The Honor Flight Network is a national not-for-profit organization with the sole purpose of fulfilling the dreams of America's veterans by providing them with free travel visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C. While the trip to see their memorial is free for the veterans, it comes with a steep price for those who organize it.

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Twin Tiers Honor Flight is the local hub of the Honor Flight Network and putting together just one honor flight for Twin Tiers area veterans can cost upwards of $80,000. What's more, is that these trips (which are taken at least twice a year) are funded completely through tax-deductible donations from our community.

Because there are so many veterans in the Twin Tiers on the waiting list to take an Honor Flight, the Twin Tiers Honor Flight is desperately trying to raise funds so more trips can be taken, ensuring that all of the veterans on the waiting list have the chance to see their war memorials before it's too late.

If you ride or know someone who does, the 5th Annual Ride for the Memories is a perfect way to get out and take a scenic ride will supporting local veterans as a portion of the ride proceeds will benefit the Twin Tiers Honor Flight.

Ride for the Memories will take place on Saturday, July 18 (date subject to change due to COVID-19) at the Finger Lakes Harley Davidson in Alpine Junction. The escorted ride will tour lake country, winding from the Finger Lakes Harley-Davidson through Watkins Glen, and up the east side of Seneca Lake. There will be a short break at the top of Cayuga Lake and then the ride will continue down the west side of Cayuga Lake, through Ithaca, and will end back at finger Lakes Harley-Davidson.

Traci Taylor

Registration for the Ride for the Memories will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 18. An opening ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. and kickstands up will be at 11:00 a.m.  Lunch will be provided. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, entertainment, and more.

The cost to participate in Ride for the Memories is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. Ride for the Memories is dedicated to the memory of Army SPC Ryan P. Jayne. Jayne was only 22-years-old and one of three upstate New York U.S. Army Reservists killed on November 3, 2012, when a roadside bomb struck their vehicle in Paktia Province, Afghanistan. Jayne was a 2008 graduate of Corning-Painted Post East High School.

Traci Taylor

If you'd like more information on Ride for the Memories, or if you'd like to donate something to the 50/50 raffle, please reach out to Ride Captain, Kent Tryon at kltryon59@gmail.com. If you're unable to attend the ride but would like to make a donation to the Twin Tiers Honor Flight, you can make a donation here.