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Motorcyclists ride for veterans

Veterans Recognition Ride

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - Motorcyclists toured El Paso County to honor all the men and women who serve or have served in the military, especially those who have been wounded or have lost their lives in service to our country.

Riders raised money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. It's the longest law enforcement escorted motorcycle procession in Colorado. It was the seventh annual Veterans Recognition Ride.

"The ride was absolutely beautiful," said rider Jon Polk.

About 300 riders traveled more than 40 miles, many of them veterans themselves, all to help families like Laura Carter's. Carter's husband Dave Carter was a Colorado Army National Guard pilot. He was killed in action in 2011.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation has helped her and her children financially and emotionally.

"Tears me up as I think about it because it does fill our hearts that people still think about us and also those who are currently serving and have served," said Carter.

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation also helps families of wounded and active duty members. Riders got on their bikes on Sunday to add to the pot.

"When the community can pull together to help one another, you never know what they really need until you actually put your hand out and start to give and it's really nice," said Polk.

"It's huge. It's once a year. It happens once a year. All the VFW Warriors from both District 2 and Pueblo and housed in Colorado Springs, we do this every year," said Jeffrey 'Slick' D. Newsome.

For both veterans and supporters, they say there's something about riding together to help each other.

"It's nice to be on the road, the freedom," said Polk.

"We all ride motorcycles, very many of us and it's that brotherhood of riding that brings us all together," said ride organizer Brian Wes. "In this way, we can come out and show our support for our fallen brothers and sisters, for those who have given so much for our country."

Wes said on Sunday he estimated riders raised at least $6,000.

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