The annual memorial motorcycle ride to remember fallen Marine Jonathan Williams Bowling was held April 30, with 130 vehicles registered.
The goal of $5,000, to fund two scholarships at Patrick Henry Community College, was surpassed by about $1,500.
All proceeds from the ride benefit the Corporal Jonathan W. Bowling Memorial Scholarship at Patrick Henry Community College, which was established in his honor.
Bowling dedicated his life to serving others, according to a news release from PHCC. He was a police officer, firefighter, elder in his church, and a corporal in the United States Marines.
He was killed on Jan. 26, 2005, when his unit’s convoy was ambushed in Iraq.
Because Bowling was also an avid biker, the Chapter 11 Red Knights Motorcycle Club formed an annual bike ride to preserve his memory.
“The life and legacy of Corporal Jonathan Williams Bowling remains a source of great inspiration,” said Dr. Greg Hodges, PHCC’s vice president of institutional advancement, effectiveness and campus life. “This event, and the revenue it produces, ensures that the memory of this true American hero continues to inspire others to greater educational achievement. PHCC is honored by this gift and honored to participate with the Bowling family to preserve Corporal Bowling’s memory.”
Each year, the Bowling Memorial Scholarship provides a scholarship for a Patrick County student to attend PHCC. Students with a desire to enter into public service are given priority. To learn more about the scholarship or Bowling’s life visit www.cpljonathanbowling.us.