Tribute Ride Staff with the family of Marine Lance Cpl. Nicholas Bloem in Belgrade, MT
Tribute ride staff with Gold Star mother Christine Bestgen in Gillette, Wyoming
2014 Closing Ceremony was held at Mt. Rushmore National Park
Tribute Door Magnet
Tribute Ride Procession
Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch - Renton, Washington
2014 Military Appreciation Kickoff Dinner - Eugene, Oregon
2014 Tribute Ride Gold Star Cermony - Washington
2014 Tribute Ride Procession - Wyoming
2014 Tribute Ride Rest Stop
2014 Gold Star Ceremony - Gillette, Wyoming
2014 Gold Star Moms - Spokane, Washington
2014 Tribute Ride Ceremony - Montana
2014 Tribute Ride Memorial Torch Visits Valor House, Montana
2015 A Crowded Neighborhood
2015 Army Escorts
2015 Army Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Munden
2015 Bambi Hayes
2015 Honoring Johnny Craver
2015 Leila Willingham Ceremony
2015 Marine Cpl. Tyler S. Trovillion
2015 Marine Cpl. Tyler S. Trovillion Portrait
2015 Mary Bush Peter Courcy Visit
2015 Peter Courcy Visit
2015 Army Cpl. William Amundson
2015 Army Cpl William Amundson's family
2015 Army Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Munden Ceremony
2015 Ride Procession
2015 Phyllis Broomfield Ceremony
2015 Warren Giving Plaque to Mary Bush
2015 Warren Giving Plaque to Phyllis Broomfield
2015 2nd Lt. Johnny K. Craver
Tribute Ride Memorial Torch
2019 TRIBUTE TO FALLEN SOLDIERS MEMORIAL TORCH MOTORCYCLE RIDE A Run to Arlington National Cemetery July 14 – August 4, 2019
We’d like to welcome you to our Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest web site. Here, you’ll find all of the latest information and news regarding our upcoming 2019 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride.
The 2019 tribute ride is scheduled to depart Eugene, Oregon on Sunday July 14th and is scheduled to arrive into Washington D.C on Friday August 2nd.
This is our annual ( 22 day – 4,000 mile ) cross country motorcycle ride in which we’ll be escorting the ‘Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame’ from Eugene, Oregon to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C to honor and pay tribute to America’s fallen service members.
As our escorted ride procession makes its way across the country we’ll be making scheduled stops at the homes of these fallen service members. These scheduled stops are what we refer to as ‘Fallen Soldier Home Visits.’ At each home visit we make we present our ‘Memorial Plaque of Distinguished Service’ to the surviving family members to simply say ‘thank you’ for the service members sacrifice and to remind each family their fallen hero hasn’t been forgotten.
Once the ride procession reaches Washington D.C we’ll escort the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame inside the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery to formally extinguish the Memorial Flame in our ‘Closing Ceremony’ to honor all fallen service members. Then, upon completion of our ‘Closing Ceremony’ we’ll lay a wreath at the ‘Tomb of the Unknown Soldier’ to recognize all Gold Star families.
The ‘Closing Ceremony’ will take place on Sunday August 4th at 2:00 pm.
The joint service honor guard places the casket of former Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger at its final resting place in Arlington, Va., on April 4, 2006.
There’s no fee to participate and ride. All individual riders, ride chapters and groups are encouraged to participate and ride. Whether you decide to ride one leg, one day, several days or the entire cross country journey, the amount of time you participate is completely up to you. One thing we can assure you of, it’s an experience you’ll never forget as we set out to honor and pay tribute to more than ( 50 ) fallen service members in more than a dozen states as we make our way to the nations capitol.
