By DAVE McMILLION
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - In what has become one of the largest fund-raising events for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, hundreds of motorcyclists will once again hit the road today in honor of veterans at the local hospital.
For seven years, motorcyclists have ridden from Greencastle, Pa., to the veterans hospital to raise money for patients.
Usually the funds, raised from the $5 registration fee each biker pays, is used to purchase items - such as hearing aids or exercise equipment - that the hospital does not provide for patients, said Mary Anne Davenport. She is one of the organizers of Operation God Bless America VII.
The ride is a social event as much as it is a fund-raiser.
After the motorcylists arrive, they have a cook-out with the veterans at a pavilion near the front entrance of the hospital. Some of the motorcyclists also go inside the hospital to visit patients who cannot come outside.