“Are we there yet?” That’s what Fair Haven Police Cpl. John Waltz was likely chanting on Friday as he feverishly rode his bike on the last, probably sore, leg of his journey in the Police Unity Tour. Destination: the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Police officers from across the nation arrived in Washington D.C. at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on bicycles last week and Fair Haven Police Patrolmen John Waltz and Dwayne Reevey and former Chief Darryl Breckenridge were riding with them.
It was the culmination of the annual Police Unity Tour to benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Arriving on May 12 — after making the sponsored bicycle trek to D.C., each officer riding in honor of a fallen brother in blue — all gathered at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial for a candlelight vigil on May 13.
This year, $2,317,315 was raised to benefit the memorial fund, according to the website.
The memorial was dedicated in 1991 and has more than 20,000 names carved on it dating back to the late 1700s.
This year, Dedicated on October 15, 1991, the Memorial honors federal, state, and local law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety and protection of our nation and its people.
“We are not here because it is our duty. We are here because it is our honor,” NLEOMF President Craig Floyd said in a Facebook post.
— Elaine Van Develde
— Photos/courtesy of John Waltz, Ryan Reiff & Christina Reevey
Take a look at the photos above for a glimpse into the event.