Five Years of Dixie Thunder Run in Meridian

Over one thousand motorcyclists from around the country Saturday rolled into the Queen City for the fifth annual Dixie Thunder Run.

Many of the participants are veterans or are family of veterans. Money raised during this event will go straight to operation first response which helps support the soldiers loved ones who are left behind. The duties they hold back at home can be stressful and emotionally taxing.

"Most of the bikers are either veterans or active duty or have family members that are. Those that don't, do it out of love to help the soldiers and the Airmen Navy, Coast Guard all of them," said event organizer Larry Spencer.

Every year the event takes place at Chunky River Harley-Davidson.

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  • by Carla Location: Piave, MS on Sep 11, 2010 at 04:14 PM
    Wow! I had no idea of the level of HATE in Meridian Mississippi. I grew up in Mississippi and have lived in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii but Mississippi will always be home. This is the only time I have ever been ashamed to share with pride something about my home state and the people in it. I am simply stunned that this type of hatred is right here so close to my home. Evidently those of you who are hating so much didn't even read this entire article and that is a true shame.
  • by Brad Location: Tupelo on Sep 11, 2010 at 04:09 PM
    Had a fantastic ride! For those who have problems with vets, you're welcome to go to another more oppressive country where they don't have near the freedoms we have here. Yes, we are volunteers in our armed forces but if we didn't, who do you think would? Apparently not the complainers! Only eight tenths of 1% of the entire population of the U.S. form our armed forces, thats active and reserves combined so I believe there is a lot of thanks due to these folks who do what others can't or choose not to do. As a retired 20 year vet, I am proud to have served my country so others can continue to live their "American" lifestyle, even the societal leeches who live off the sacrifices of our wonderful Armed Forces who stand in the gap every day to preserve our freedom.
  • by James Location: Meridian on Sep 9, 2010 at 01:22 PM
    I think serving your country can be defined as working and paying taxes. Being in the military is nothing special.
  • by Peabody on Sep 9, 2010 at 03:38 AM
    If you don't respect a vet you don't deserve to live in this country. They did not ask for this tribute some people just know the right thing to do.
  • by Maurice on Sep 8, 2010 at 07:38 PM
    Meridian..Keep your stinkin welfare check. You obviously never served your country but, have only taken from it. We don't need your money, there are many true patriotic Americans willing to help those who fight for their freedoms. Bet you don't tip your waitress either, you slug.
  • by Meridian Location: Meridian on Sep 8, 2010 at 04:57 AM
    I agree, if you are serving in the armed forces today you are part of a professional army. These are not people serving against their will. Everyone says we are "free because of them"... Iraq never invaded the U.S.! They signed up for the army and they are being paid. No need for me to give them more money.
  • by RR Location: lauderdale county on Sep 7, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    DR.Obvious I don't think anyone was asking for your sympathy.The vets defended this country with honor.I think we all owe them some respect.They are paying the price for our freedom as this is being typed.Did you serve?
  • by WildBunch Location: Mississippi on Sep 7, 2010 at 09:17 AM
    Dr. Obvious, ironic name. It is because of our vets that you are FREE to post this AND do it in English. You are 'tired' of feeling sorry for them? You sir DO NOT GET IT. Respect.
  • by Dr. Obvious Location: Meridian on Sep 7, 2010 at 06:30 AM
    I pay taxes so that goes to veterans. Also, these veterans volunteered for the gulf war and Iraq war. It's not like they were forced into it. We haven't had a draft since the 70's! I am tired of everyone wanting us to feel sorry for veterans. They volunteered.
  • by Beverly Location: Meridian on Sep 6, 2010 at 02:46 AM
    I was stopped at the light by the mall on 19 south and the law had it blocked and here comes the cycles, it was great,I sat their and enjoyed it and felt great pride in what they were doing for. This was not just a ride for them it was special. THIS WAS A VERY GOOD THING.
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