Tribute Ride ends in Coloma on July 27
The American Tribute Ride will take place on Saturday, July 27, and it will be a big day for Coloma and Waushara County.
The ride begins at the Lamartine Fire Department in Fond du Lac County, winds its way through the state stopping in Markesan, Neshkoro, New Chester, and ends in Coloma. The ride honors those who have answered the call and have died in 2019: fire fighters, police officers, and veterans. Four, three, and two wheels are invited.
The parade of bikers/vehicles roaring through downtown Coloma will be at approximately 5 p.m. and spectators are urged to arrive early to line the street in patriotic support. The American Tribute Riders will be traveling from west to east on Highway 21, turn south on CH (Front Street, past the National Exchange Bank), pass under the American Flag Tribute arch, and ending the ride at the Coloma Park.
The American Legion Hancock-Coloma Post 343 and other veterans will put on a military memorial tribute at the park. All area veterans, dressed in parade uniform, are welcome to attend and line the street with the Post 343 members.
The Riders will leave Lamartine, near Fond du lac, at 11 a.m., with rest stops at fire departments in Markesan, Neshkoro, Grand Marsh New Chester Fire Department; and the Coloma Lions Park, according to biker and Coloma fire department member, Erik Johnston, of Coloma, local contact person.
The 18th Annual Ride is a group of motorcyclists honoring all veterans, living, deceased, and those who have given their lives, the ultimate sacrifice. Also honored are police, all law enforcement officers and firefighters, said Johnston.
In Coloma, the parade of bikes and vehicles will see the arch and flag immediately in the distance, after turning off Highway 21 onto CH. The bikes will pass under the impressive arch created by two ladder fire trucks, owned by the Wautoma and Hancock Volunteer Fire Departments. The arch will be located near the former Ford Garage and vacant Lutheran Church, and will display a raised 20’ by 30’ American flag at the top of the extended ladders.
The public is invited to line the street to cheer on the Riders, and walk the grounds to see the large number of motorcycles and vehicles parked after the ride.
The following organ-izations will be recipients of funds raised and donated: Old Glory Honor Flight, Police Survivors of Wisconsin, Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial, Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety Burn Camp, and Veterans Assistance Program at King Veterans Home.
Spectators are urged to bring children, take photo-graphs and give youngsters the opportunity to take part in a special patriotic event. A meal will be served by members of the Coloma Fire and Rescue Team, fire department and Lions Club members. American flags will be for sale in area businesses, said Johnston.
Organizers of the benefit and any persons wishing to learn about or help with the event are invited to attend a meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 21 at the Coloma Fire Station.
Bikers and drivers of vehicles 2-, 3- or 4-wheels can join the parade, said Johnston. Registrations will be accepted up to, and including, the day of the event at www.americantributeride.com or contacting Ron Naab, Allenton, Chairman of the Ride, at 262-629-9749 or Erik Johnston at 715-347-0977.