Memorial ride for fallen soldiers

Eustis to Reddick on Sunday

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 2:40 p.m.

A memorial motorcycle ride will be held Sunday in honor of two Florida National Guard members who were killed in the early months of the Iraq War.


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To learn more, check the “Black Sheep Memorial Ride” Facebook page.

The Black Sheep Memorial Ride — the ride is named in honor of the dead soldier's platoon — starts at 10 a.m. at the Paul V. Hudson Armory, 605 S. Bay St., Eustis, and goes to the VFW Post in Reddick, 19241 N. U.S. 441.

A $15 donation per rider ($20 per couple) is requested but not mandatory.

The ride honors Gainesville residents Cpl. John "Travis" Rivero, who was killed in April 2003, and SPC. Jeffrey Wershow, who died three months later.

Rivero and Wershow were the first Florida National Guard soldiers to be killed in combat since World War II.

The men were "two real good friends of mine," said Mike Partain, a fellow National Guard member who is organizing the ride along with another member, Bobby Garrison.

Partain works for the Department of Homeland Security in Miami these days. The 10th anniversary of the war he served in snuck up a bit, he said, adding that it's important to him and Garrison to remember their fallen comrades and to tell those men's stories.

For information, check the "Black Sheep Memorial Ride" Facebook page.

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