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Chester chosen for 2019 Tour of Honor

  • Gazebo Park in Chester will get plenty of visitors this year, as more than 1,000 riders are expected to participate in the Grand Tour.

    Gazebo Park in Chester will get plenty of visitors this year, as more than 1,000 riders are expected to participate in the Grand Tour.
    Judy Shields/Shots by Shields

  • This is what the visitors will be coming to see -- the Chester veterans memorial.

    This is what the visitors will be coming to see -- the Chester veterans memorial.
    Judy Shields/Shots by Shields

 
Herald Tribune staff report
updated: 3/6/2019 6:17 PM

The city of Chester has been chosen as one of seven stops in Illinois on the 2019 Tour of Honor, a grand tour sponsored by the American Motorcycle Association that raises money for veterans and first responder charities.

Between April 1 and Oct. 31, more than 1,000 motorcycle riders may visit Chester Square Gazebo Park and the veterans memorial. Riders will come individually or in small groups, as they tour the state to look at all seven selected sites -- all of which are related to veterans, first responders and 9/11.

The other sites in Illinois will not be made public until April 1.

According to Chester Recreation Director Patti Carter, the city will erect a welcome banner at the memorial and businesses are encouraged to offer discounts or specials to the riders.