1. Why Lawride?
If We Don’t Remember Them, Who Will? The LawRide motto, and it has been that way from the beginning. Law Enforcement professionals share a special bond, and just as SWAT, EOD and Water Rescue teams have a special and unique bond within their specialty, so do Motor Officers and others who enjoy riding motorcycles.
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund honors all the men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice. LawRide honors all officers and pays special recognition to those men and women who love motorcycles and beinga part of a motor unit. LawRide is proud to kick off Police Week each year by riding from RFK stadium to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. We ride to Remember those who came before us, and we hope you will too!
2. History & Organizers:
The first LawRide was organized by Gary Lyons, a Falls Church Police officer and motorcycle enthusiast! Gary and members of local law enforcement agencies and organizations, including local chapters of the Blue Knights International Motorcycle Club got together each year for a memorial ride to honor fallen law enforcement colleagues. In the early years 20—50 riders would show up and ride to the Memorial. As LawRide grew and more people got involved “Sly” Barnes suggested and organized a Wreath Laying at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Ever since motorcycle officers and others come to LawRide to honor our fallen heroes and celebrate National Police Week.
LawRide now enjoys participation from as many as 1,500 motorcycles each year and has been expanded to include all motorcycle riders who support and honor our law enforcement profession and those who have fallen in the line of duty. LawRide is now organized each year by a committee who plan the event, solicit donations and coordinate activities. The LawRide Committee is comprised of three dedicated volunteers: J.D. Perkins, Sly Barnes and Moses Kelly.
3. Who Can Ride?
The answer is easy, everyone who is a law abiding citizen and honors the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement profession is welcome to attend LawRide! Law enforcement motorcycle clubs, military motorcycle clubs, Harley Owners Group (HOG) chapters, social and civic motorcycle clubs, car clubs, truck clubs, antique cars and bicyclists are welcome come out and enjoy the event and pay tribute to America’s Law Enforcement Heroes!
4. LawRide Procession Assembly and Line Up?
Participants line up in the following order:
1) Metro DC Police motors lead the procession, and provide traffic control.
2) Other Uniformed Police Department Motor Officers on Department Motors.
3) Officers "in uniform" on privately owned motorcycles.
4) Law Enforcement Motorcycle Clubs
7) Washington, D.C.
8) Other Motorcycle Clubs
9) Car and Truck Clubs
10) Police Car and Antique Police Cars
11) Support Vehicles (Cars & trucks)
5. Starting Point and Destination:
Staging is at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.
Times between 7:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. (Kickstands UP at 10:30 a.m.)
Procession through downtown Washington, D.C.
Route takes us past the US Capitol to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial
Memorial Service with Wreath Laying to follow.
6. Why Mother's Day?
No Mom, we're not trying to ruin your special day. The 1st day of the National Police Week falls on Mother's Day.
There's just no better day for LawRide...so bring Mom along!!