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Ride for Jeff started at All American Harley Davidson in Hughesville MD
Hughesville, MD - With perfect weather to ride in, a horde of motorcyclist set out on a journey that covered all Southern Maryland jurisdictions Sunday, Aug. 26. The Second Annual Ride for Jeff gives bikers a chance to what they love while fulfilling a mission to take care of America’s protectors. The ride, which began around 9:30 a.m. at All-American Harley Davidson in Hughesville, ended around noon when the riders arrived at The Tavern in St. Leonard. The mass arrival created a very minor traffic jam on Calvert Beach Road. During the trek the bikers stopped briefly at Maryland Veterans Cemetery off Route 301 in Cheltenham. There the riders placed small American flags on the graves.

The ride raised funds for the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home and was held in memory of U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey Robert Lehnen Jr., a Persian Gulf veteran who died two years ago at age 33. The event was organized by his brother, Ray Hayes and his father, Jeff Lehnen Sr.  In addition to raising money for the veterans’ home, the event’s other major purpose is to raise awareness about the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Before the ride participants mounted their bikes, they gathered under the dealership’s large American flag. “Everyone have a safe ride,” Hayes told the participants.

Bayside Auto Group President Geoff Wanamaker reminded the riders that PTSD impacts individuals, families, friends and communities. Wanamaker added that combat veterans are not the only ones who experience PTSD. Law enforcement officers and firefighters are among the others vulnerable to the disorder. After vocalist Audra Keeler sang The Star-Spangled Banner, the bikers were ready to get rolling for their morning in the sun. Keeler’s band Taboo entertained the cyclists at The Tavern.
Prior to the ride, local musician (and retired writer for TheBayNet.com) Joe Norris sang and played a variety of familiar tunes while Tom Baldwin turned some of his scaly critters loose to the crowd’s enjoyment.

To learn more about Charlotte Hall Veterans Home’s volunteer opportunities, click here

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com

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