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Patriot Ride 2017 honors vets/law enforcement

Lynx FBO hosts over 5,000 bikes at Anoka County Blaine Airport


August 1, 2017

Photo courtesy of Ray Pittman

Reenactors demonstrate how an insertion was done during the Vietnam war using the UH-"Huey" helicopter.

The 12th Annual Dennis Kirk Patriot Ride was held July 8 at the Anoka County Blaine Airport at the Lynx FBO. The Patriot Ride recognizes and remembers the 1,741 American personnel listed by the Defense Department’s POW/MIA Office as missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War, and pays tribute to veterans, law enforcement, and their families for their contribution to the safety and freedom of citizens of the United States. The day-long event includes a 50-mile ride, special recognition programs, unique aircraft displays and fly-bys, activities, raffles and drawings, food vendors, and music.  

Photo courtesy of Roger Hansen

Many of the attendees were veterans.

Reenactors demonstrated how an insertion was performed during the Vietnam war using the UH-1H “Huey” helicopter. Representing law enforcement, live tactical demonstrations were staged, including the ST. Paul Police Department Motorcycle Team Ride, and the K9 Unit.          

The Bell of Honor was tolled on the grounds as a sign of respect and honor for Fallen Heroes from Military, Veteran’s, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS personnel. Many of the attendees were veterans.

The Patriot Ride has grown in participation and attendance each year since its inception in 2005. Riders pay to participate. Proceeds of the event go directly to the Minnesota Patriot Guard, Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund, Tribute to the Troops – Minnesota Chapter, Tribute to the Troops – Minnesota Chapter four Minnesota based organizations support our Military, Law Enforcement and their families.  

For more information on the Patriot Ride, visit http://www.thepatriotride.org


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