Ride for America

Ride for American rode through Madison in 2019, this year they will ride through Bostwick and on to Rutledge on Monday, May 31.

Memorial Day is this Monday, but don’t head to Madison for the annual Ride for America Memorial Day event. This year, the City of Bostwick is taking the reigns, hosting a special Memorial Day ceremony while dedicating a new veterans park.

The Morgan County Memorial Day celebration will center around the new Bostwick Veterans Memorial at the Bostwick City Park. The Ride for America motorcyclists will drive by on their way to Rutledge.

The City of Bostwick will hold a dedication ceremony at its downtown park to commemorate the service men and women from Bostwick who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

The new Bostwick Veterans Memorial at Bostwick City Park will include a flag-pole and tombstones with information about all the American armed forces.

“This is to remember those who have given their lives for our country and we are dedicating a memorial erected in the cemetery in downtown Bostwick,” said Jim NeSmith, commander of the American Legion in Madison, Morgan County, and Greene County.

The memorial service will be held on Memorial Day, May 31 at 11 a.m.

“It will coincide with the Ride for America motorcyclists who will pass by on their way to Rutledge,” said NeSmith.

About 1,000 riders donning patriotic garb are expected to roll through Bostwick and Rutledge on Memorial Day before heading back to Social Circle and then Loganville.

NeSmith is encouraging the community to gather in Bostwick for the special memorial event.

“We want to see everyone come out for the memorial dedication for our veterans,” said NeSmith.

According to Keith Howard, chairman of the Bostwick Memorial Committee, the city was asked more than a month ago by NeSmith to host the celebration after the city of Madison declined this year because of COVID-19 concerns. After The Ride for America circles Bostwick’s city park, a Memorial Day service will begin to dedicate the new memorial site.

As previously reported in the Morgan County Citizen, “Howard said in 2016, the city of Bostwick received a grant to revitalize its city park.

“Part of that process, he said, was the construction of a 20-foot by 40-foot pavilion at the downtown park with a 30-foot flagpole. At the base of the flagpole are six stones commemorating each U.S. military branch. There is a seventh stone commemorating prisoners of war...There are also currently 70 commemorative bricks that individuals have purchased to remember the service of loved ones. Howard said each brick costs $50 and the city places the bricks every three to four months depending on orders.”

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