TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)- Many veterans and their families gathered at the Topeka VA hospital this Memorial Weekend to honor fallen heroes for the annual Ride 4 the Fallen event.
This event is now world wide for the first time. Founder of the Military Veteran Project Melissa Jarboe says rides on Saturday were also in Okinawa, Japan, and Landstuhl, Germany.
With pictures in hand, Ride 4 Fallen participants honored fallen heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Saturday, one by one, they read off more than 70 names of who they were riding in honor of.
Jarboe started the third annual event. Her husband, Sgt. Jamie Jarboe died of injuries he suffered at the hands of a sniper in Afghanistan.
"You know, for me as a widow, it feels great to know that the women and men who fought with them and also died will never be forgotten," she says.
"The true meaning is to remember those that paid the ultimate price and that is giving up their lives and protecting our freedoms," says Denise Farmer, mother and wife to veterans.
Once motorcyclists got over to the Topeka Cemetery, they then received a penny.
"And that penny is going to be placed on the grave-site and so they know that they are not forgotten," says Jarboe, "it's a great feeling of America and unity. United we Stand, Divided we fall
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