Ride to Remember

Motorcycles line up for the 2016 Ride to Remember.

The 17th annual Ride to Remember Motorcycle Rally to benefit The Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville is registering riders for the Aug. 18-19 event. This year’s rally will honor “Those Who Serve in the U.S. Coast Guard – Past, Present and Future.”

The Ride to Remember opening ceremony is Friday, Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at The Highground.

On Saturday, Aug. 19, the rally will take place at the Neillsville American Legion, located at 6 Boon Blvd, Neillsville, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Breakfast will be available for purchase at the Legion from 8:30-11 a.m. Rider registrations begin at 10 a.m., and guided rides depart from the Legion at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p,m.

There will be ongoing games, raffles, 50/50 drawings and silent auctions. The 107.5 Bud Bike 24 will be on display, and people can enter for their chance to win this bike.

At 3 p.m., all bikes will leave the Legion together to proceed through Neillsville and head out to The Highground. The riders will have a group photo, picnic lunch and ceremony at The Highground.

The Ride to Remember ceremony at the Highground on Saturday will include speakers Anita Jevne and her brother Matt Maske. Their father, Ervin Maske, was one of four Coast Guardsmen who made the small boat rescue in the winter of 1952 memorialized in the motion picture The Finest Hours. A special Coast Guard display, which includes photos of the men, is at The Highground Learning Center.

The Ride to Remember is one of the largest annual fundraisers for The Highground, and bikers can still register for the event. For more information, call The Highground at 715-743-4224, email highgrnd@tds.net or visit thehighground.us or https://www.facebook.com/TheHighgroundVeteransMemorial.

The rally will dedicate upcoming years to the different branches of the armed services.

The Highground is located at W7031 Ridge Rd., Neillsville.

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