On Saturday, June 16, the sound of 50 motorcycles was heard in Nevada.


Leathernecks Motorcycle Club International, Inc., held its fourth annual Six Memorial Ride. The club’s president, Craig Skinner, said Six was the number of Paul Ladd, a Navy veteran and motorcyclist from Boone, who was practicing for RAGBRAI and was hit and killed by a car five years ago. This Ride was a Memorial Ride held in his honor.


The motorcyclist group from five states (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and Iowa) gathered to register for this ride at Nevada American Legion Post 48 at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The Legion family provided food and refreshments for the riders before they resumed their ride at 1 p.m., heading to Story City, then on to State Center and ending in Colo at the Dog House for a silent auction, meal and music.


The Leatherneck Motorcycle Club is an organization dedicated to supporting veterans, Marine Corps-related functions, charitable organizations and keeping POW/MIA awareness alive. They foster a brotherhood committed to service outside of the military and within the world of motorcycling. They come from all ranks and walks of life, and have served in combat and peace time. They are all Marines.


All funds raised through this group’s rides go to veterans in Iowa. In the past five years, they have raised $32,000. They have helped individual veterans, paid for service dogs for veterans and given to the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.