2017 Ride For The Fallen
More than 800 motorcycles participated in the 2017 Ride for the Fallen in Austin on Saturday, April 29th 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 16th 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.
“Texas has more than 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.
“At the 2015 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 that Ride, he challenged us to step up and do our part for the Monument. Challenge accepted,” he stated.
Photos from past rides posted on 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, maintains a disaster relief team, 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.
Ride For The Fallen 2016 / drone video