Heart of the Highway: Respect revs up Auburn-D.C. pilgrimage of veteransBy: Gus Thomson of the Auburn Journal
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James Garrett was 18 when he was killed in action in
Just about a year later, Dorsey Fowler would be killed during combat in
Both were from
The ride took off with a roar in the chill of a spring morning, with a fresh dusting of snow on the road ahead over Donner Summit and 90 motorcycles glowing and glinting by the dawn’s early light.
The journey to
On Wednesday, after crossing into
“We honor all veterans,” said Kelly Rafferty, of
The Auburn Jeep Club provided the fuel for the riders - a breakfast served with a helping of respect for the those about to make a journey on the long road ahead.
“I was in the military for 20 years,” said Jeep club member Bill Pierpont. “They’re going to be met and appreciated all the way to
And the Auburn link to the ride was honored as
Rick Dyer, the ride’s state coordinator, said that since the ride first started taking off from
“We want to let veterans in hospitals and care homes know that they aren’t forgotten,” Dyer said.