WOODLAWN — The 8th Annual Kyle Price Memorial Ride will take place this Saturday.
This year, the ride is also being dedicated to the founder of the ride, Ron Riley, who passed away in October 2012.
"Ron was Kyle's Boy Scout Troop leader for years and years," said Cheryl Price, mother of Kyle Price. "He was a guy you always trusted your kids with and we always looked at Ron as one of the people who helped raise our boys to become the men that they are."
The ride started the year after the death of Marine Lane Cpl. J. Kyle Price, who died at the age of 19 while serving in Iraq. Price died in January 2006, when he was fired on near Ramadi.
"Ron was the one who started the ride the first year after Kyle passed way," Price recalled. "We did a blessing of the bikes, the first year, with about 75 people getting together and riding to Bald Knob Cross for the event. It was so nice, and Ron said we should keep doing this. And, with help, we did. Without Ron, there would not be a memorial ride."
Registration for the ride will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapman Sports Complex in Woodlawn, with the opening ceremony starting at 11:45. The group will leave Woodlawn and travel to Fairview Park in Centralia and gather at the veterans memorial there. They will depart Centralia at 2:30 and go to the veterans memorial in Salem, then leave Salem about 3:30 p.m. for arrival at Dale's Harley Davidson in Mt. Vernon by about 4:15 p.m. A dinner with raffles, and entertainment by South of 70 will take place at that time.
Proceeds from the ride go to provide five $500 scholarships to Woodlawn High School, Boy Scout Troop 102 and various local and national veterans organizations, according to John Hunsell.
"I know that Ron would not want what happened to Kyle be overshadowed, but without him, there wouldn't be a ride," Price said. "It feels like we lost a part of our family. We've known him so long — 20 years — but for the last seven years he's been part of our family."