Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ride for Remembrance

Remembering the fallen.

Saturday, June 13, was brimming with the sounds of motorcycle engines as hundreds of people rode into Jefferson City in remembrance of fallen MoDOT workers. The choppers, cruisers and even some classic cars carried riders who were themselves MoDOT employees or who had some connection to a MoDOT worker, killed in the line of duty. MoDOT has lost 128 employees since 1945.

I’ve never been on a bike with an engine, but watching the motorcycles enter the parking lot one after another stirred a sense of pride in an organization whose employees are doing their best to make traveling Missouri better and safer than it has ever been.

The spirit of comraderie at the memorial rally was nurtured with food, games, vendors and fun for young and old. The proceeds go to the MoDOT Fallen Workers Memorial which we hope to have built near the Capitol soon. If you’d like to make a donation please go to


Ashley said...

I agree. I think June 13, 2009 will hold a special place in MoDOT history. We had a great turn out of bikes and even a couple of cars. I am honored to have been a part of the 1st Annual Ride for Remembrance, and I am already looking forward to next year!! It is so important we do not forget those who have given the ultimate sacrifice - they will never be forgotten.
Thank you for your service.

deannavenker said...

It was awesome to see this group come together from across the state doing what we love on such a great day. Can't wait for next year!

Donna said...

It was a great day to attend and the response was wonderful. I am looking forward to working with the RFR TEAM again on the 2010 ride. I think the balloon release was the special moment for me, along with the wonderful words from Lester Woods during the ceremony. It brought tears to many eyes.

Anonymous said...

We agree. We loved seeing all the riders from different areas of the state come into Jeff City, knowing these are a few of our men and women putting their lives on the line daily. Like Ashley said: Thank you for your service.
When the names of each of The Fallen Workers were announced, It was like the world stood still. We cried our eyes out when the balloons were released!
We loved it! Thank You!