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Honor Ride set for July 14

The 9th annual Honor Ride to benefit soldiers and families will take place July 14, starting at noon at the Wadena VFW and ending in time for dinner at the Menahga VFW.

The ride will take place rain or shine, and registration runs from 10 to 11:45 a.m. The cost is $15 per person. Food will be available before and after the ride.

Wadena VFW past commander Jim White said there will also be a program starting 11:20 a.m. with speakers.

Additionally, a rifle squad will be firing and playing taps for several area soldiers who have been killed.

Ken Phillips of Menahga, ride committee member in charge of the route, said they will be going east to the north end of Staples, riding through Oylen, stopping in Leader, going on to the Badoura Nursery, over to Hubbard and on to the Menahga VFW, where dinner will be served.

The very first honor ride started in 2004 when about 80 motorcycles escorted the Wadena unit to Camp Ripley.

The year after, the Wadena VFW got involved, and it has become an annual event for motorcyclists.

Lt. Col. Michael Pazdernik, who originally led the Wadena unit when he was ranked Captain in 2004, will be returning to the honor ride as this year's main speaker.

Proceeds for the Honor Ride benefit the soldiers and families of the Wadena National Guard.

Karla Richardson of Verndale, another ride committee member, said community support has been strong for Wadena soldiers.

For questions about the Honor Ride, email Richardson at