Get your motorcycles ready.

The annual Ride for Wreaths is slated for Saturday to help raise funds to place thousands of wreaths on headstones at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery during the holiday season.

Registration for the motorcycle ride starts at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 10 a.m. at Horny Toad Harley Davidson of Fort Hood in Harker Heights, 875 W. E. Central Texas Expressway.

The ride will go from Horny Toad Harley Davidson to the cemetery.

At 11 a.m., a small ceremony will take place at the cemetery “saying how appreciative we are of the veterans,” said Stan Balcer, one of the organizers of the event. The event is scheduled to take place, rain or shine, officials said.

The guest speaker is Jackie Fontaine, a retired sergeant major, Balcer said.

The event costs $25 per person, and the money goes to replace aging wreaths and buy new ones for the headstones at the cemetery, where about 7,000 veterans are buried.

Breakfast from Big Hoss BBQ and shirts will be given to all registered riders prior to the ride, Balcer said.

The event usually draws 150 to 200 riders, and people in cars are also welcomed to attend the ceremony.

The fundraiser helps fund Wreaths for Vets, the volunteer organization that prepares and places the wreaths every year.

Volunteers prepare the wreaths the Saturday before Thanksgiving and place them on the gravestones the Saturday after. The wreaths stay there until after the holidays. For more information, go to www.wreathsforvets.org.

jbrooks@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7468

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