STOCKTON SPRINGS — A benefit motorcycle ride slated to take place Saturday, July 20 will honor Master Sgt. Ryan C. Love of Frankfort, an active-duty Marine who died in July 2012. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and the Semper Fi Fund.
A Searsport District High School graduate, Love joined the Marines in 1997, served in Kosovo and the Mediterranean, and served two tours in Iraq. He is survived by his wife, Leslie Love; their daughter, Liberty Ryan Love; and his parents, Matt Love of Frankfort and Valerie Colpitts of Levant.
“Ryan’s Ride” will start “with kick stands up” at 10 a.m. at Steamboat Sunoco on Route 1 in Searsport, said Love’s mother-in-law, Raye Marie Rolston. Participants will ride up the east side of the Penobscot River to Brewster’s Fine Food & Drink at 359 Wilson St., Brewer, and then ride down the west side of the river to Rolston’s home at 64 Station St., Stockton Springs.
The event will conclude with a cookout featuring “tons of clams,” 200 pounds of donated lobsters, salads and desserts, Rolston said. Music will be provided by DJ Todd Biehn. Participants can use Rolston’s “large backyard pool” to cool off and relax.
The purpose of “Ryan’s Ride” is “to keep Ryan’s memory alive forever and to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Semper Fi Fund,” she said. “‘Semper Fi’ is the slogan that the Marines live by, meaning ‘forever faithful,’ and the money we raise for them goes to the Marines as opposed to all [service] branches.”
Leading the ride will be Ryan’s motorcycle. “I so wanted his motorcycle to keep it forever and save it for his little girl that I had it shipped from California to here in Stockton,” Rolston said.
She and her nephew, Cleon Buzzell, are organizing the memorial ride. “I am Ryan’s mom-in-law, but [I] don’t like the in-law part ‘cause he was my son,” Rolston said.
Ryan’s Ride is receiving strong community support, she indicated. Brewster’s Fine Food & Drink has made “a generous donation,” and “a lot of local businesses have donated gift cards,” including a “$100 gift card,” Rolston said.
The rain date for Ryan’s Ride is Sunday, June 21.
Ride registration is $20 per motorcycle and rider, $10 per non-motorcyclist, and $10 per passenger. Donations may be made to Ryan’s Ride, T.D. Banknorth, P.O. Box 468, Searsport, ME 04974.
For information, contact Rolston at 322-7276 and Buzzell at 321-482-7498.