Bike Riders Participate in 13th Annual "Ride to Remember"

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Bikers from all over West Texas gathered on Monday for the annual memorial ride. It began in Midland and they trekked across the Basin.

"You realize what your freedom took and how many people sacrificed their lives and loved ones just to have your freedom," Michael Bragg with the Lee High School ROTC, said.

Hundreds of bike riders and families of fallen heroes gathered at the Vietnam Memorial in Midland for the 13th annual Ride to Remember. During Monday's ceremony they got a chance to honor local heroes, with bagpipes, the taps, and a Native American ceremony. The ride started in Midland and ended at the memorial in Andrews.

"It kind of makes you feel good that so many people showed up and they're all here for the same reason, to remember," Rosalind Lewis, mother of a fallen soldier, said.

But even if Memorial Day is only once a year, to the families who have lost a loved one in the war, they know that it's Memorial Day everyday for them, no matter how long it has been.

"We remember him every day, every hour, every minute. There is not a moment that goes by that our family doesn't remember him and remember what he did for us," Lewis said.