PEPPERELL -- The Middlesex Global War on Terror Monument Committee is hosting a motorcycle ride on Sept. 7.
All proceeds from the "Freedom Ride" will go toward the monument committee's goal of raising $100,000 to build a memorial at Pepperell Common honoring veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from the Nashoba Valley, according to committee chairman Robert Connolly.
The motorcycle ride will begin at the Pepperell VFW at 10 a.m. and go for three hours along picturesque back roads. At 1 p.m., riders will return to the VFW for a chicken barbecue and music.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Fees: $25 per motorcycle, $15 for passengers and $15 for walk-ins who come by just for the music and barbecue.
If it rains on Saturday, the committee is planning to delay the event until Sunday, Sept. 8.
Committee members will also be selling T-shirts at the barbecue at $20 for most sizes, and $22 for XXL. The T-shirts are produced entirely in the United States, a condition that Connolly said was very important to the committee.
The shirts were produced by Leominster-based company Bayside and designed by Lee Rich of Dario Designs. They feature outlines of Iraq and Afghanistan on the back and the committee's mantra, "All gave some, some gave all."
The committee is hoping to construct the monument by Veterans Day 2015. Connolly said they plan to fund the construction as well as set up a small maintenance fund, entirely through donations.
To donate or purchase T-shirts outside of the motorcycle ride, contact Middlesex GWOT through its Facebook page.
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