Bikers ride in tribute to Soldiers Home veterans

Bikers rode on behalf of the Soldiers Home residents through the Victory for Veterans program

FILE- Holyoke Soldiers' Home Motorcycle Run

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Thousands of motorcycle riders roared across the western Massachusetts landscape Saturday. It was all in support of the men and women who live at the Holyoke Soldiers Home.

The bikers embarked on more than 50 miles, traveling through many western Massachusetts towns on behalf of the Soldiers Home residents through the Victory for Veterans program.

The bikers had gathered at the Soldiers Home where they began their 4th annual motorcycle run. Bikers told 22News how deeply they’re committed to help the aging veterans at the Soldiers Home.

A biker nicknamed “Spikey” said, “I love these guys; they went to war. I really do, they did their thing and I’m proud of them.”

Rick Brohman of Palmer said, “We’re here to support the veterans, we’ve got a lot of World War Two veterans, Korea, we’re here at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. We’re a veterans’ motorcycle club, our main purpose is to support veterans.”

Money donated to their cause helps pay for Solders Home recreation for the vets as well as the honor flights to Washington taken by World War Two veterans at the Soldiers Home. The bikers concluded their more than 50 mile journey with a celebration at the Moose Family Center in Chicopee.

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