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL VISIT
On Saturday July 20th our ride procession will be making a special stop and visit at the Children’s Hospital of Minneapolis. Here, we’ll spend a couple of hours with dozens of hospitalized children who simply can use a lift from a passionate group of bikers willing to give plenty of hugs and gifts. Each summer our ride procession strives to make one stop like this to provide those in need with a little extra care to make communities better. If you plan to be with us, please make sure to bring along a gift suitable for a boy or girl ages 5 – 16. We encourage stuffed animals, board games, Legos, coloring books & Crayons, books, video games, etc. If you have any questions about this visit, please contact; Warren@TributetoFallenSoldiers.com
OVERNIGHT STOPS & MEALS
Our Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride is proud to be able to partner with community organizations such as the Elks Lodge, American Legion and VFW as we make our way across the country. At the end of each travel day our ride procession will spend the night at one of these organizations where we’re always provided with a hot pot luck style dinner along with a hot breakfast in the morning prior to our departure. Our ‘Overnight Host’ will also provide us with a large space for air mattresses, cots and sleeping bags to spend the night. It’s not glamorous but we’re well taken care of. For those who would like other accommodations, they’re free to find a local hotel / motel, camping site,..etc. Breakfast is scheduled each morning from 6:00 – 8:00 AM.
The ride procession departs each morning at 8:30 AM sharp. There will be a morning ‘Ride Briefing’ at 8:00 AM to discuss our daily schedule. Each travel day is approximately 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
* All riders are encouraged to pack a sleeping bag, small pillow & air mattress if possible.
At each ‘Overnight’ location we try to partner with a local Boys & Girls Club to use their facilities for showers. These facilities are typically available to us for a two to three hour window each evening. If there isn’t a Boys & Girls Club available, we make an attempt to also find a local fire station with shower facilities.
OVERNIGHT HOST CITIES
The 2019 Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride begins Sunday July 14th at the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant ( Valley River Center Shopping Mall ) in Eugene, Oregon. The Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30 am sharp. ( To assist with your planning, our overnight cities where the ride procession will be staying during this summers ride are listed below )
Sunday July 14 – Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA. Monday July 15 – Spokane, WA. Tuesday July 16 – Helena, MT. Wednesday July 17 – Billings, MT. Thursday July 18 – Bismarck, N.D. Friday July 19 – Fargo, N.D. Saturday July 20 – Minneapolis, MN. Sunday July 21 – Madison, WI. Monday July 22 – South Bend, IN. Tuesday July 23 – Wyandotte, MI Wednesday July 24 – Cleveland, OH. Thursday July 25 – Cleveland, OH. Friday July 26 – Buffalo, N.Y. Saturday July 27 – Albany, N.Y. Sunday July 28 – Providence, R.I. Monday July 29 – Stamford, CT. Tuesday July 30 – Wilmington, DE. Wednesday July 31 – Wilmington / Dover, DE. Thursday August 1 – Baltimore, MD. Friday August 2 – Arlington, VA. ( Pentagon City Sheraton Hotel ) * Special Rate Provided Saturday August 3 – Arlington, VA. ( Pentagon City Sheraton Hotel ) * Special Rate Provided Sunday August 4 – Arlington, VA. ( Pentagon City Sheraton Hotel ) * Special Rate Provided
RIDE LEGS, REST / FUEL STOPS & SPECIAL VISITS
Each day the ride procession will travel approximately 200 – 250 miles to allow time in our daily schedule to make at least ( Three ) Fallen Soldier Home Visits. There are scheduled and frequent rest and fuel stops every 65 – 75 miles to allow ample rest time and the opportunity for motorcycles with smaller fuel tanks to fuel up.
* NOTE; Each rider is responsible to have their own bike fueled up and ready to travel each morning. In addition, each rider is responsible to fuel their own bikes when needed. We have a schedule to keep and will not make stops for bikes who might need fuel. In certain cases, riders can break away from the group during a Fallen Soldier Home Visit to fuel up.
We encourage all riders to stock up each day with water & snacks. Although there are no scheduled lunch and dinner stops, we are provided a significant amount of food during each travel day from generous families and partners who choose to assist us.
