The 13th annual Honor the Fallen Ride & Fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 11. The route stretches for 88 miles through scenic areas of Rusk County, Bloomer and Holcombe.

Base for the event is the Veterans Memorial Association Drop Zone Bar & Grill, 605 W. Summit Ave., just east of Wis. 27 in Ladysmith.

The event is sponsored by Amvets Vacho-Lybert Post 127 in Ladysmith. The mission is to raise funds to support the post and pay tribute to fellow veterans and local community. All proceeds are used to support veterans programs, memorials and the community.

“It’s a huge event,” Amvets Post Commander John Vacho said. “It is open to the public, all day. Come out and enjoy the day.”

The event includes a pancake breakfast of sausage, eggs, pancakes, rolls, milk, orange juice and more served by Women With Courage from 8-11 a.m. Register for the ride during the breakfast for donations of $15 per person or $25 per couple.

The 95-mile ride rolls out at 11 a.m. and is scheduled through 4:30 p.m. with two planned stops. From the Drop Zone, the ride goes south to U.S. 8 and west to Wis. 40 in Bruce. From there bikers will head south to Wis. 64, stopping at the Back 40 Bar & Grill near Bloomer. From there, the ride heads east on Wis. 64, north on County E and east on County M. to the second stop at Ted’s Timber Lodge & Resort near Holcombe. From there, the ride returns to the Drop Zone.

There is a picnic meal and raffles planned after the ride from 4 to 6:30 p.m. The meal will include brats, burgers, beans, sauerkraut, cookies and other desserts.

A pre-ride gathering party is scheduled for Friday night with entertainment by the father and son musical act, Sean and Ian Okamoto.

A motorcycle is not needed to participate. Come for the meal and the many raffles. A free bus for non-riders will follow the bikes. Meet old friends. Make some new ones.

“If you don’t ride come for the breakfast, dinner, raffles and auction,” Vacho said.

Ninety-nine percent of the net proceeds remain in Rusk County, according to Vacho.

For more information, contact John Vacho at 715-415-4580 or Also, find the ride on Facebook.

A similar ride is planned for Sept. 28.