Medal of Honor Soldier’s Motorcycle Ridden In Annual Memorial Run
By Marc Larocque : Taunton Gazette Staff Reporter
After Monti, of Raynham, was killed in action at age 30 while trying to save a fellow soldier in Afghanistan in 2006, his black Harley-Davidson was given to his uncle Russell Corsini and family. Ever since then, Corsini rode the bike in honor of his nephew, and he has taken it out each year on a memorial motorcycle run held in Monti’s name.
“He was my nephew but we were also best friends,” said Corsini, of Plymouth, while getting ready at the American Legion in Raynham before the ride on Sunday. “I always picture him on this bike. When I take the bike out, I say, all right Jared, let’s go for a ride. I can’t really describe it in words, but when I’m riding, I feel like I have a piece of Jared with me.”
The third annual Monti’s Run took a large pack of motorcyclists on a 21-mile ride around mostly back roads in Raynham, Bridgewater, Middleboro and Taunton. The event was used to raise money for a scholarship fund established in honor of Monti.
Corsini and his wife Tricia organized Monti’s Run, which was supported by members of the Patriot Guard Riders and many other unaffiliated motorcyclists.
“When we got Jared’s bike, we know we wanted to do something like this,” Tricia Corsini said. “It’s incredible, the outpouring from everybody to support this event. Jared was a very special kid. He would be embarrassed by this because he was so humble.”
Rick Wood, one of the riders, said that he is proud to participate in Monti’s Run.
“To me it’s an honor to be involved,” said Wood, of the Patriot Guard Riders. “He was a true American hero. We ride for those who cannot.”
As the motorcyclists filed out of the parking lot at the American Legion, they motored past a memorial built at the site in honor of Monti that was unveiled last year. The motorcycle run was followed by a post-ride pig roast barbecue — featuring a very large swine that had been cooking all day — along with raffles and musical entertainment.
Paul Monti, the father of Jared Monti, attended the event and brought Jared’s black pickup truck, which was recently revealed as the subject of a country music hit performed by Lee Brice.
“It’s nice to see so many people come out to honor my son, one of many, many of this country’s heroes,” Paul Monti said.
For more information on the Jared Monti scholarship fund, go to www.sfcjaredcmonti.com.
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