For Immediate Release: October 16, 2015​​
Contact: Darlene Schlicher (615) 741-6336

NASHVILLE — The West Tennessee Veterans Home proposed for construction in Shelby County will get a lift from patriotic bikers tomorrow, October 16, from hundreds who will rally to raise awareness and funds on a 30-mile ride from Collierville to Millington.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will lead the pack on his Shadow as the rally departs for the Naval Air Station at Millington from Carriage Crossing in Collierville at 10:30AM tomorrow.

“We will show Washington how much we care for the 70,000 Veterans living in Shelby, Tipton and Fayette Counties who’ve earned our devotion to this cause,” said Norris. “We must show Nashville, too,” said Norris who oversaw funding by the General Assembly to acquire the land where the planned 148 bed facility will be built.

The State of Tennessee will fund about $10 million of the cost of construction once $15.2 million of private and local funds can be raised. Shelby County government has allocated $2 million. The Plough Foundation has pledged another $2 million, and some $2 million in additional private pledges and donations have been raised.

The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 18-6, a not-for-profit Veterans Association, will host the ride from Collierville to Millington tomorrow. As many as 500 motorcycles plan to participate.

Registration opens at Carriage Crossing in Collierville at 7AM. The ride will depart at 10:30AM.

“I appreciate the Combat Veterans and their service then and now,” said Norris.

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