7:47am

Mon August 8, 2011
The Commonwealth

Motorcyclists Raise Money for KY Guard

For many Kentuckians, next Saturday will literally be a day to remember.  Hundreds of motorcyclists and others from around the state are expected to converge on Lawrenceburg to honor Kentucky National Guard members killed in the line of duty. Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund Board member Jason Lemay recalls a man who died in the great flood of 1937.

“His boat sank in February 1937. And I guarantee you, unless he’s still got some family around, nobody remembers him or remembers what he sacrificed for his fellow citizens, for Kentucky and for the nation. If the Kentucky guard doesn’t remember these folks nobody else will,” said LeMay.

Lemay expects as many as 750 motorcyclists and others to take part in the ride and remembrance at Lawrenceburg’s Healing Field. The goal is to raise 70-thousand dollars to go toward building a memorial in Frankfort, inscribed with the names of at least 126 Kentucky guard members killed in the line of duty since 1912.

“It’s actually pretty ambitious goal for one event, but we’re shootin’ for the stars here, it’s about ten percent of what we need to build this memorial, so that’ll be a significant step forward for us if we could reach that goal,” said Lemay.

Hundreds of motorcyclists and others from around the state are expected to take part in the Kentucky Guard Memorial Ride that culminates at Lawrenceburg’s Healing Field. A registration fee covers lunch, live entertainment, commemorative t-shirt and ride patch.