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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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