LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A motorcycle club will be riding into Lufkin on June 11.
The Blue Knights MC will be hosting its annual regional conference in the Piney Woods, expecting 200 members to show up. The meeting will run from June 11-14.
"We are made up of current law enforcement officers and retired officers," member Brandon Lovell said. "We will be in town having our meetings and taking guided rides through the area."
Lovell said the group is not like the biker groups that caused a fight in Waco, killing nine bikers in May.
Lovell said it is important to share the rode with the group and to not be concerned. "We want to make the public aware not only first of all that there is going to be a lot of extra motorcycles around the Angelina County area, but also to know about the Blue Knights and what we are and what we consist of," Lovell said.
"There's going to be law enforcement; retired and current out on the streets."
According to their website, the Blue Knights MC is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles.
In the Spring of 1974, several law enforcement officers* from the Bangor, Maine (USA) area met and formed a small, local motorcycle club. Soon, Blue Knight chapters were being formed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and beyond. With the addition of Canada, and later Australia, the Blue Knights became an international organization.
The charitable organization has contributed over $17.4 million dollars toward various charities throughout the world since statistics were kept.