WHAT: Bike for the Blue Memorial RideWHEN: 5:30 a.m., Saturday May 13
WHERE: State Capitol
BACKGROUND: As part of National Police Week, over 20 members of the Richmond Police Department join others in law enforcement to pedal in a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. in honor of officers who have died in the line of duty.
A contingent of over 100 officers representing jurisdictions from Virginia and federal law enforcement agencies will participate.
“We organize this ride every year to honor those who lost their lives protecting the citizens and making the communities safer,” said Richmond Police Sergeant Anthony Papaleo. “This year is particularly special because the Metro Richmond Police Emerald Society will be the featured pipes and drums performers during Saturday evening’s candlelight vigil at the National Mall.”
Bike for the Blue participants will ride 110 miles on 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 29 RPD officers who have given their lives for the city as the Department participates for the 22nd year.
Members of the public and the media are invited to attend.