Springfield (KMTR) – A moving tribute is planned for this weekend in support of local families who have lost a soldier in a war. For the second year, a “Tribute to Fallen Soldiers” motorcycle ride will be held in Oregon.
Hundreds of motorcycle riders, along with law enforcement and military vehicles, will visit eight families.
Oregon is one of three states where such rides take place. It was started nine years ago in Minnesota by country singer Rockie Lynne, an Army veteran who served with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Lynne says feels it’s important to take the time to thank these families for their sacrifice: “What we're trying to say, in a clear and undeniable voice, is that we're a very grateful nation saying thank you for what you've done and letting you know your sacrifice not only didn't go unnoticed, that your son or your daughter will not be forgotten.”
Rockie's Tribute to the Troops organization has raised more than $250,000 to help provide college scholarships to the children of service members who have died.
Saturday's ride begins at at Roseburg National Cemetery. From there, riders will visit families in Roseburg, Yoncalla, Cottage Grove and Coburg. On Sunday, the ride picks up again and visits will be made to families in Albany, Sweet Home and Keizer.
Rockie Lynne will also perform a special concert Saturday night in Brownsville at Randy’s Coffee on Main Street beginning about .