Bikers show appreciation for veteran services

About 70 motorcycles ridden by members of Cowboy H.O.G. Chapter 4974 roared into Bridge City Saturday morning.

The group of Harley riders was on a run celebrating their 20th anniversary. The Harley Owners Group was in town to honor Richard “Rickey” and Ramona “Mona” Henson.

The chapter presented the Hensons with a framed certificate of appreciation. The couple have been strong supporters of the chapter and formerly owned Blackwolf Motorcycle Parts and Accessories.

Flags of our Fathers Park in Bridge City was the presentation site. Mona Henson spearheaded development of the park and has remained one of the main overseers.

Sponsored by the Cowboy Harley-Davidson dealership in Beaumont, the group organized in 1988 with 35 members. Today membership has grown to more than 1,800. Saturday, the chapter organized a law enforcement-escorted Vintage Ride, stopping at various businesses that have supported the chapter over the years.

“That’s what we do, we ride and have fun,” said chapter director Sandra Womack.

As the group rode out of town with chrome shining and flags flying, the escorting motorcycle officers stopped traffic and started the group on the way to the next stop. Later they would end their day at the Cowboy Harley showroom.