Forgotten Eagles Ride On For Veterans

From Houghton Lake to Mount Pleasant, motorcycle riders are riding for a purpose on Saturday.

Forgotten Eagles is a nonprofit organization that raises money for veteran’s hospitals and veterans trust funds while bringing awareness to prisoners of war and those missing in action.

52 motorcycles making a 48-mile ride, all in hopes of raising money for veterans. This is their 16th annual ride.

“It’s really rewarding. Each year we do this ride and raise money for our VA hospitals and we give some money to the veteran’s trust fund from the RAM ride that we do. That’s three days before the freedom ride and each of our chapters are out riding their local counties collecting funds and we take that money and divide it equally between the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and then we pick a charity each year,” said Forgotten Eagles vice president, Jim Johnston.

This year’s fundraiser went towards an organization that trains service dogs for veterans.

Year after year, it’s just as emotional for the Forgotten Eagles President, Duke Mayo.

“We’ve had bigger groups, we’ve had smaller groups, but when I leave loyal riders I just get so emotional thinking about what we’re doing. They’re closing the whole free way down for us and we’re honoring our veterans those past and present,” said Mayo.

Even drawing in new members like Sandy Nixon and her husband.

“I seen it on Facebook last night and I said that’s something we should do because my husband is a veteran so we came down this morning and we’re going to be a part of the forgotten eagles,” said Nixon.

Their final destination was the Vietnam Memorial at Island Park in Mount Pleasant, where they held a ceremony to honor those who have served.

“I’m a veteran, my dad was a veteran, it’s what we do. We take care of our own,” said Mayo.

In the last six years Forgotten Eagles and their riders have raised over $600,000. They are looking for new members to join their chapters.