Motorcycle club plans remembrance ride

GERMARI HERSELMAN
Last updated 09:31 24/06/2014
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ON A MISSION: Patriot Defence Force Motorcycle Club members, from left, Doug Agnew, Anthony Barnes and Glenn Toohey will join in the first Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride in New Zealand since 2009.

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The Patriot Defence Force motorcycle club is to join international clubs in remembrance of fallen servicemen.

The Nelson Marlborough West Coast chapter of the Patriots are planning the first Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride in New Zealand since 2009.

Club secretary Anthony Barnes said the club was organising the event in Nelson on Saturday and anyone was welcome to join them.

The ride would depart from the Nelson RSA at 11am for the Motueka RSA, then depart at 1.30pm for the return journey to Nelson.

After the ride a service would be held at Anzac Park, in Nelson, to remember all fallen soldiers with a wreath-laying ceremony.

"Anyone is welcome to attend the service, join the ride or just come to have a look at the motorbikes," he said.

"The day is about spending time together and remembering fellow servicemen that are no longer with us."

The $10 entry fee would be donated to the NZ Fallen Heroes Trust, a charity for the survivors and families of those killed or injured in the service of our country.

"We have already received a very generous donation to the cause from NZ Classic Motorcycles in Nelson and hope to raise even more," Barnes said.

Another remembrance ride is being organised in Tauranga and the club hoped that they might inspire other clubs to organise similar events to raise funds for the trust.

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- The Marlborough Express

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