FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – On February 4, members of the Fargo-Moorhead community braved the cold to help raise awareness and support veterans, homeless people and others through the “Freezin for a reason” event. FM Legion riders were among those sleeping outside the tents.
“No matter how cold it gets or how bad it gets, I still sleep like a baby,” said FM Legion Riders manager Tom Krabbenhoft. “I wake up every 15 minutes and cry. So that’s how I deal with the cold, sleeping in the cold.
“It warms us to see the community come behind us,” said Doug Dietrich, Treasurer of FM Legion Riders. “You’re happy when the morning is here and it’s done.”
The main purpose of the event this year was to raise funds for the construction of a shelter at the North Dakota National Cemetery. Legion riders throughout the weekend repeatedly expressed that this shelter would serve veterans and their families against the outside elements.
“It’s going to bring tears to our eyes. It will really go to all of us,” Dietrich said.
“It’s no longer an if, it’s when it’s going to happen. It will happen,” Krabbenhoft said. “It means a lot to the riders of the FM legion. We said two years ago that we were going to sharpen our spears with this and move it forward.
According to the Legion Riders, an American veteran dies by suicide every 22 hours. Moments like this prompted Krabbenhoft and his group to use their platform to help.
“And when you do something like that, you worry about being a one-hit wonder, you’re going to get a song and you’re going to fade away,” Krabbenhoft said. “It didn’t happen, it’s the second time we’ve done it and it’s gotten bigger.”
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