HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A brotherhood and sisterhood of bikers came to the Holyoke Soldiers’ home on Saturday.
All morning bikers from all over Massachusetts and Connecticut, hundreds of them arrived at the Holyoke Soldiers’ home. This was their fifth annual fund raising ride for the residents. They traveled through Western Massachusetts raising money for projects that benefit the veterans, some whose service dates back to world war two.
Jocko Sherin told 22News, “This wonderful hospital here they have all the veterans who fought for our freedom. We try to help them out and the community does a great job helping them out.”
“I’m a veteran myself and it’s nice to be helping out, when we can help out we do a lot of riding together to help out the community,” said Brian Tidlund.
While the majority of bikers made the trip from Massachusetts and Connecticut communities, some traveled a much further distance to participate.
Jaickie Paradis told 22News, “Well this is actually my first motorcycle ride. My dad is president of the kings club. He asked me to come all the way from Florida to be here.”
The success of this ride for the soldier’s home veterans will be reflected in future programs all to benefit the men and women cared for at the Holyoke Soldiers’ home.