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Thousands of motorcyclists from across the UK will take part in a pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire this weekend.

 

This year marks the seventh year of the annual Ride to the Wall, a motorcycling fundraising ride to the Armed Forces Memorial which is followed by a dedicated service of remembrance.

 

Riders can set off from one of 11 starting points on Saturday morning, joining a convoy of bikers all travelling to pay their respects and recognise the sacrifice made by the more than 16,000 servicemen and women whose names are engraved on the wall of the Armed Forces Memorial.

 

During the afternoon, the Military Wives Choir will perform on the steps of the Armed Forces Memorial and a Tiger Moth biplane will drop poppy petals along the causeway.

 

The event also raises money for the national site of remembrance. Since it was founded in 2008, Ride to the Wall has raised over £218,000 to support the upkeep of the National Memorial Arboretum.

 

Another fundraising ride last week raised funds for SSAFA, a charity that provides lifelong support for the armed forces and their families.

 

More than 60 bikers took part in the commemorative 70-mile motorbike ride in Wiltshire to mark 70 years since Operation Market Garden in the Second World War. They toured the Wiltshire airfields used in 1944, including Lyneham, Wroughton and Keevil, and raised more than £500.

 

A similar event is planned to be held next year to commemorate the Battle of Gallipoli.

 

To find out where you can join the ride, check out the start locations section of Ride to the Wall website.

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