Patriot Ride makes stop in Cambridge June 16

Patriot Day events held at Cambridge Armed Forces Reserve and Community Center

Join more than 5,000 motorcycle riders and citizens on Saturday, June 16, for the 7th Annual Patriot Ride.

Over 2,500 motorcycles participated in the 2011 Patriot Ride. This year, even more are expected. Photo submitted

This year, the public is also invited to take part in Patriot Day in Cambridge at the Armed Forces Reserve and Community Center (AFRCC).

The Patriot Ride is sponsored by Dennis Kirk and presented by the Minnesota Patriot Guard. Funds raised will benefit the Minnesota Patriot Guard and Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund (MMAF).

“We do whatever we can to support military families,” said Jeff Good, 2012 Patriot Ride Captain. “It’s really about honor, integrity and respect. We want the men and women who serve to know they are not forgotten and never will be forgotten.”

The 2012 Annual Patriot Guard Bike Rally will feature nearly 5,000 motorcycles from the Minnesota Patriot Guard parade through the city of Cambridge and at their midway stop at AFRCC.

The procession of bikes will start from Lions Park in Ham Lake, traveling north into Cambridge on Co. Rd. 70 (Spirit River Drive) around 12:45 p.m., stopping at AFRCC before continuing at 2:45 p.m. through Main Street South and heading south on Hwy. 65.

The first annual Patriot Day Celebration is to recognize all military service members. Events include a 5K Run and Kids Race starting at 8 a.m. To register, visit www.active.com.

The Rum River Bike Classic will also begin at 8 a.m. Visit www.outdooredgemn.com for more information.

Starting at 10 a.m., there will be a host of activities for kids and their families to enjoy, including a climbing wall, obstacle course, military weapons and vehicle displays, including a vintage State Patrol 1930 Harley Davidson. Music, entertainment and concessions will be available throughout the event. Parking and shuttle services will be available at Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

“The Patriot Guard really does a lot for the soldiers and their families,” Staff Sergeant Steve Wegleitner said. “It’s a time for us to be able to help them out and have a halfway point for them to be able to see some of the equipment we use. We’ve got almost 160 soldiers who are part of the unit so it gives them an opportunity to shake their hand and thank them, while we give back to them as well.”

Wegleitner wants the community to know they’re invited out on June 16 to watch the procession of riders and come to events at the Cambridge AFRCC.

A Rock n Roll Wrestling Performance will take place in Cambridge, and guests can hang out with Brian Zepp from KQRS and renowned bike builder Donnie Smith.

“Just seeing the patriotism throughout the community  is what I like,” Good said. “Thousands of people lining the ride route flying their American flags. We have military families that participate in the ride as well as events at the park. It’s just a good day for vets, families and the community, to let everybody know we honor our service men and women and we’ll never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

For more information, visit www.thepatriotride.org.

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