SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was the perfect weather for a bike ride, especially one for a great cause. The Buffalo Soldiers aren’t your typical motorcyclists.
Paying homage to the men by the same name who fought in the Civil War, these bike riders are veterans and members of law enforcement.
“We see a lot of things going on that you know the kids need some direction, they need some support, so my organization as well as others that are here that support us that support the same ideals we have to promote safety, to promote positive living.”
Saturday’s annual bike ride through Chicopee and Springfield raised money for the Buffalo Soldiers to provide school supplies, sponsor safety days and deliver Christmas gifts to seniors in Greater Springfield.
There are 25 Buffalo Soldiers part of the Springfield chapter of the national organization, but it’s not just a local effort. There are members from chapters as far away as Virginia, West Point New York and New Jersey.
The Long Island chapter rode for hours Saturday morning to support their brothers in Springfield.
“It’s all about the love and helping each other…Show everybody that we support each other and we down for the same thing: riding our high horses which is our motorcycles that we love to do,” said Tracey Thompson of the Buffalo Soldiers Long Island chapter.
Other motorcycle clubs with similar causes also rode.
‘Mostly anybody who rides a bike is here to support kids or families and help out,” said Jeff Callahan of the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club based in Springfield.
“They’re very, very good to us every April when we do our bike blessing. They participate and help us out so we wanted to reciprocate our group,” said Kenneth O’Connor of Bethany Bikers from Bethany Assembly of God in Agawam.
They rode in solidarity, all with the same intention: to show the community their dedication to making it a safer place to live, work and ride.