William Diescher and his friends had been to Back the Blue Rallies in Ithaca and Syracuse, where participants would drive through the cities in motorcades, but had never hosted one before.
That changed Saturday as Diescher, president of Cortland’s Back the Blue group, and others brought a motorcade through Cortland County.
Starting at the plaza on Homer Avenue in Cortland, the six-vehicle motorcade, complete with vehicles sporting American, thin blue line and other patriotic flags, traveled across the county and beyond, stopping in Solon, DeRuyter, Apulia and Preble to show support for first responders, veterans and everyone else who puts their life on the line for the country.
“It’s a beautiful day,” Diescher said. The day was sunny, with a high near 60 and the leaves in full color. “It’s going to be fun to hang out with people.”
Two of those in attendance were Jaymie Reese and Kevin Reese Jr. of Homer.
“I think it’s going to be sweet,” Kevin Reese said before the start. “It’s a good cause.”
As he spoke, a passing ambulance blared its sirens on its way to a call.
The timing couldn’t have been more perfect, he said, as he was saying he wanted to attend to show support to “those guys right there, literally,” he said.
“They’re very important people and I think everybody needs to show their appreciation,” Jaymie Reese said.
Both said they had never attended a motorcade event like this before.
Diescher said the group also plans a Halloween event Oct. 31 at Anderson’s Farm Market in Homer with games, candy, apple cider and doughnuts and free pumpkins to the first 100 children.
Diescher said that he hoped Saturday’s event could bring unity and support for all those who put their lives on the line for citizens.
“We’re all Americans,” he said. “We all have the right to opinions. We don’t have to have the same opinion to get along and respect each other.”