Annual Governor's Ride raises funds for wounded warriors

Annual Governor's Ride raises funds for wounded warriors

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Nearly 600 motorcyclists, including Gov. Phil Bryant and dozens of law enforcement officers, stopped over in Hattiesburg Saturday on their way to the Gulf Coast as part of the 2nd Annual Governor's Ride.

The journey, which began in Jackson Saturday morning, raised funds for the Wounded Warriors of Mississippi.

Several wounded veterans and their families also made the trip.

"They have mortgages, they have car payments, so we help with that," said Bryant. "They have medical bills, and so we're struggling to make sure that we don't forget our wounded warriors that have given so much for us," he said.

"It's very emotional, a lot of support," said John Patterson, a wounded veteran who made the trip. "This is honestly the most motorcycles I've ever seen in my entire life," he said.

"For guys like us, a lot of times when you come home, it seems like nobody cares," said Dustin Ryan, another wounded veteran who went on the bike ride. "But these guys care and they show it every chance they get," he said.

The ride ended in Gulfport, where participants took part in a rally at Jones Park.

Those organizers hope the event will bring in more than $20,000 to help wounded warriors.