Ride for the Fallen returns to Chilliwack
Warning: that ear-piercing rumble and vibration expected to occur next week is not an earthquake. It's hundreds of motorcyclists paying respects to B.C. soldiers who have lost their lives.
On June 9, the third-annual Memorial Ride for the Fallen will once again end at the All Sappers Memorial Cenotaph on Keith Wilson Road.
The ride, organized by the 3rd Canadian Army Veterans (CAV) Ubique Unit, is a way of honouring and paying respect to B.C. soldiers who have lost their lives (eight to date) and to show their families that their children, their siblings, their nieces and nephews will never be forgotten.
Hundreds of riders from all over B.C. will gather in Vancouver and ride their bikes down Highway 1, a portion of which was renamed Highway of Heroes last year, all the way to the Lickman Road exit where they will then proceed to the All Sappers Memorial Park.
A memorial service will be held at the cenotaph to remember soldiers from B.C. who lost their lives fighting in Afghanistan. Eight silver cross families will be in attendance.
"We're hoping to raise $15,000 this year," said Sergeant-at-Arms Barry Drews.
All proceeds raised go to the Honour House Society.
The Honour House Society is a non-profit organization, located in New Westminster, that provides free, temporary accommodations for families of injured soldiers and first responders who are receiving care in the Metro Vancouver area.
It's a cause everyone should get behind, said Drews.
This ride is for the moms and dads, husbands and wives, and other family members who've lost loved ones serving the country.
The memorial ride is $20 per bike or vehicle.
It will start at Trev Deeley Motorcycles on Boundary Road in Vancouver at 11 a.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m.
Participants are expected to arrive in Chilliwack around 1 p.m. A memorial service will take place at 2:30 p.m.
A dinner and dance is also being held this year at Duke's Pub at 6 p.m.. Tickets are $10, available at the pub.
To pre-register, or to make pledges on behalf of a participant, visit the Honour House Society website at www.honourhouse.ca.