Riders for the 2016 Coast x Coast Foundation (CxC) will take off from San Diego on a cross-country motorcyclist trip to raise money for veterans and pay tribute to fallen military service members.
For the third consecutive year, the CxC Ride for the Fallen will begin at the veteran-owned Harley-Davidson motorcycle store in San Diego, according to the CxC Foundation.
The event runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday.
Current and former U.S. Special Operations Soldiers organized the Ride for the Fallen, in honor of military service members killed in action, according to officials. The funds raised from this event will benefit veterans with a range of medical issues. That includes Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), depression and suicide.
Officials said the current fundraising goal for 2016 is to raise $45,000 for SOF Healthcare Initiatives, an organization that takes a holistic approach to finding the cause of illness through Functional Medicine.
This year's Ride for the Fallen will honor these service members killed in action:
- Sergeant 1st Class Ryan Savard, KIA 12 October 2012
- Master Sergeant Josh Wheeler, KIA 22 October 2015
- Sergeant 1st Class Matthew McClintock, KIA 5 January 2016
- Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel, KIA 11 March 2013
- Captain Matthew D. Roland, KIA 26 August 2015
- Staff Sergeant Forrest B. Sibley, KIA 26 August 2015
A ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on September 11, 2016 will finish the Ride for the Fallen, where Savard, the inspiration for the organization, was buried. He was shot and killed in Afghanistan in October 2012.
Between San Diego and Arlington, the riders will stop in Tucson, AZ; Colorado Springs, CO; Irving, TX; Dallas, TX; Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Fayetteville, NC; and Alexandria, VA.
Officials said riders will meet with Gold Star Family members and host fundraising events in each city as they continue on their route.