Tribute To Fallen Soldiers
TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIERS
MEMORIAL TORCH MOTORCYCLE RIDE
‘ A Run to Arlington National Cemetery’
July 15 – August 3, 2017
The date for the 2017 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride is set.
This summer’s tribute ride will depart Eugene, Oregon on Saturday July 15th and is scheduled to arrive into Washington D.C on Tuesday August 1st.
This is our annual ( 17 day – 3,000 mile ) cross country motorcycle ride in which we’ll be escorting the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch 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 show our gratitude for their fallen heroes service and sacrifice and to remind each family their fallen soldier isn’t 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 o
f all fallen soldiers. This very special ceremony will take place on Thursday morning August 3rd.
** There’s no fee to ride. All individual riders, ride groups and chapters are encouraged to ride. Whether you ride one leg, one day or all 17 days, it’s an experience you won’t forget as we set out to honor more than 45 fallen heroes through 12 different states.
OVERNIGHT STOPS & MEALS
Tribute to Fallen Soldiers NW is proud to partner with American Legion Posts in each of our overnight cities as we make our way across the country. At each overnight stop we make, the local American Legion Post will open their doors to
allow us to either camp or spend the night inside of their properties. All riders are encouraged to bring a sleeping bag, pill
ow and soft mat for comfort.
In addition, each American Legion Post that acts as our official ‘Overnight Host’ will provide an arrival pot luck dinner each evening and a pot luck departure breakfast for our riders. These meals are complimentary through the assistance of each community.
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 Saturday July 15th at the Valley River Center Shopping Mall.
Opening Ceremony begins at 9:00 AM.
Saturday July 15 – ( Camp Murray ) – Tacoma, WA.
Sunday July 16 – ( American Legion ) – Spokane, WA.
Monday July 17 – ( American Legion ) – Missoula, MT.
Tuesday July 18 – ( American Legion ) – Billings, MT.
Wednesday July 19 – ( Private Home ) – Casper, WY.
Thursday July 20 – ( Private Home ) – Casper, Wy.
Friday July 21 – ( American Legion ) – Cheyenne, WY.
Saturday July 22 – ( VFW Post ) – Colorado Springs, CO.
Sunday July 23 – ( National Guard Armory ) – Hays, KS.
Monday July 24 – ( American Legion ) – Topeka, KS.
Tuesday July 25 – ( American Legion ) – Columbia, MO.
Wednesday July 26 – ( American Legion ) – St. Louis, MO.
Thursday July 27 – ( American Legion ) – Indianapolis, IN.
Friday July 28 – ( American Legion Post ) – Columbus, OH.
Saturday July 29 – ( American Legion ) – Pittsburgh, PA.
Sunday July 30 – ( American Legion ) – Pittsburgh, PA.
Monday July 31 – ( American Legion ) – Harrisonburg, VA.
Tuesday August 1 – ( Hotel ) – Falls Church, VA.
Wednesday August 2 – ( Hotel ) – Falls, Church, VA.
Thursday August 3 – Riders Depart for Home
RIDE LEGS, REST / FUEL STOPS & SPECIAL VISITS
The ride procession will typically travel between 200 – 250 miles each day of the ride to allow additional time for our Fallen Soldier Home Visits. There will be regular fuel and rest stops during each day’s travel. The ride procession typically won’t travel more than 90-100 miles in any given leg to allow for frequent rest time.
On occasion our ride procession is invited to make special appearances or stops with VIP’s. For instance, on Friday July 21st, our ride procession has been invited to stop and spend time with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.
In addition, on Tuesday July 25th the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL has invited our ride procession to make a special stop at their football facility as we travel in and through Kansas City, Missouri. Also, once our ride procession arrives into Washington D.C we’ll have exclusive visits scheduled to the White House, Capitol Building and Pentagon. These special visits are open to anyone who is traveling with us.
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 extends to everyone in each family.
DATE: Thursday July 13
LOCATION: Texas Roadhouse Restaurant ( Valley River Center Mall )
TIME: 4:30 – 10:30 PM
On Saturday July 15th and prior to the rides departure from Eugene, Oregon, Tribute to Fallen Soldiers NW will hold our annual Opening Ceremony to kick off the 2017 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
TIME: 7:30 AM ( Riders can begin arriving )
9:00 AM ( Ceremony begins )
10:00 AM ( Ride procession departs )
On Thursday August 2nd our ride procession will escort the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch 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 2017 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride.
DATE: Wednesday August 2, 2017
STAGING LOCATION: Bus Parking Lot – Arlington National Cemetery
STAGING TIME: 4:30 PM
CEREMONY: Arlington National Cemetery ( Washington, D.C. )
- 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.
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