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Local Biker Club Serves Veterans


ARDMORE, OK -- Music honoring our service men and women filled the air as nearly 150 veterans gathered together for the annual American Iron Rider's barbeque.

"I’m having a good time," Vietnam veteran Wilton Allen says.

Wilton Allen served in the Vietnam War 60 years ago.

He says having the Iron Riders here with him to share old war stories means everything in the world to him.

"I think it’s nice of them, it’s something that they do to help, make things go along faster," Allen says.

Several bikers in the club are veterans as well; they say it's important for our veterans to know they are appreciated for everything they did for their country. 

"It's important for all of us to give back to our veterans, and unfortunately a lot of these guys don't have family, or this is their ending life right here, and we just like to come out and try to make it a little more pleasant for them," club member Ron Renzelman says.

According to the Veteran’s Administration, there are only 855,000 World War 2 veterans left out of the 16,000,000 who served, and Ardmore is honored to have one right here at home. 

"Served 4 years, but 2 years overseas," War 2 veteran Clarence Mitchell says.

Billy Howard says he is star struck being around our countries military; which is why he travels to veterans centers all over North America, writing songs about our freedom. 

"Freedom is the most beautiful thing we own and if it weren’t for them, we wouldn't have it, and personally I love freedom," veteran performer Billy Howard says.