While we encourage our riders to enjoy this incredible cross country journey, we can’t emphasize enough how important it is to get your rest each and every night. The days can be long and emotional so it’s important to take care of your body mentally and physically during this ride.
MILITARY APPRECIATION KICKOFF DINNER
Each summer prior to the rides departure from Eugene, Oregon, Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest holds our annual Military Appreciation Kickoff Dinner to thank and acknowledge our veterans and those men and women currently serving in the armed services.
On Friday July 12, 2019 we’ll hold our Military Appreciation Kickoff Dinner at the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant at Valley River Center Shopping Mall in Eugene between the hours of 4:00 – 10:00 pm. All veterans and active duty personnel who join us for dinner will be provided a 20% discount on their meal. In addition there will be raffles for motorcycle gear and other items along with ‘live’ music in the outside parking lot provided by the band ‘Code Red’. ( Music begins at 6:00 pm )
DATE: Friday July 12 LOCATION: Texas Roadhouse Restaurant ( Valley River Center Shopping Mall – Eugene, OR. ) TIME: 4:00 pm – 10:00 PM LIVE MUSIC; ‘Code Red’ will perform from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the stage in the outside parking lot.
On Sunday July 14th and prior to the rides departure, the ‘Opening Ceremony’ for the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride will be held in the outside parking lot of the Texas Roadhouse Restaurant at the Valley River Center Shopping Mall in Eugene. The ‘Opening Ceremony’ will begin at 8:30 am and includes the official Lighting of the Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame, as well as appearances by VIP’s and Special Guests. Our chosen Gold Star family will light the Memorial Flame to signify the beginning of the ride. The Memorial Flame will remain lit across the country for the entire 22 days to represent the spirit and life of the fallen soldier. Complimentary coffee, pastries and other snacks will be available for all riders prior to the ‘Opening Ceremony.’
WHAT; Opening Ceremony – Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride DATE; Sunday July 14, 2019 LOCATION; Texas Roadhouse Restaurant ( Outside Parking Lot ) Valley River Center Shopping Mall – Eugene, OR. TIME; 8:30 am RIDE DEPARTURE; 9:30 am ( From same location )
* NOTE; All riders can begin arriving and lining up at 7:00 am. There will be a designated location in the Valley River Center Mall parking lot for all bikes to line up. The ride procession will depart promptly at 9:30 am and will be escorted by local law enforcement in a parade formation through downtown Eugene.
On Sunday August 4th our escorted 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 service members. The ceremony will officially come to a close when Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest is allowed to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The wreath laying ceremony begins at 3:15 pm.
The escorted ride will begin at the Pentagon City Sheraton Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. All riders wishing to participate and attend should stage at this location. ( Staging information is shown below )
WHAT; Closing Ceremony – Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride DATE; Sunday August 4, 2019 STAGING LOCATION; Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel – 900 So. Orme St. – Arlington, VA. STAGING TIME; 9:30 am KICKSTANDS UP; 10:00 am CLOSING CEREMONY LOCATION; Arlington National Cemetery – Washington D.C.
NOTE: There will be ( Two ) Fallen Soldier Visits inside of Arlington National Cemetery in Section 60 prior to the Closing Ceremony. The Closing Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 2:00 pm. The wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is scheduled for 3:15 pm.
All participating riders are free to choose their own overnight accommodations anywhere along the ride route. ( Hotel, Motel or Camping )
All participating riders are responsible for their own fuel.
All riders are invited to enjoy our complimentary pot luck dinner each night as well as breakfast each morning.
All riders are encouraged to travel with sunscreen, water, snacks and a sleeping bag.
The ride procession always travels in a staggered formation and is frequently escorted by law enforcement. There will always be a tail gunner trailing the ride in case of breakdowns or emergency’s.
Each morning prior to the rides departure there will always be a ‘Ride Briefing’ to go over the details of that days schedule. All riders are expected to attend this briefing. The Ride Brief always begins at 8:00 am.
For those riders who travel with a CB radio, our ride procession communicates on Channel 4. Riders are free to listen at any time.