Governor's Wounded Warrior ride passes through Hattiesburg

Governor's Wounded Warrior ride passes through Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - More than 600 motorcyclists, including Gov. Phil Bryant, rode through Hattiesburg Saturday morning on their way to Gulfport on the Governor's annual ride to support Wounded Warriors of Mississippi.

It began in Jackson and ended at Jones Park.

The ride stopped at Stuckey's in the Hub City, where Gov. Bryant posed for photos and shook hands with fellow bikers.

"Everyone wants to help, sometimes they just don't know how, so this ride gives them an opportunity to express that," said Bryant. "They've turned out, hundreds of them today. I met a guy from Illinois, one from Georgia, so they're coming from all over the Southeast. It gets bigger every year."

"It's absolutely heart-touching to have that kind of support from someone and know that it really means something to them and (Gov. Bryant is) not doing it just because," said Cheryl Bruce, founder and director of Wounded Warriors of Mississippi. "It means a lot me, because it helps provide our warriors with Christmas for their families and kids and other things like that."   

Gov. Bryant said the event should raise about $26,000 for the organization.