Riders prep for Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride
EUGENE, Ore. -- This Saturday morning, motorcycles will be lining up at Valley River Center for a ride that will take them across the country.
Plaques will be presented along the way paying respect to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice as riders issue a heartfelt tribute.
And one local company helping make it possible.
It’s called the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride.
A 17-day, 3000-mile tour, leaving Eugene and concluding at Arlington National Cemetery.
Along the way, several stops will be made to honor fallen soldiers and their families.
A brightly decorated coach will lead the way, and to keep the vehicle road ready, several volunteers are stepping up to offer their services.
"There's a certain amount of pride in doing the right thing,” said Robert Arndell with Quality Coach Services, “and this is the right thing. We track you all across the United States. Though I can't be there, it's my way of helping."
Arndell is a Marine Corps veteran and owner of Quality Coach. His team has been busy repairing the plumbing, electrical system, and remodeling the coach, getting it ready for its next excursion.
After his time in the military, he continues to show support through service work.
"The time I spent in the military opened my eyes to the point of how blessed we are as a country, and how special our military people are."
While not everyone on Robert's team has a military background, he felt a pride of unity he was able to instill from the Corps.
And while he isn't able to join the ride, he offered these words: "My message for the fallen comrades that have sacrificed what they've done for us, is something we can never repay. No matter how much we want to, how much we try. It's something everyone needs to be aware of; freedom that they've given us. Because their sacrifice can never be repaid."
It’s a message the procession will carry with them while paying respect to these fallen heroes.
Prior to the opening ceremony on Saturday, they will held a military appreciation kickoff dinner Thursday night at Texas Roadhouse Restaurant in Eugene.
The riders leave Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
They will also escort a torch flame across the country.
They'll arrive in Washington, DC on August 2.