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Motorcyclists band together for 'Nooga Strong Memorial Ride

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Hundreds of motorcyclists rode from the Thunder creek Harley Davidson to the National Cemetery in an honorary ride for the Fallen 5. Creator of the ride, Dan Parks, says that the idea came to him when his daughter was memorizing the pledge of allegiance just days after the terrorist attack on July 16th, 2015.

"We knew we had to do something and I am not the kind of guy to run a 5k but I can ride a motorcycle. I know a lot of guys who can ride motorcycles, who are patriots, who would do this."

Last year the ride had 1200 participants and this year, Dan expects that number is even higher.

"We don't have the final tally in yet, but from the looks of it there are more people than last year."

Each rider must pay a 20 dollar registration fee an all the proceeds go to Wreaths Across America.

The ride ended at the National Cemetery with a ceremony honoring the Fallen 5. The ceremony including the presentation of colors, a flyover and a table ceremony by the Rolling Thunder. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Mayor Andy Burke took to the podium to commend the community for the way they responded to the tragedy.

NewsChannel 9's Josh Roe served as emcee for the event.

Referencing the response he received from congress in light of the terrorist attack Congressman Fleischmann said that "that night in the House Chamber, it was evident that America was Chattanooga Strong.

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