WATCH NOW: Tribute to the Troops ride ensures Gold Star families aren’t forgotten | Local News
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“When you talk to a Gold Star family, they have a few fears, and almost all of them are the same,” said Mike Sheets, one of the runners on Saturday. “One of their biggest is that over time everyone has forgotten their son or daughter, that he has already lived and that he gave his life for the service.
“We remember the sacrifice of the family, they no longer have anyone with them at the Christmas table, they no longer have anyone with them during the holidays. They made their sacrifice as well as the sacrifice of a member of their family for our freedoms.
The linens say they can rekindle their memories, both for their service and for the life they’ve lived at home.
“It helps in the healing process, memories are all they have,” Sheets said. “They want to remember. When approaching a Gold Star family, do it reverently, but do so by letting them know you are thinking (of their loved one), and their face will light up.
The walk and the tribute to the troops are organized by Rockie Lynne, a veteran himself who made a career in music. Saturday marked the 10th annual Tribute to The Troops Ride as the group planned to visit a total of five Gold Star families in the area this weekend. The rides are split between Saturday and Sunday, both starting at Tilley Harley-Davidson in Statesville.