GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Greencastle residents tailgated and set up folding chairs on the sidewalk for the 19th annual Operation God Bless America motorcycle ride, which attracted 2,500 motorcyclists in support of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Don Gordon of Mercersburg, Pa., has ridden in the massive line of motorcycles every year since 1991. He said he rides in memory of his late uncle, who was unable to use veterans resources during an illness because his military records were lost.
"It's a gathering of like-minded people for a worthy cause. The more money raised and people that are aware of these issues, the better chance they have of getting the resources they need," said Gordon, who rode a Harley-Davidson Softail.
Approximately $62,000 was raised Sunday, according to steering committee member Mary Ann Davenport.
Participants, guided by police, traveled 45 miles from Greencastle to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. There, they joined veterans for lunch, something Wendy Onstead and friends called "emotional."