Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

CVMA-Fallen Brothers Ride Written and Photos by: Andrea Forte

Written by  Andrea Forte December 3, 2020

On September 5th, 2020 the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association TN 18-1 out of Nashville held our 8th Annual Fallen Brothers Memorial Ride. It was a gorgeous day for the event. We fought through a tornado ripping through our starting point and Covid but we still had a great turnout of more than 160 bikes.

 

The ride started at Coaches Eastgate Grille in Lebanon then headed north on 109 to our first stop Crestview Cemetery. The cemetery reminds us of why we hold this ride. It allows us to pay our respects for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and our way of life.

We had the honor of being joined by a member of the Gold Star Mom’s. Gold Star Mothers are women who have lost sons or daughters in service of the United States Armed Forces. American Gold Star Mothers was founded in 1928 for mothers of those lost in WWI. We left the cemetery to travel on some of middle Tennessee’s great country backroads.

The locals are very supportive of our event with some folks sitting on their front steps waving as we went by. After a stop at the Tiki, we headed to Keller’s in Hartsville for our auction and live music with America’s Got Talent contestant Sal Gonzalez. Sal is a US Marine who served with the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. On October 31, 2004, Sal’s vehicle was hit by an IED, killing LT Matthew D. Lynch and seriously injuring Sal and one other Marine. After more than 30 surgeries, Sal’s left leg was amputated below the knee. He uses his music to promote veterans causes like #Stop22 and Wounded Warrior.

After all was said and done, we had a great time with some great people. Thanks to all who came and supported our event. All funds collected will go to help local veterans.

Lastly, I would like to dedicate this article to our Sergeant At Arms Jeffery “BBG” Wilson, October 2, 1958 - October 21, 2020. He was a loving family man, a Veteran Brother and a friend to all. He will be missed.2020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 22020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 32020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 42020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 52020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 62020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 72020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 82020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 92020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 102020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 112020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 122020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 132020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 142020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 152020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 162020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 172020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 182020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 192020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 202020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 212020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 222020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 232020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 242020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 252020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 262020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 272020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 27a2020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 282020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 292020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 302020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 312020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 322020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 332020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 342020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 352020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 362020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 372020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 382020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 392020 CVMA Fallen Brothers Ride Tenn. 40