Sunday, 11 October 2009

5,000 motorcyclists Ride To The Wall

For the second year motorcyclists from across the UK converged on the National Arboretum yesterday to pay their respects to the servicemen and women who have been killed in the service of their country.

5,000 bikers made the Ride To The Wall 2 this year not only to honour the dead but also to raise funds for the maintenance of the memorial - organisers hope to exceed last year's total of £10,300.

Dozens of veterans with military medals pinned on to their riding leathers and a major general in uniform were among those at a service of remembrance.

The UK event is similar to the annual 'Rolling Thunder Ride For Freedom' motorcycle rally which takes place over the US Memorial Day weekend in Washington DC. This year as many as half a million veterans and bikers rolled down Pennsylvania Avenue in tribute to US war heroes.

In only its second year the number of bikers who took part in the UK event this year far exceeded the expectations of the organisers.

Well done, Bikers of Britain!

BBC: Bikers pay respects to the fallen
Ride To The Wall