Freedom Cruise aims to help local vets

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PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A new event expected to help local veterans and draw thousands from across the country kicks off Wednesday.

The Freedom Cruise focuses on motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts. Organizers say this is a first for West Michigan, the power sports industry, and the automotive industry as a whole.

The event starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark with a custom car and bike show, music, food, and beer.

The DeltaPlex will also be hosting events on June 27 and 28. On Friday, the Freedom Cruise Car & Bike Expo will happen from 2-10 p.m. with more than 250 booths and celebrity guests, including Rick and Kelly Dale from the History Channel’s “American Restoration,” and the Motorcycle Club from “We’re The Fugawi’s.” The expo continues the following day with a Freedom Rocks Grand Rapids concert.

A new non-profit called Finish The Mission Veteran Relief Fund will also be featured at the event. The organization aims to help those who have served in the military after their service is completed. They hope to raise $100,000.

“There’s a lot of times veterans have needs, and 60 to 90 days waiting for the check to come in the mail can totally turn their world upside down,” said Brad Schroeder, Operations Director for Village Motorsports, which is sponsoring the event.

“We’re celebrating not only our veterans, but we’re also celebrating the fact that we’re West Michigan and we’re a little bit different from the rest of the state,” said Kent County Commissioner Tom Antor.

There will also be “honor rides” for veterans every day throughout the area.

The Freedom Cruise runs June 25-29.

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Online: Freedom Cruise 2014 schedule

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