Defenders of Freedom RideThe Defenders of Freedom ride is a recognition and tribute to honor all the men and women who serve or have served in any of the five branches of the U.S. Military, especially to those who have been wounded or have lost their lives in service to our country, and recognizes those currently serving at the military installations in the Pikes Peak Region (Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schreiver Air Force Base, U.S. Air Force Academy and NORAD/NorthCom).
Since the first ride in 2008, Colorado Springs Realtor Brian L. A. Wess has organized this NO PROFIT, ALL VOLUNTEER EVENT that has raised and donated tens of thousands of dollars through a low speed, law enforcement escorted, side by side procession of motorcycles throughout El Paso County (Colorado) for the benefit of charities that directly benefit our fallen, severely wounded and at risk military veterans and their families.
NOTE: NEW RIDE ROUTE FOR 2019
Due to the rapid growth of the City of Fountain and the road construction involved,
we are working with Fountain PD to make adjustments to the ride route that will allow
allow for the greatest safety and enjoyment of the ride while maintaining our mission.
* Additional Donations Encouraged & Appreciated *
* 2019 Ride Pins Given to All Registered Riders *
* Must register and sign-in to receive Ride Pin *
* Limited quantities of previous year pins are available *
(click on any of the pins to view a larger image)
Proceeds From The RideThe proceeds from this year's ride will benefit the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition. The EPCHVC is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1998 with a focus on assisting Homeless Veterans and their families in Colorado Springs & El Paso County improve their situations by providing access to both long and short term solution based resources through their annual "Stand Down" events, Transitional Housing Program and New Veteran Homeless Prevention Program.
For more information, visit the More Info page or contact:
Brian L.A. Wess - Coordinator/Founder