By Lenny C. Lepola
The sound of several hundred motorcycles could be heard in Sunbury, Mt. Gilead and in between as it wound it’s way from Berkshire Township to Mt. Vernon.
The sound bore a message: remember Ohio’s heroes.
Several hundred motorcyclists gathered Aug. 9 at A.D. Farrow Harley Davidson in Berkshire Township to kick off the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial’s Memorial Ride, an annual motorcycle event benefiting the Sunbury-based memorial that recognizes the more than 280 Ohio service members killed in the line of duty since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The rider’s destination was the Chapel Hill Golf Course in Mount Vernon. Chapel Hill hosted a major fundraiser for the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial that weekend, and the bikers made a Silent Thunder ride through the golf course.
“Our mission is to make sure that Ohio’s heroes are never forgotten – not today and not 10 years from today,” said Brian Stewart, vice president of the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial. “To do that, we are blessed to have patriotic partners like Chapel Hill to assist us with fundraising, and we are very grateful to everyone that came out to show their support.”
The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial is a non-profit corporation founded in 2005 by several local veterans who had a vision to build a tribute to all of the men and women in uniform from Ohio that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the Global War on Terrorism since September 11, 2001.
The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial is located in Sunbury, and is recognized by Ohio House Resolution 30 as Ohio’s only Memorial honoring all Ohio military personnel killed in the global efforts against terrorist organizations.
The organization interacts with Gold Star families and works to educate Ohioans on the sacrifice and stories of the state’s fallen heroes. For more information, visit www.ohiofallenheroes.org.