Remembering Our Heroes memorial motorcycle ride
Motorcycle engines revved in downtown Fort Oglethorpe Sunday morning to pay respects to all of America’s fallen heroes.
Motorcycle engines revved in downtown Fort Oglethorpe Sunday morning to pay respects to all of America’s fallen heroes. This is the 6th year, the 6th Cavalry Museum hosted the Memorial Day Weekend motorcycle ride. Over 120 bikers rode through North Georgia and Tennessee to remember our fallen service men and women including Chattanooga's Fallen 5.
“We do this to show Chattanooga that the fallen soldiers and people who given their lives for our country are important to us,’ said Nate Mayo. He enjoys riding his motorcycle for many reasons but on this Memorial Day Weekend he rode for one purpose. “It's mostly reflection on the reason why we’re allowed to do this. Why I can get on my bike and ride anywhere I want to, because the people who gave their lives for us.”
On Sunday, dozens came out to remember our nation's heroes. Bikers from all over the area rode in memory of the men and women who died protecting us. “Honor the memory of the people who put their lives on the line to do it. Whether they are uniform in the US service or police or fire uniforms, anyone who serves like that deserves our respect,” said event organizer Gary Boyd.
Their ride took them around the Chickamauga Battle Fields, through the Chattanooga National Cemetery and by the Fallen Five memorial site. “Honor their memory also, because they were heroes. They fought a war, a war they didn't know they were fighting.”
Before riders took off, five bricks were added to the 6th Cavalry Museum's Memorial Garden. Each one representing one of the fallen five. “We want a place where people can come and quietly reflect and gather their thoughts and say thank you,” said executive director of the museum, Chris McKeever.
Bikers rode to show their love and support for our fallen heroes, and to pay tribute to those who left their mark on this country. “Something that says we care. It is a lot easier to put on a t-shirt than a uniform but that’s what we can do, it is how we can say thank you,” said Boyd.
It took bikers nearly 2 hours to finish the 40 mile course.
Proceeds benefit the 6th Cavalry Museum, whose mission is to educate, preserve the history of and remember the contributions of those who gave everything in the service of our country.