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Ninth annual L.T.D. Motorcycle Memorial Tour next weekend

MORRIS – The ninth annual L.T.D. Ride will be held on Saturday, July 19. Riders from the Morris area are welcome to gather at the Morris Armory to ride to the Swift County Fairgrounds in Appleton as a group.

There will be a group picture at 7:20 a.m. and leave the armory promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Registration for the ride will take place at the Swift County Fairgrounds from 7:30 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 19. The ride will depart at 10 a.m. and head through the following cities: Milan, Watson, Montevideo, Clarkfield, Marshall, Ghent, Minneota, Taunton, Porter, Canby, Madison, Bellingham, Ortonville, Clinton, Graceville, Johnson, Chokio (3:20 p.m.), Alberta (3:25 p.m.), Morris (3:30 p.m.) and Holloway.

There will be stops at 11:30 a.m. at the armory in Marshall, 1:25 p.m. in Madison for lunch, and 3:35 p.m. at the armory in Morris. The ride is scheduled to return to Appleton by 4:45 p.m.

Beginning at 5 p.m., L.T.D. organizers have “DJ: Premier Sounds” playing. The public is welcome to attend the live band, “Maiden Dixie,” from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Cost will be $10 per person.

This event was started in honor of Sergeant Jesse Lhotka, First Lieutenant Jason Timmerman, and Staff Sergeant David Day who died Feb. 21, 2005, in Bahgdad, Iraq.

“As riders in the LTD Memorial Motorcycle Tour it is so inspiring to see people out along the route showing their support – whether it's at the end of their driveway or gathered on the sidewalks in communities,” said Cyrus resident Barb Hesse. “Some hold flags, signs or just wave and cheer. Many of the riders in the group are family members and military brothers and sisters of our fallen heroes. It means so much for them (and all of us) to see that citizens still remember and honor their sacrifice.We will not forget and we would love to see you show your support by stepping outside when you hear the rumble of the bikes as they near your location.”