Dozens participate in memorial ride for Pvt. Aurek Rardin


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – More than 60 motorcyclists took off from American Legion Post 11 for a memorial ride to honor Army Pvt. Aurek Rardin.

A Lafayette Jeff grad, Rardin died during training with the National Guard this past April.

Among the riders was Rardin’s father Brent. He said the family has received community support from many people and organizations. Sunday’s ride was a testament to his son’s desire to honor the country.

“He loved the country, he loved the service, he loved the people he was working with,” said Rardin. “I know that he’s in heaven right now, and he’s probably enjoying this very much.”

Funds raised from the ride went toward the Mary T. Klinker Veterans Center. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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