Alpena — The sound of motorcycles rumbling filled the air on Thursday afternoon as the Forgotten Eagles of Michigan rolled into the Alpena County Courthouse to help honor veterans. The ceremony kicked off around 2:00pm as former soldiers read poems, laid memorials, and took a moment of silence for all of those who are struggling or have fallen.
“Everything we do goes back to the veterans and same with the Forgotten Eagles, all their money raised in Michigan, stays in Michigan for veterans so we support the veterans that are supporting other veterans outside of the area,” said Alpena Honor Guard and former member of the Air Force Jim Potrykus.
The Forgotten Eagles of Michigan Inc. is a nonprofit organization that rides around Michigan to raise awareness for prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action. They also raise awareness for those veterans who need help. Several veteran organizations presented the eagles with checks to various charities that help out vets. Since the start of the nonprofit, the Forgotten Eagles have raised over $150,000 for the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund.
While the ceremony was short and heartfelt, the lack of support from the community was evident.
“Alpena is a very veteran friendly area so it’d be nice if we had more support,” said Potrykus.
Right around 30 people showed up, including the Forgotten Eagles. Despite the lack of people, the spirit and pride for American heroes could be felt by all who attended.
For more information on the Forgotten Eagles of Michigan, visit http://www.forgotteneagles.org/