BOSTON (WWLP) - It took them a just a little more than 10 hours to go more than 100 miles from Springfield to Boston; hundreds of law enforcement officers made the trip across the state by bicycle in the first-ever Ride to Remember.
People on the streets cheered and police sirens wailed as the riders reached the State House. The destination of the ride is part of the reason for the ride in the first place; the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial.
The Boston monument is dedicated to the memory of all those who gave their lives in the line of duty, protecting the communities of Massachusetts. Two of the names that have been added to the monument were Officer Kevin Ambrose of Springfield and Officer Jose Torres of Westfield, both of whom died last year.
To raise funds for the memorial, and to honor the memory of the two fallen officers, riders left from Boland Way in Springfield at 7:00 Saturday morning. Making stops in Palmer, Sturbridge, Charlton, Grafton, Ashland, and Newton, they climbed massive hill after massive hill until they reached the State House around 5:15 P.M.
Following their arrival at the State House, a special ceremony is being held in. You can watch the ceremony in its entirety here on WWLP.com.