Dozens of bikers gathered outside of Britt’s Motorsports to tour Wilmington on Saturday.
It looked like your typical motorcycle rally, but this one had special meaning. It was held in honor of a father and son killed while riding.
Friends and family of Brad Martin say he was unforgettable.
“Everybody loved him. He’d do anything he could for you,” said Dwight Egly.
Brad was a National Guardsman who served in Iraq. He was a proud patriot with a passion for motorcycles, a passion that claimed the life of him and his nine-year-old son Coby last March.
Before Brad’s untimely death, he approached the non-profit Step Up for Soldiers. He wanted to get involved and help them raise money for injured veterans.
“Brad and I met after he returned from Iraq in early 2005. He wanted to help raise money for the Fallen Soldiers Memorial on the National Guard property,” said Tom Russell, Step Up for Soldiers founder.
The memorial was built after Brad’s death, but his family held the bike rally today to honor him, his passion for motorcycles, and his desire to help his fellow servicemen.
”The bike ride is for Step Up for Soldiers. We’re raising money for soldiers that came home injured. It’s something my husband planned on doing before he was killed in his accident,” said Brad’s widow Tina Martin.
The rally and the fallen soldiers memorial were both dreams for Brad, dreams he was never able to see for himself.
Step Up for Soldiers donated the money generated from Saturday’s event to the Army’s Family Readiness Program, a group that helps support families of deployed soldiers.