A fallen hero’s legacy of service will continue next weekend as the 11th annual SSG Seth Ricketts Memorial Chip Run brings the community together to support veterans and their families.
US Army SSG Ricketts, a native of Glen, was killed in action in Afghanistan on February 27, 2010. His family and friends have continued to honor his memory with the annual event, set this year for Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at American Legion Post 6 on South Tate Street. All proceeds go to support Fisher House, a national charity that provides housing and other assistance for veterans and their families while they receive care at Veterans Administration or military medical centers.
Rickett’s sister, Tiffany Graham, said they’re looking forward to an exciting day with plenty of activities for all ages and interests. The day will include the signature poker chip motorcycle run with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the ride rolling out at 11 a.m. with a cost of $15 per rider and $5 per passenger. There will also be a live auction, raffle, arts and crafts vendors, food, a car show featuring classic and collectible cars hosted by Dream Riderz, karaoke, and much more.
Graham said she hopes everyone will come out and help them raise funds for Fisher House. The organization is close to their hearts because they feel like they’ve become part of the military family and believe in its mission of helping veterans and their loved ones going through difficult times by easing the financial burden of finding lodging while undergoing medical care.
“When you lose someone in the military you gain another family. I have a bunch of brothers who have taken me under their wing,” she said.
She says while her brother was always one to shy away from recognition for his service, she believes he would love knowing his name and memory is continuing to help his fellow veterans and their families.
“He would have been happy to see something for his military family,” she said.
There will also be opportunities at the event to support a scholarship in honor of Rickett’s late father, Bill Ricketts. The elder Ricketts, a longtime registered nurse who worked at MS Care Center, passed away last November of COVID-19 and a scholarship has been established for nursing students. Graham said there will be a few separate things supporting the scholarship on Saturday and those will be clearly marked to differentiate from the Fisher House supporting items that are the main focus of the annual event.
For information on how to become a vendor or more information on the event, call 662-643-7050.