Corporal Christopher Bordoni would’ve turned 23 on Saturday.
In his memory, the Patriot Guard Riders of New York led close to 200 riders on a tour in Bordoni’s honor, while also raising money for fallen soldiers and their families.
The ride took off from the Newfield Fire Hall at noon Saturday, with motorcycles lining the parking lot. Riders circled Cayuga Lake and ended their trip back in Ithaca.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders talked about the importance of the event.
“All of the proceeds from this run go to our Help on the Homefront program, which directly benefits veterans, active service members and their families,” said Mark Plyter, Senior Ride Captain.
And while the cause was important, Plyter said they were there to support the Bordoni family as well.
“They’re very supportive,” Plyter said. “Some of the members of the family ride on the ride with us. This is quite a show of support for them, their family, and actually, all the fallen heroes.”
The first annual ride drew less than 100 riders, who had to deal with storms moving through the area. Tim Bordoni, Cpl. Bordoni’s dad, says he was happy the weather cooperated this year, and talked about the support from the community.
“If we can get more people in the ride and raise more money for the Patriot Guard, they do an amazing job for everyone, for the veterans, so it’s good,” Bordoni said.
He also said supporting the ride was a way to pay back those who supported them through the loss of their son.
Christopher Bordoni died in April of 2012, three months after sustaining injuries in Afghanistan during his second tour of duty.
The ride raised $7,508.