A benefit motorcycle ride through Central Illinois Sunday will stop in Taylorville to honor a local army veteran. The Peace Keepers’ annual ride will start around 11:30 a.m. Sunday with opening ceremonies at the Illinois Military State Museum on the grounds of Camp Lincoln in Springfield. The organization’s president anticipates the group arriving in Taylorville around 1:15 p.m.
Mylas Copeland is the Peace Keepers President and Ride Coordinator. He says for residents to expect road blocks as the group comes into town Sunday afternoon, and the group will honor U.S. Army Private First-Class Maggie Bilyeu with a presentation to her family.
Any motorcycle rider can participate. It costs $20 for the rider and $10 for an additional passenger. There is also a VIP experience that costs $50 for the rider and $25 for the additional passenger. Copeland says Peace Keepers Incorporated saw a record number of scholarship applicants this year, and they continue to strive to help every hero who needs the help.
A group from Taylorville will be meeting at the American Legion at 9:15 a.m. to ride up together for the opening ceremonies on Sunday. If you would just like to come to the ceremony for Maggie Bilyeu, Copeland says everyone is welcome, and you can make cash or check donations on site at the ceremony.