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Tribute To Fallen Soldiers

2018
TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIERS
MEMORIAL TORCH MOTORCYCLE RIDE
‘ A Run to Arlington National Cemetery’
July 17 – August 5, 2018

The date for the 2018 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride is set.

This summer’s tribute ride will depart Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday July 17th and is scheduled to arrive into Washington D.C on Friday August 3rd.

This is our annual ( 19 day – 3,500 mile ) cross country motorcycle ride in which we’ll be escorting the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame from Eugene to Arlington National Cemetery in the nations capitol to honor and pay tribute to America’s fallen soldiers.

As our escorted ride procession makes its way across the country we’ll be making scheduled stops at the homes of our fallen soldiers. These stops are what we refer to as Fallen Soldier Home Visits. At each home visit we make we’ll present our ‘Memorial Plaque of Distinguished Service’ to the surviving family members to simply say ‘thank you’ for their fallen heroes service and sacrifice and to remind each family their fallen hero hasn’t been forgotten.

When the ride procession arrives into Washington D.C the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame will be escorted into the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery where the Memorial Flame will be formally extinguished in memory of all fallen soldiers. In addition, we’ll formally lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

The ‘Closing Ceremony’ will take place on Sunday August 5th.

** There’s no fee to ride. All individual riders, ride groups and chapters are encouraged to participate and ride. Whether you ride one leg, one day or all 19 days, it’s an experience you won’t forget as we set out to honor more than 50 fallen heroes through 12 different states.

A SPECIAL VISIT; On Tuesday July 24th, 2018 our ride procession has been invited by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead to join him at the Governor’s Mansion in Cheyenne, Wyoming for a special visit and dinner with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. All riders in our ride procession are invited to attend. All riders in our ride procession will be escorted by law enforcement into the Governor’s Mansion for this very special dinner. The reception and dinner is scheduled from 4:30 – 6:30 pm mountain time. Earlier that morning our ride procession will depart Casper, Wyoming at approximately 10:00 am. ( MST ) For more information, email Warren@TributetoFallenSoldiers.com

 

OVERNIGHT STOPS & MEALS

Tribute to Fallen Soldiers NW is proud to partner with American Legion Posts as we make this cross country journey. At the end of each day of travel our ride procession will be greeted by individual American Legion Posts who will not only host us for the night, but also provide a complimentary dinner and breakfast. All riders are welcome to spend the night and welcome to participate in each meal. * Riders are encouraged to bring their own sleeping bag and pillows.

Riders who do not wish to spend the night at these Overnight Host facilities are free to find local campsites or hotels in the area.

The ride procession will depart each day from these locations at approximately 9:00 am. Our travel days typically end between 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

 

OVERNIGHT HOST CITIES

* Ride begins in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday July 17th at the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant / Valley River Center Shopping Mall.
Opening Ceremony begins at 9:00 AM.

Tuesday July 17 – ( Camp Murray ) – Tacoma, WA.
Wednesday July 18 – ( American Legion ) – Richland, WA.
Thursday July 19 – ( American Legion ) – Nampa, ID.
Friday July 20 – ( American Legion ) – Ogden, UT. / Salt Lake City, UT.
Saturday July 21 – ( American Legion ) – Rock Springs, WY.
Sunday July 22 – ( Private Gold Star Home ) – Casper, Wy.
Monday July 23 – ( Private Gold Star Home ) – Casper, WY.
Tuesday July 24 – ( American Legion Post ) – Cheyenne, WY.
Wednesday July 25 – ( American Legion Post ) – Pueblo, CO.
Thursday July 26 – ( American Legion ) – Dodge City, KS.
Friday July 27 – ( American Legion ) – Wichita, KS.
Saturday July 28 – ( American Legion ) – Branson, MO.
Sunday July 29 – ( American Legion ) – Branson, MO.
Monday July 30 – ( American Legion Post ) – Memphis, TN.
Tuesday July 31 – ( American Legion ) – Nashville, TN.
Wednesday August 1 – ( American Legion ) – Kingsport, TN
Thursday August 2 – ( Private Home ) – Richmond, VA.
Friday August 3 – ( Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel ) – Arlington, VA.
Saturday August 4 – ( Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel ) – Arlington, VA.
Sunday August 5 – ( Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel ) – Arlington, VA.
Monday August 6 – Riders Disperse and Begin Trip Home

