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The mural of red, white and blue shows the patriotic spirit of Craig on the outer wall of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265. The local VFW, 419 E. Victory Way, will welcome the Veterans Charity Ride — a cross-country excursion to raise awareness about wounded American soldiers — Friday afternoon. The riders will also head through Routt County and spend the night at Hahn’s Peak before going into Wyoming and ending their journey at the 75th annual Sturgis Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota.

 Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265 invites the community to join them as they welcome a unique group coming through Craig this week.

Roaring into town at about 5 p.m. Friday will be the Veterans Charity Ride to Sturgis, a cross-country motorcycle journey for men and women who have served their nation in the Armed Forces, an effort which raises awareness about vets who have been injured in the line of duty.

Starting in Los Angeles earlier this week — complete with a send-off by comedian and bike enthusiast Jay Leno — the ride went through Las Vegas before driving through Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and other stops in Utah.

As the venture comes through Colorado, the bikers will take a break in Craig before pressing on to Hahn’s Peak for the night, moving along into Wyoming before arriving in Sturgis, South Dakota, for the 75th annual Sturgis Rally early next week.

People from Northwest Colorado are welcome to meet and mingle with the veteran riders during their stopover at the VFW, whether it’s to trade stories between those who have seen combat or for civilians to drop by and salute vets for their sacrifice.

Craig’s David Grabowski aided in bringing the route through town. Having served in the US Army from 1986 to 1992, he feels the endeavor will be one the local populace wants to join, even in some small way.

“Craig does a great job of supporting its veterans, and I suggest everybody get out and say hi, see some great motorcycles and meet some great veterans that served for us and show our support,” he said.

For more information on tracking the ride, who’s involved or how to donate, visit