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YORK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Ask anyone who rides, and they'll say there's a feeling of freedom that comes with a motorcycle.

But that feeling of freedom becomes much deeper during the Spring Ride for the Troops, an annual motorcycle ride by the Patriot Riders of Maine.

The 25 mile ride raises money for veterans, and shows support for troops.

According to the Maine Chapter's Vice President, the event raised about $20,000 last year, and helped pay for things like heating oil and transportation for Maine veterans.

"You might know a veteran here that you don't even know needs help putting oil in his tank or food on the table, so this is what it's all about," said Vice President Jim Legere.

One notable participant in this year's ride was First Lady Ann LePage.

"There are so many people who do so many things for our veterans, and it seems like there's still so much to do," said LePage.

She served as the speaker at the closing ceremony in Arundel at the the end of the ride.

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