Torres takes part in first YG Freedom Ride


Members of the motorcycle club Young Gunz Marianas pose with Gov. Ralph DLG Torres before taking part in a Freedom Ride last Saturday, May 26, 2018. (Contributed Photo)

To pay tribute to fallen heroes, the new motorcycle club Young Gunz Marianas hosted its first Freedom Ride with the participation of Gov. Ralph DLG Torres last Saturday, May 26, 2018.

The “Heroes Freedom Ride,” intended to honor servicemembers who gave their lives and to remember their families, also recognized local law enforcement officers as part of the celebration of CNMI Police Week.

According to Young Gunz Marianas adviser and Matua Riders official Marie Salas-Igitol, the group invited Torres and members of the Matua Riders Motorcycle Club to join in the ride.

“It was a great turnout as both clubs and other two-wheel riders joined in the event. We rode around the island and then made our second pit stop at the Veterans Cemetery to pay our respects. The end point of the Tribute Ride was at the American Memorial Park Court of Honor, during which Young Gunz Marianas and Torres delivered words of appreciation,” she said.

On Monday, May 28, the Young Gunz Marianas again revved up to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony at the CNMI Veterans Cemetery in Marpi.

“Memorial Day is always an emotional day, especially for the surviving families. It is a reflection on honor, sacrifice, and duty. Let none of us forget what Memorial Day really is…to remember all those who had fallen and be happy and grateful to the ones who still live and remember,” she said.

Young Gunz Marianas consists of the younger generation of Matua Riders. Young Gunz Marianas and Matua Riders are two separate motorcycle clubs. The Young Gunz currently consists of 40 members.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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