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Trail of Tears Ride To Stop At U.S. Space & Rocket Center This Year

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's the 20th anniversary of the Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride, which commemorates the path Native Americans took when forced off their lands in the 1800s.

Every year it takes the same route and stops in the same cities.  But this year, there are some changes.

"We just wanted to make it big and have it at really, a spot people will remember," said Tabitha Ivey, spokesperson for the Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride.

Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride

From Bridgeport to Waterloo, Alabama, for the past 19 years the riders have taken the same path, and their first stop has always been in the same city.

But last year, Sci-Quest announced its move to the Madison complex where the riders have always stopped.  So the riders have to find a new place.

"We weren't really sure where to go, there wasn't any place in Madison large enough to logistically hold all the riders that come through with the stop," said Ivey.

So, leaders at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center reached out to the ride's organizers.  The riders will stop there this year.

It's an exciting change for both parties, who are already starting to plan the weekend's events.

"It's extremely special to us.  It's significant that of all years, the 20th anniversary they celebrate this historic ride, that it takes place on our campus," said Tim Hall, spokesperson for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

No word yet whether they will continue to host the stop at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in coming years, but if all goes well, nobody is ruling it out.

"We're a historical location," said Hall.  "It makes perfect sense that this historical ride would stop at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center."

The Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride is always held the third weekend of September.  Riders will make their stop at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center on September 21, 2013.

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