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Local motorcycle club bares cold weather to honor fallen soldiers

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BARTONVILLE, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

The Quiet Pride motorcycle club held its annual ride to honor fallen U.S. Army reservists and civilian contractors who died more than a decade ago when their convoy was attacked in Iraq. 

The ride started in the afternoon from the American Legion Post in Bartonville and ended at the 724th Transportation Co. memorial in Alpha Park.

"It's a small price to pay getting cold, getting snowy, getting a little water on the bike," said Ron Hawotte, quiet pride motorcycle club. "When you realize what those people went through and why you're out here honoring them."

Among those killed in the attack on April 9th, 2004 near the Baghdad International Airport was Spc. Gregory Goodrich, 37, of Bartonville. 

In past years, the group has had around 40 to 50 riders, but this year's cold weather limited the amount of riders. Only about two dozen riders bared the cold weather this year.

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