Sponsored by McPeters and Memorial Funeral Homes, Legacy Hospice and B.A.G.G.E.R.S (Biker Awareness Group Giving Every Road Safety), the inaugural event, held on Saturday, Oct. 22, will honor past and present members of the military who are suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain injury (TBI). It will also pay tribute to those who’ve lost the battle against the two maladies and other related causes.
Held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the two-hour, 100-mile ride will begin at Legacy Hospice of Corinth and end at McPeters Funeral Home. Mississippi Highway Patrol officers will lead the way
Registration will take place at 10 a.m. at Legacy Hospice. However, organizers will be set up as early as 9 a.m. Kick stands will go up at 11 a.m.
The cost to participate is $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Mission22 programs such Awareness, the War At Home Memorial and Veteran Treatment Programs.
“We have many members of our military who are suffering from these post-combat issues and sadly, some are coming home and taking their own lives,” said organizer Lisa Lambert. “In fact we have several in Corinth who are suffering from PTSD and TBI. It not only affects the individual but also takes a toll on their family.”
Current statistics have revealed that more soldiers are lost at home than all current combat missions abroad. This year alone, more than 7,000 veterans will lose the battle against PTSD,TBI and associated issues. Mission22 hopes to bring awareness to the statistic and to stop it from growing.
As a result of the project, the number 22 is going to take on a new meaning. It has become a call for change, a symbol for support and an invitation to help others in need.
“This is our first time hosting a Mission22 ride, but we hope to make it an annual event,” said Lambert. “We have organized events in the past, but never anything quite like this. It looks like we are going to have a pretty good turnout.”
In addition to the fundraising ride, coordinators and volunteers are also selling vest patches for $7 and helmet stickers for $2.
After the ride, participants will enjoy chili and a 50/50 raffle. The cost of the chili is included in ticket prices. A prayer will also be uttered as well as observance of the National Anthem.
Senior Airman Craig Talley will be honored during the event with a wood carving in his image. Following the event, the carving will be available for public viewing during a month-long display at the Crossroads Museum.
“We hope people will see it and want to learn more about Craig Talley,” said Rebeka Foster of Legacy Hospice. "Hopefully, the ride will encourage others to get involved. Our goal is to have 100 riders, one for each mile, but you don’t have to own a motorcycle to participate, all are welcome.”
(For more information about Mission22 and their programs, visit www.mission22.com.)