House of Harley-Davidson ride benefits veterans

CREATED Aug 27, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 28, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Harleys and veterans have always gone together.  It was a great tribute to kick start the anniversary celebration by honoring those who have served our country.

"It brings tears to my eyes and my heart, to know that there are a lot of people out there who support us,” said Sgt. First Class Marla Pemberton from the 329th Reserve Unit.

Hundreds of veterans, dignitaries and law enforcement honored those who serve our country with a ride from the House of Harley to the Wood National Cemetary, all to benefit the Fisher House.

“The best way to explain this is like the Ronald McDonald House for military families.  We have the spinal cord center that’s one of the best in the world, and that’s at the Milwaukee V.A.” said Governor Scott Walker.

Retired Major General John Borling was a prisoner of war alongside Senator John McCain.  He tapped on the walls of his cell to keep himself going.

“No one is truly whole unless committed outside of self.  That’s the story of the United States military,” Borling said.

“As the sky cleared as we went over the Hoan bridge, there was the war memorial, there is symbolism there,” said retired Captain John Buttery.

The ride ended at the final resting place of so many soldiers who came before these riders.

“It’s a symbolism of the service and the sacrifice, powerful event to come through here,” Buttery said.

The money raised from the ride will go towards building the Fisher House.