SARASOTA, FLA. - Hundreds of bikers flooded out of downtown Sunday morning during the Legacy of Valor motorcycle ride, led by Paul Teutel Sr. of Orange County Choppers fame, and was a way for the bikers to honor our veterans.
“It is about the veterans and honoring the people that lost their lives for us so, yeah it is special,” said Teutel.
The first and most important stop of the Legacy of Valor ride was at the Sarasota National Cemetery. Bikers were able to get a first hand look Patriot Plaza, an amphitheater being built at the cemetery by the Patterson Foundatoin.
“The Patterson Foundation is working with the National Cemetery Administration to build and donate a 28 hundred seat ceremonial amphitheater,” said Debra Jacobs, President and CEO of the Patterson Foundation.
The amphitheater will serve a place for ceremonies and events and is scheduled for completion in June.
“To have all of the biker community, natives and new comers and visitors going through Sarasota National Cemetery is truly just a special day,” said Jacobs.
It was a special day Paul Sr said he was honored to be a part of.
“Being a celebrity, if you want to call it that, puts you in positions like this where I think it is important to give back especially to our country,” said Teutel.
The riders had a chance to win cash prizes by participating in a poker run and stopping at different locations around town but Chuck Warren, a proud Marine father, said most riders are glad to part of a ride honoring our veterans.
“It is for a good cause. It is not a matter of winning it is the donations and the support.”
The director of Sarasota National Cemetery, John Rosentrater, told ABC 7, he is thankful for all the exposure the cemetery received from the ride.
“Hopefully folks who come here will then tell their friends about it and more and more people in the community will know five miles east of exit 205 is the Sarasota National Cemetery.”