The sounds of more than 60 motorcycles roared through Hutchinson Friday as the Minnesota Tribute to the Troops annual memorial ride rolled into town.

The group made a scheduled stop at Northwoods Park. Their mission: To pay tribute to Cody Claycamp and his family.

Claycamp, a 2014 Hutchinson High School graduate, was a member of the U.S. Army and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2017. In 2018, while stationed in El Paso, Texas, 22-year-old Claycamp died by suicide.

Riders from all corners of the U.S. made the trip to Hutchinson to support Claycamp’s family. Tribute to the Troops co-founder Rockie Lynne gave a speech about Claycamp’s life, and then volunteer Dave Dunn delivered a sermon.

Afterward, Claycamp’s parents, Marsha and Jeremy Freyholtz, and his brother, Cole, were presented with gifts. Among them were a handmade gold star quilt, a painted suncatcher, a charcoal rubbing of Claycamp’s headstone and a special plaque with Claycamp’s picture on it.

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