Memorial Ride to honor Veterans that died, Tazewell County

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Fallen Warriors is a Motorcycle Organization made up of Veterans, supporting other men and women who have served.

The group is creating “Traveling Memorial Walls,” showing the names of Veterans that have served and passed on, in Southwest Virginia.

Alfred Wicks is the President of Fallen Warriors and served in Iraq. He wants to ensure that no Veteran is forgotten.

“If you don’t remember and don’t see their name, you’re going to forget about them,” said Wicks.

This weekend, the group is working to keep the memories of three Tazewell County Veterans who served in Iraq, alive.

Sergeant Guy Hagy Junior died on September 13th, 2004. Hagy was a graduate of Tazewell High School and was known for his love of outdoors.

“He was out on a bunker line system and got into a fire fight,” said Wicks.

Sergeant Brandon S. Asbury died on October 7th, 2006. Asbury also graduated from Tazewell High School and was an active member of the band.

“His dad was real proud of him,” said Roger Young, a Veteran that served in Iraq.

“We actually served with his dad from 2004-2005,” said Wicks. “Everybody liked the young man. Out on operations, he was killed.”

Sergeant David “Bo” Lambert died on October 25th, 2007. Lambert was a graduate of Richlands High School.

“He was a happy person all the time,” said BJ Compton, a Veteran that served in Iraq. “He was just nice.”

“This one touches my heart because we were close,” said Wicks. “They were out on a mine clearing mission when he was killed.”

Fallen Warriors will keep their memories alive during a Memorial Ride. The ride will begin at Richlands Police Department on Saturday, October 13th, at 9:00 a.m.

The route will take drivers 115 miles and will end at the Veterans Memorial Park in Abingdon, Virginia. All drivers are encouraged to attend.

“Cars, trucks, jeeps, tanks, if you have a helicopter that’s even better,” said Young.

“Come out, so they’ll never be forgotten,” said Compton.

Drivers can give donations towards Fallen Warriors, so the organization can continue serving Veterans and keep all whom served, memorialized, on the Traveling Wall.

“There’s over 3200 Veterans names on the wall for Southwest Virginia,” said Earnest Lowe, Veteran that served in Iraq. “They gave the ultimate sacrifice. This ride is not only for those three, it’s for all these people here.”

For more information about Fallen Warriors, you can visit the Facebook link, below.

https://www.facebook.com/FallenWarriorsInc/

 

 

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts

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