2016 Ride for the fallen
More than 700 motorcycles participated in the 2016 Ride for the Fallen in Austin on Saturday, May 7th making the event the largest turnout to date.
“We continue to exceed the previous Ride’s turnout year after year,” said Carol Whitfield, CLEAT’s Volunteer event planner for the Ride. “It’s so exciting to watch it grow and see everyone come together to honor Texas’ heroes,” she stated.
Hundreds of law enforcement motorcycle officers along with friends, family and supporters gathered in Austin for the 15th annual motorcycle ride and tribute honoring Texas’ fallen officers. The Ride started at the Cowboy Harley Davidson and ended at the Texas Peace Officers Memorial Monument located at the state Capitol.
State Representative Bryan Hughes was the keynote speaker at the Tribute and State Representative Allen Fletcher was the special guest speaker. Court of Appeals Justice Cindy Olson Bourland read the roll call of the fallen. The Austin Police Department and Travis County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guards presented the colors while the Austin Police Department played the bagpipes. And the Iron Circle Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club presented the wreath at the Monument.
“Texas has 1,959 fallen officers and we lead the nation with that number,” said CLEAT President Todd Harrison to the crowd. “We will never see them again in this life, but we will also never forget them,” said Harrison.
While in Austin, several law enforcement motorcycle clubs contributed to the Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation. The Seventh Seal Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club from Montgomery contributed $5,000.
“At last year’s Ride, the President of the Iron Circle presented a challenge to all the participating motorcycle clubs,” said Eric Hoffman, President of the Seventh Seal. “When presenting a check to the POMF at last year’s Ride, he challenged us to step up and do our part for the Monument.” “Challenge accepted,” he stated as he presented the check from his group of 20 members who all worked tirelessly to raise funds for the charity.
The Thin Blue Line Lonestar MC from Tomball contributed $2,000 and the Iron Circle Law Enforcement MC gave $3,200 to the Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation.
Photos from the event will be posted online via the POMF’s shutterfly page.
The Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strives to perpetuate the memory of Texas law enforcement officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their communities. The foundation honors the fallen by providing assistance and support in a line of duty death. The foundation also offers college scholarships, sponsors the biennial Memorial Service at the State Capitol and supports research to find and honor all Texas Peace Officers who throughout history have made the ultimate sacrifice. The foundation is also the second largest contributor behind the state to the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Monument.
2015 Ride for the Fallen Pictures
2015 Candlelight Vigil and Memorial Ceremony Pictures