ROCK SPRINGS — The 12th Annual Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride across the county to honor those who served and have fallen is coming to Rock Springs today.
Tribute members ride their motorcycles each summer to honor and pay tribute to America’s fallen service members. The 2021 ride started on July 10 in Eugene, Ore., and will end on August 8 at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.
This year, they will be honoring 75 fallen service members while traveling through 18 states, according to the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Northwest Facebook page. Today, the group is leaving Utah, arriving in Wyoming, and making their way to Rock Springs. The group will stay overnight before making their way to Casper on Wednesday, July 14.
The Ride Procession and Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame will arrive in Rock Springs around 4 p.m. today, July 13, and travel down Elk Street to the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Residents are encouraged to watch the procession as it makes its way down Elk Street. The tribute member will then stay overnight at the Eagles.
The Fallen Soldiers Memorial Flame will also make its way across the United States as part of the Tribute to Fallen Soldiers Memorial Torch Motorcycle Ride honoring 75 fallen service members while traveling through 18 different states.
The Memorial Flame is lit at the opening ceremony and will remain lit through the cross-country ride to signify the life and spirit of all fallen service members. The Memorial Flame, which represents every branch of the United States military and those who have served in every military conflict, is protected and guarded throughout the duration of the journey, according to the Tribute of Fallen Soldiers website.
During their ride, the procession makes scheduled stops at the homes of our fallen service members, the website states. These scheduled stops are referred to as ‘Fallen Soldier Home Visits.’
At each home visit, they present the surviving family members with a Memorial Plaque of Distinguished Service to graciously recognize the sacrifice of their fallen hero and to remind each of them their fallen service member hasn’t been forgotten, according to the website.
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