Remember Rally Stops in Biloxi
Two men, two motorcycles, 19 states, 6,000 miles and one good cause. It’s called the Remember Rally and today’s stop in Biloxi to honor our first responders is sure to be a day no one will forget. News 25’s Kristen Durand shows what the ride is all about.
Woody West rides hard and has plenty of reason to. A Vietnam veteran himself, West is revving up support across the country for fellow veterans, law enforcement and first responders, as part of his latest tour, the Remember Rally, an organization started by his friend Diane Sherwood shortly after 9/11 to honor our public servants. “Ninety percent of the time, which this is sad to me, is they were surprised that someone actually cared about their talents and what they do, that they put their lives in danger,” said West.
Last Friday, Woody and his buddy Terry Werderitz left their homes in White Water, Wisconsin to embark on a 6,000 mile journey through 19 states, going the extra mile for first responders all around the country. Today’s stop was in Biloxi. “I thought yeah, you know what, this is something I can do to give back because I’m a, like I said, I’m a Vietnam veteran. I thought what happened in ’01 was horrible. I thought this is something I can give back because they were put in a war zone,” said West.
The Remember Rally is a non-profit organization started shortly after 9/11. They make the ride every few years to show first responders and military veterans that their sacrifices and efforts don’t go forgotten. Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney said, “We’re on the lines every day. We don’t really notice it a whole lot, but we go out and do our job. For the people to be able to understand what we do and for people like this that brings this cause to light is a great, great thing.” Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said, “These guys pay for this themselves. They’re part of a foundation, but they don’t take the money from the foundation. They pay for all of this out of their pocket and that means a lot to me.”
Anyone can go along on this Remember Rally ride, just him them up on Facebook. “And then spread the word. Tell everybody. I want everybody in the United States to know,” said West.