State & National Parks
ANNUAL FAMILY REUNIONS
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Trikers have been involved in public service helping veterans & kids for many years
MISOURI VETERAN'S HOME IN MOUNT VERNON
PATRIOT GUARDS RIDE IN BRANSON
We attended annual national rallies in Branson for many years. One of the highlights of the trip was always a visit to the Missouri Veteran's Home. Every vet was given as many rides as they wanted on as many trikes as they wished. It often required two or three people to get them on and off the trike, but everyone worked together well to accomplish the task at hand and a good time was had by all. Several mentioned that it was the only time they left the home every year. Each one thanked us for the rides and we all thanked them for their service.
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A majority of trikers have children and grandchildren. Many triker groups do humanitarian work in their community or become involved in good causes for kids at the local, state or national level. Working closely with the local authorities and non-profit motorcycle organizations to protect children, they empower abused children to testify against their abusers in court and it is not uncommon to witness a perpetrator receive a life sentence without parole. Most of them got off scott free for many years because their victims were too frightened to testify. Working hand in hand with Children's Protective Service, trikers also help create a wonderful celebration for new families at National Adoption Day each year in counties all over the country. A lot of them are also participating in benefit rides and fundraisers for individuals and non-profit organizations regarding prevention and rehabilitation involving drug use.
Many trikers are veterans and are more than happy to contribute a lot of their time and money in charities involving our veterans, such as Wounded Warriers. A significant number of them are also involved in the Patriot Riders, which escorts the remains of soldiers who have died in the performance of their duties or while on active duty. They usually go to the airport and wait for the plane to land, then escort the vehicle carrying the casket to a designated place, such as a funeral home. If requested, they escort the families, as well, to and from the funeral or provide escort services for other activities.