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Minnesota National Guard
Tribute to the Troops raises thousands for Gold Star Families

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn ­– For the ninth straight year Tribute to the Troops brought motorcyclists from across the Midwest to Camp Ripley Sep 9, 2012 for the annual Gold Star Families event

The thunder of the over 150 motorcycles could be heard through much of the Camp Ripley cantonment area as the bikes cruised through the gates and rounded the corner heading to the Camp Ripley Training and Community Center

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Soldiers of the 34th Military Police Company met the group and shook hands with the riders as they filed into the drill floor to have lunch and recognize the family of Spc George Cauley

Spc Cauley of Walker, Minn, died October 10, 2009 at Bagram, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained from an Improvised Explosive Device attack on October 7, 2009 

Following lunch the group was treated to the musical entertainment of Rockie Lynne  Lynne is the co-founder of the Tribute to the Troops motorcycle ride  He is also a nationally known country music recording artist 

He began his performance with giving a plaque recognizing Spc Cauley’s outstanding service to his parents Lynne who served in the US Army with the 82nd Airborne, Fort Bragg, NC ties many of his songs to his experience in the military

“It’s an honor to be here today at Camp Ripley amongst the Soldiers of the Minnesota National Guard,” said Lynne  “We do this ride every year to honor the families of the fallen heroes and show our endless gratitude for their sacrifices”

Since 2004 the Tribute to the Troops organization has raised thousands of dollars through similar events The money that is raised goes to help the families of Service members killed in combat

By 1st Lt Blake E St Sauver 
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer
Sep 9, 2012

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