Western Illinois has felt the impact of the War on Terrorism: 13 soldiers from three counties have died in action. They’ll be remembered in a special event on Saturday. It’s called the BU1 Jerry Tharp Fallen Heroes Ride, a motorcycle ride organized by Gayle Tharp, the widow of Jerry Tharp, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006.
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“We all leave as a group and we come back as a group. We’ll be going through Mercer, Knox, Warren counties, and then back to Mercer,” she said. Registration is from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday at Aledo Central Park with the ride starting at 10 a.m. A donation of $15 per driver and $5 per passenger is requested. All proceeds go to local wounded warrior and veterans causes.