Bikers Remember Friend Lost in Accident

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

A freedom ride...honoring law enforcement, benefiting Katrina victims, remembering a lost friend. "When we left here, we rode by where our friend passed away and we each rode in single file and we slowly dropped a Carnation at the site where he lost his life," says Owner Bob Ladd. Bill Wakefield passed away after a motorcycle accident in Waynesboro August 29th. His pallbearers led the Freedom Ride. Behind them, a truck carrying a trailer with his motorcycle and Harley Owners Group vest. His wife rode along. The Freedom Relief Ride started at Shenandoah Harley Davidson in Staunton. Riders paid $25 per person to ride. All the proceeds will go to a victim of Katrina who lost everything. "I have never known a group in my life to turn out more quickly to help people. I've been involved in every kind of civic organization, churches and they're all wonderful but there's something about this group of bikers that's pretty well documented. When you get into their makeup, their personality, they do care an awful lot and when you give them a good cause to ride, they're ready," says Ladd. Ladd says it couldn't have been a more beautiful day to honor their fallen friend and to benefit others. "There's nothing to be gained other than a good feeling and helping someone else, usually from these types of things, and in the long run that's all that really matters." The event raised over five thousand dollars for Katrina Relief Efforts.


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