ARLINGTON, TN (WMC) - 70,000 veterans in West Tennessee, and not a single veterans home. This weekend, Gold Star Mothers, who've lost love ones to war, helped change that with a little help from some bikers.The gold star moms rode from Bumpus Harley Davidson in Memphis to the future sight of the West Tennessee Veterans home, alongside the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
The moms presented a check for $6,000 to help build the Home. The Gold Star moms partner with Bumpus Harley every year for a fundraiser called "Tour of Duty" which has raised more than $70,000 for veterans and their families.
"It's absolute family because Combat Vets, we look up and respect the Gold Star Moms, because we know someone in their family has paid the ultimate price for our freedom. The Combat Veterans, we're part of their family. We're part of what they are," said David Spencer with the Combat Vets.
The Gold Star Mothers raised the money in a annual fundraiser that is sponsored by Bumpus.
"The tour of Duty, they do it at all of the Bumpus dealerships in the state of Tennessee. Throughout all of this they've raised about 72,000 dollars for veterans," said Spencer.
As the moms presented the check, Spencer tearfully thanked them, "We express our appreciation for the hard work that you've put in, most importantly for your sacrifice. Know that we are grateful for everything that you've done for us, especially for those who've served and fallen for our country, we're so grateful."
Millions of dollars are still needed to help build the home. If you'd like to help, find out more at this link.
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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.