COOKEVILLE – Over 400 riders traveled down Jefferson Avenue on Monday, May 23 bringing awareness to those military personnel lost or killed in action as well as prisoners of war.
A heartfelt welcome was felt by both riders and welcomers alike as riders were cheered, embraced and thanked for their dedication to the cause.
The Putnam County Visitors Bureau, the tourism sector of the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, played a significant role in the logistical planning of the event.
“It was an honor for Cookeville to be chosen for the eighth year as the only overnight stop in Tennessee for these veterans. It gives us a real chance to show our gratitude to them, get to know them on a personal level, and be a small part of their journey,” said Shan Stout, Director of Tourism.
Supporters of the event included Sam’s Club, LifeChurch, Cookeville Chamber staff and ambassadors, ROTC Veterans Services, county and city emergency personnel, along with numerous community members.
Riders attended a private dinner at the Leslie Town Centre and were greeted virtually by Gov. Bill Lee, Tennessee Commissioner for Tourism Mark Ezell and Dailey & Vincent from backstage at the Grand Ole Opry. They were treated to a live performance by local talent Herschel Meadows.