DALTON — Growling, coughing and roaring, 147 motorcycles wheeled into the Legion Post 155 pavilion at the end of Deming Street on Sunday afternoon, kicking up a brown cloud of dust as they came.
It was the end of the 16th annual Freedom Ride, hosted by veterans of American Legion Post 155. The Freedom Ride is a 65-mile loop around the county that takes the group about an hour and a half to complete.
The ride is a fundraiser for local veterans, according to Michael Lefebvre, president of Post 155 and the Founding President of the Massachusetts American Legion Riders.
The organization does other fundraisers for other local organization, such as Boys’ and Girls’ State, but, said Lefebvre, “we raise money mostly for local veterans.”
The riders both pledge and gather donations, said Lefebvre. The money goes to veterans and veterans causes, he said, More specifically, the funds often help local veterans make ends meet: Perhaps money to help a veteran pay rent, or heating costs, or treatment bills.
The Post welcomes anyone to ride, said Lefebvre.