Tuesday, May 12, 2009
As I ascended the escalators of the Judiciary Square Metro Station in Washington DC I was greeted by clear blue skies, sun and many blue and light blue colored decorations around the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Site. The beautiful bronze lions and cubs greeted me at the entrance to the walls which bear the names of the fallen heroes of Law Enforcement. Their names etched in stone, in memorium.
Heroes live forever in our hearts
Around 3pm sirens could be heard as the men and women of the Police Unit Tour (PUT)arrived at the NLEOM. A thousand women and men rode 250 to 300 miles from various spots in our nation on behalf of fallen officers. Each PUT rider needed $1500 in sponsorship to participate. The participants raised over 1.3 million.
The faces of these men and women as they completed their rides and rode their motors and bikes through the crowd and through the names in the memorial were priceless. The crowd cheered them as they came through. We gave them heroes' welcomes. Cheering and clapping and announcing words of encouragement. It takes a very strong and determine person to complete the PUT. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. They are from good stock and definitely make their agency and the country proud of indeed.
It was my honor to see these women and men arrive. Many people miss this event during police week with so many activities scheduled. This is a "must see". It is very rewarding and worth attending.
The PUT motto is "We ride for those who died"