13th Annual Cycle Ride Brings Christmas To VA Vets

5:04 PM, Dec 8, 2013   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The 13th annual Veterans Christmas Charity Ride is roaring through Columbia.

Sunday's parade is expected to draw about 3,500 riders. They start at Carolina Honda with opening ceremonies at 10:00 a.m. and the public is invited to attend.

At 2 pm, riders took tot he streets with police escorts to the Dorn VA Medical Center in southeastern Columbia, where volunteers are helping unload trailers with gifts for veterans at the Veterans Administration center and at two homeless shelters.

Carolina Honda owner Jim Wertman and Gene Royer of All American Heating and Air started the event. They say they want to provide a holiday for all veterans, but particularly those in need who don't have family members to visit them.

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