Motorcycle ride to support Fallen Officers Memorial

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you are on the I-295 beltway on Saturday expect to see scores of motorcycles on the road supporting a cause to build what is being called the Fallen Officers Memorial.

The memorial will be located near the entrance of the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena where there was already a ceremonial ground breaking. Now the challenge is raising more than $200,000 to seal the deal.

"Anybody can ride, come and support the great cause," said JSO Lt. Victor Pacheco who is involved in the Veteran Enforcers Motorcycle Association.

He's promoting the 2nd Annual Police Memorial Ride that will have riders gathering Saturday morning at 8:30 near the arena.. The cost to ride is $25 with passengers another $15.

On hand to support the cause is SSGT Tim Chambers who gained national attention as the "Saluting Marine." He will participate at a 911 Remembrance Ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Wall Saturday morning before the motorcycles take off. He then will stand in salute as the riders finish up on the Westside.

"I am really excited to be here. This is what more communities need to be doing," said Chambers who made the trip to Jacksonville from California.

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford will be leading the ride. Anyone interested in joining the ride can sign up and register Saturday morning.


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