Riding to remember the fallen

By Perry Russom

July 28, 2013 Updated Jul 29, 2013 at 4:18 AM EDT

Hallstead, PA (WBNG Binghamton) On Bill Evans' motorcycle vest, two patches stand out from the others.

On the front, a picture of a fallen soldier, his son Billy. On the back, the names of six local soldiers who died while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

"For me, it means a lot, it's very emotional for me," said Evans.

Billy was killed in 2005 by an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

"He hadn't been in the military that long," said Evans. "They were deployed to Mississippi for six months of training before they went to Iraq. He wasn't in country long before this happened, but he was quite a guy."

Evans, alongside 100 other motorcyclists, rode 80 miles to honor the six in the Fallen Soldier Ride, which started in Hallstead, Pa. The ride has been going on for six years.

Money raised from the Fallen Solider Ride on Sunday is used for memorial funds and scholarships in the name of the six soldiers.

"To me, the ultimate sacrifice these guys made here that we're honoring today," said Michael Welsch of Hallstead, "There's no price to put on that."

Evans said normally, there are around 200 bikers for the Fallen Soldier Ride, but the rain soaked weather cut that number in half.

"I would say thank you to our active duty, the families of our fallen troops, to our veterans that have given so much for our country," said Terry Rockwell, of Stevens Point.

The 80-mile trip made three stops, including the final one at a memorial in Waymart, Pa.