More Than Seventy People Ride Bikes for a Fallen Veteran 

A family of veterans and their loved ones known as the American Legion Post 80 of Millinocket dressed up in their orange shirts and black vests to remember one of their own, James Popkowski.”He was so funny, he’d give you the shirt off of his back,” said Audra Jacobs, one of the event’s organizers.James or Bing as he was affectionately called was shot and killed in front of the Togus VA clinic this past July, a day his former classmate, Brian Gallant will never forget.”It was the day before our twentieth reunion it was just a shock it’s hard to explain,” he said.Now months after his passing, the American Legion Post is honoring Bing and celebrating the life of a man who they say was loved by so many.There are quite a few people that knew him and cared about him and it was something that was brought up so we decided to have a ride for him.A total of 76 people revved up their hogs and rode in memory of Bing, traveling 130 miles.Riding in the pack were some of his closest friends, people who didn’t even know him and even his dog he loved so much.”We know he’s looking down with a big smile,” Jacobs said.