On Saturday morning under crystal blue skies, Trevor Keller checked his motorcycle, getting ready for another ride on Central Texas roads. But Saturday’s ride was different.
Hosted by the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club Chapter 110, “The Ride for the Fallen” helped raise money for families of the victims of the April 2 shooting at Fort Hood. Thirty-five riders revved up their motorcycles at the Fort Hood Harley-Davidson in Harker Heights just before noon to take the 50-mile ride.
“The club members met to discuss what the Green Knights could do to help, because we take care of our own,” said Keller, president of the Green Knights.
The club has 25 members, including active-duty, reserve and retired military members.
“We are doing what we do best, ride to raise awareness and money,” he said.
Throughout the morning, cyclists of all ages and experience levels arrived to pay the registration fee of $25 per rider or $40 for two riders and receive a T-shirt.
The motorcyclists were lined up in rows ready to start the two-hour ride that passed the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery and Stillhouse Hollow Lake.
Mark Branch is a founding member of the club and serves as its chaplain.
“This ride is our way to let the families know they’re not alone, and their fallen will not be forgotten,” he said.
“We have to support who we are as military families and as a community,” said Alex Keller, wife of the club’s president.
Lowell Doublin, general manager of Fort Hood Harley-Davidson, said the business supports the Green Knights and all motorcycle groups.
“The motorcycle community is very charitable and all the clubs are involved in raising money to help vets, families and kids,” Doublin said.
At the end of the day, more than $1,600 was raised.
All proceeds will go to the National Compassion Fund to support families of the victims.
Although the families were invited to attend the ride, none were able to attend.