A huge undertaking is planned to help veterans in the region, and with the support of six downstream communities, participants have a lot to do to achieve their lofty goals.
The annual Roaring Thunder for Vets, a Wounded America charity motorcycle ride, returns this year from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 9 to raise $30,000 for local veterans.
The charity motorcycle ride is sponsored by Rotary clubs Romulus, Dearborn Heights, Grosse Ile, Southgate, Taylor and Trenton.
To encourage even more fundraising participation, Romulus is hosting food and games from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Romulus Historical Park, which will feature views of the Roaring Thunder motorcycle ride as it passes.
Starting at 10:30 a.m. sharp, the motorcycle ride will depart and end at the Motown Harley-Davidson dealership in Taylor, 14100 Telegraph Road.
The entry fee to participate is $25 per ride and $10 per passenger.
Veterans travel for free.
The funds will go to veterans who are helped by the non-profit organizations Downriver for Veterans and Foundation 14.
Local businesses can sponsor a motorcycle for $250.
A motorcyclist passionate about supporting community veterans, Mayor Robert McCraight will be among those taking part in the ride.
“Romulus has a rich military heritage, and our community is full of brave individuals who put the freedom of others and their country above all else,” McCraight said. “I’m proud to have played a part in bringing this fundraiser to our community, and I hope others will join me in supporting our veterans.”