them help the veterans get the assistance they need to overcome this homelessness and drug addictions and advance in their own lives,” adds Rob Pugh, a rider with the group.

The overall goal of the ride is to draw awareness to the homeless veterans issue and support We Have Your Six’s mission of building a homeless veteran transitional facility.