 

RIDE LEGS, REST / FUEL STOPS & SPECIAL VISITS

The ride procession will typically travel between 200 – 250 miles each day of the ride which allows additional time for our scheduled Fallen Soldier Home Visits. There will be regular fuel and rest stops every 75-100 miles during each day’s travel. There is also ample rest time at each stop.

On occasion our ride procession is invited to make special appearances or stops with VIP’s. As mentioned above our ride procession will make a reception & dinner stop on Tuesday July 24th with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead along with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.
In addition our ride procession will make a two-night stop in Branson Missouri ( July 28 – July 29 ) for Fallen Soldier Home Visits plus a special nights entertainment at a local dinner theater.

 

MILITARY APPRECIATION KICKOFF DINNER

Each summer, prior to the rides departure from Eugene, Oregon, Tribute to Fallen Soldiers NW and the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant ( Valley River Center Shopping Mall ) partners together to provide our Military Appreciation Kickoff Dinner. Any active duty service member or veteran can attend this dinner and receive a 25% discount on their meals. This promotion extends to everyone in each family.

DATE: Sunday July 15
LOCATION: Texas Roadhouse Restaurant ( Valley River Center Mall )
Eugene, Oregon
TIME: 4:30 – 10:00 PM

 

OPENING CEREMONY

On Tuesday July 17th and prior to the rides departure from Eugene, Oregon, Tribute to Fallen Soldiers NW will hold our annual ‘Opening Ceremony’ to kick off the 2018 ride. This includes special guests, VIP’s and the official lighting of the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame. One Gold Star family will light the Memorial Flame to signify the beginning of the ride and represent the soul and spirit of the fallen soldier.

WHAT: Opening Ceremony

LOCATION: Texas Roadhouse Restaurant
Valley River Center Shopping Mall
Eugene, Oregon

TIME: 7:30 AM ( Riders can begin arriving )
9:00 AM ( Opening Ceremony begins )
10:00 AM ( Ride procession departs with special parade through downtown Eugene )

 

CLOSING CEREMONY

On Sunday August 5th our ride procession will escort the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame into the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery to formally extinguish the Memorial Flame in memory of all fallen soldiers. This is an extremely solemn and special ceremony to officially close the 2018 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride.   All riders / Gold Star families are invited to attend.  After the ‘Closing Ceremony’ a special wreath will be laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

DATE: Sunday August 5, 2018

STAGING LOCATION: Bus Parking Lot – Arlington National Cemetery

STAGING TIME: 4:30 PM / 5:00 PM Ride Procession Esorted Into Arlington National Cemetery

CEREMONY: Arlington National Cemetery ( Washington, D.C. )

 

SPECIAL NOTES

  • All participating riders are free to choose their own overnight accommodations ( Hotel, Motel or Camping ) at each overnight location during the ride.
  • All participating riders are responsible for their own fuel.
  • All riders are free to enjoy our complimentary Arrival Dinners and Departure Breakfasts at each overnight location.
  • Riders are encouraged to always travel with sunscreen, water & snacks.
  • The ride procession always rides in a staggered formation and is frequently escorted by law enforcement.
  • There will be a ride briefing each morning of the ride to go over the travel schedule to inform the group of scheduled stops and the days overnight location.
  • A trail vehicle will be part of the ride procession to always assist with any breakdowns or travel issues.

For any questions, please feel free to contact us at:

Warren@TributetoFallenSoldiers.com