BOSTON (WWLP) - After the peddling was over, the riders of the Ride to Remember joined state dignitaries and law enforcement from across the state for a ceremony to honor all the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
The ceremony was held behind the State House in Boston.
It began with a moment of silence for the victim's of the Washington Navy Yard shooting.
After remarks from Attorney General Martha Coakley and State House speaker Robert Deleo, the names of every fallen officer from every police department across the state was read aloud.
This year, 4 names were added to the fallen officers memorial.
Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose, Westfield Police Officer Jose Torres, Norfolk County Deputy Sheriff Ryan Tvelia and Worcester Police Officer Peter Kneeland.
"Today at about 6:30AM in Springfield, almost 250 riders left and rode to Boston to demonstrate support for lost heroes. Peddling with them through city after city was the spirit of all those killed in the line of duty. The sight of those cyclists is a reminder to the neighborhoods they entered that these men and women who are no longer with us are in our memories and that we will support their families and friends and that they will always be heroes. I thank those riders for what you did today. I know how tough it is to get on your bike and do that, and we really appreciate it. From this foundation and all the survivors, thank you all for what you've done," said Officer Cecil Jones, President of the Law Enforcement Memorial Board.
After the reading of the names, TAPS was played, a prayer was offered and officers marched out to bagpipes.