Combat veterans plan 10th annual motorcycle ride

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MOORESVILLE — An estimated 1,000 motorcycles are expected for the 10th annual CVMA Ride next Saturday.

The ride, sponsored by Combat Vets Association Chapter 15-5, will begin at the Crossroads Harley-Davidson store in Wilkesboro and end lakeside at Queen’s Landing Marina in Mooresville.

Signup, with a $25 fee for one or a two up for $30, starts at 10 a.m. in Wilkesboro with kickstands up at 1 p.m. Riders should arrive at Queens Landing Amphitheater at 2 p.m. The police-escorted ride is 55 miles long.

Riders will be entertained in Wilkesboro just before the ride with music the C.J. Ballard Band.

Music at Queens Landing will start at 2 p.m. with Red Dirt Revival. Nonriders can attend for a $10 donation to CVMA at the amphitheater. Raffle tickets will be sold for a Marlin Lever Action 30/30, and a silent auction will be held.

This year’s ride is in memory of combat veteran rider Robert “Sniper” Gallman.

All money raised will go to assist veterans in need. Assistance in the past has gone to the Fisher House of North Carolina, Purple Heart Homes, Veterans Restoration Quarters, Project Healing Waters, Project Patriot Hunt, Welcome Home Vets and other veterans in need.

Donations are welcome. Businesses or employers who would like to help sponsor the ride should contact CVMA at

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