Thursday, May 12, 2011

Bike for the Blue Memorial Ride

As part of recognizing Police Memorial Week, members of the Richmond Police Department will join others in law enforcement tomorrow to pedal in a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C., in honor of officers who died in the line of duty.

This year’s Bike for the Blue memorial ride takes off at 6 a.m., tomorrow, Friday, May 13, from the State Capitol. A contingent of officers representing the Richmond region will participate along with officers from other jurisdictions in Virginia and North Carolina. Also riding will be agents from the FBI, ATF and members of the National Guard.

Bike for the Blue participants will ride the 117 miles up Route 1 to the nation’s capital to meet their colleagues from across the country for the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony. Richmond Police will remember the officers who gave their lives for the city as it participates in the ride for the 16th year.

“Officers from the Richmond Police Department are proud of our role in hosting the International Police Mountain Bike Association meeting this year,” said Sgt. Anthony Papeleo. “Many officers from around the country who were training with us remarked about the solemnity of the Bike for the Blue ride and how it reinforces the fraternal pride that is so vital to law enforcement. We ride again in remembrance and brotherhood.”

Police Memorial Week is May 15 – 21, 2011.

The media is encouraged to attend.