Throngs of enthusiastic motorcycle fans and veterans supporters lined the streets of Woodland Park, Colorado to provide a rousing sendoff to hundreds of bikers on their journey to the Salute to Veterans bike rally in Cripple Creek, Colorado on August 16, 2014.
The 27th annual POW/MIA recognition ride began in bright mountain sunshine at Woodland Park High School at 10:15 a.m. with Colorado's largest procession of motorcycles turning west on Highway 24 for a mass ride through Woodland Park's main drag. Riders waved and flashed peace signs to fans lining the streets of the Woodland Park business district before hitting the throttle on Highway 24 just west of town past Pikes Peak and up Ute Pass to the Colorado Continental Divide where they turned south to Cripple Creek.
A huge motorcycle rally in Cripple Creek awaited the riders as they made their way over the high mountain passes on highway 67 in the shadow of 14,000 foot Pikes Peak. According to the Salute to Veterans website, two Veterans Rally remembrance ceremonies awaited fans in Cripple Creek, including the 27th annual POW/MIA remembrance ceremony at noon in Cripple Creek's City Park. A second remembrance ceremony was held at 1:00 p.m. At the Cripple Creek War Memorial to honor ten local soldiers who lost their lives in the last 12 months by adding their names to the memorial.
The Salute to Veterans Rally in Cripple Creek is hosting a number of events to benefit veterans including the 22nd annual Veterans Parade, a silent auction, street dancing, veterans rally, official merchandise sales and a beer garden.