BATESVILLE – The ninth annual Ride to Remember honoring 16 fallen marines and soldiers with ties to Southeast Indiana is today and Sunday.

Starting in Batesville, it is making stops in Sunman, Aurora, Bennington, Madison, Scottsville, Clarksville, New Albany, Bartlettsville, Brownstown, Vernon, and Versailles, with an overnight stay and celebration with Gold Star families in Clarksville.

At each of the 13 stops there will be a 25-minute service honoring one or more of the 16 fallen.

Those to be honored are and the location of the service:

Army SGT Chad L. Keith, Liberty Park, Batesville

Army SGT James D. Faulkner, Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany

Army SGT Matthew L. Deckard, New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany

Army SGT Steven Mennemeyer, New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany

Army PFC Anthony P. Seig, Sunman

Army SSGT Robert J. Montgomery, Scottsburg Cemetery, Scottsburg

Army SGT Kenneth "KR" Booker, Slawson Cemetery, Bennington

Army NG SPC Jonathan D. Menke, Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Madison

Army NG SPC Carlos E. Wilcox IV, New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany

Marine CPL Dustin L. Turpen, Bartlettsville Christian Church, Bartlettsville

Army SGT Jonathan K. Peney, New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany

Marine CPL John C. Bishop, Cliff Hill Cemetery, Versailles

Army SPC Zachary S. Salmon, Riverview Cemetery, Aurora

Marine LCPL Hunter "HD" Hogan, Jackson County Courthouse, Brownstown

Marine CPL Jordan L. Spears, American Legion Post 204, Sellersburg

Marine LCPL Jacky Koenig, Jr., Vernon Cemetery, Vernon

Begun in 2009, the purpose of the ride is to uphold the promise made to the Gold Star families to never forget the sacrifice of their loved one.

According to co-founder Tim Kieffer, “As we are reminded on Memorial Day, freedom isn’t free, and this is our small way of remembering the sacrifice made for our freedom. The sacrifice of a few hours over the weekend is the least we could do to show the Gold Star families their loved on is not forgotten.”

For a view of what is involved in the ride and each service, a video from the 8th Annual Ride to Remember can be found at https://vimeo.com/320853396.

While organized by members of the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders, this event is open to everyone. Participants can meet the group at the service site or join the ride for as many stops as they can fit into their schedule.

It is open to both motorcycles and automobiles.

There is no cost for the ride, the only request is to show honor and respect for the sacrifice that has been made.

The event is held rain or shine.

Further information and specific times, ride updates, and locations for each service can be found on the Ride to Remember Indiana SE Region Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/637896679944368/?ti=icl

For more information contact Tim Kieffer at 812-212-1297 or email tkief@yahoo.com.

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