Vet Fest honors American service


Hundreds of motorcycles cruised across the Lehigh Valley on Saturday for a cause.

"David Petzold was an Upper Saucon police officer who was killed in the line of duty back in 2006," said Ralph Shenyo, the Vet Fest Committee Chairman.

The bike ride which benefited the David Petzold Memorial Foundation was part of the third annual Vet Fest at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks.

"We have vendors here in support of our veterans and that's basically the focus of Vet Fest is to show our veterans that they have lots of support when they come home," said Shenyo.

The two-day event is hosted by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights MC. The festival includes the bike run, a bike show, a 5K benefiting the Bethlehem Police Department, live music and dozens of vendors, all offering services and support to vets and law enforcement officers.

"This is just for people to come and get help that need it, we have VA's here, PTSD dogs, you name it, if anybody needs information it's here," said Timothy Parsons, President of the Nam Knights MC Lehigh Valley.

Organizers say Vet Fest is a celebration of American heroes and a memorial for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The event is free and runs through Sunday afternoon.

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