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Faith Ryder flies flags honoring local vets

Faith Ryders Eddie Wright flying flags-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

When Eddie Wright of Faith Ryders Motorcycle Ministry headed to the nation’s capitol in May as part of Rolling Thunder he had one main mission in mind – showing respect for five Pulaski County veterans who bravely served our nation.

For the past nine years, Wright has flown a POW-MIA flag in the Rolling Thunder Parade in honor of a local veteran. This past event, the 26th year of Rolling Thunder, Wright expanded his efforts and flew a total of five flags (four POW-MIA and one American) to show his respect for veterans David Ayers of Pulaski, Gary Cox of Pulaski, John Anderson of Dublin, Johnny P. Cox of Dublin and Ronnie Wright of Dublin.

Ayers, Gary Cox and John Anderson are all Vietnam veterans, while Johnny Cox is a veteran of the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, and Ronnie Wright served in the Air Force during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Since returning from Washington, D.C., Wright and other Faith Ryders members delivered the flags to the veterans in recognition of their service to the country. Each veteran also was presented with a 2013 Rolling Thunder patch and pin and a plaque indicating a flag was flown in his honor and thanking him for his service.

“Just look around and through your neighborhood and you will be surprise on how many war heroes you will find right next to you. Heroes that spent months and years in combat; living in the extreme heat and cold, rain and snow, in dirt, sand and mud. Conditions far beyond our normal understanding,” said Wright.

“Without our veterans, life as we know it would not exist. We would not have the freedom each and every one of us enjoy every day,” he added. “This is why I fly these flags. This is why I show these men honor and respect. This is why I thank them for their service to this country. Because I truly enjoy this freedom we have here in the USA.”

In addition to being an elder in Faith Ryders, Wright also is a ride captain for District 2 Patriot Guard Riders.

The mission of Faith Ryders is simple: “Standing for God and Country.” Wright urges anyone who “wants to put real purpose into their riding” to join the group. Their website is  HYPERLINK “http://www.FaithRyders.com” \t “_blank” www.FaithRyders.com and they can be found on Facebook under the name Faith Ryders M/M.

According to Wright, about 450,000 bikes participate in this year’s Rolling Thunder Parade through Washington, D.C.

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