Kelly Law Office - Fall Winter 2019

OFFICES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTH BEND

Dedicated to Country The 21st Annual Ride to Remember Honor Service

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very motorcycle rider knows how powerful we can be when we band together. We transformmovements and offer a community to those who need it most. This past September, I had the opportunity to ride in yet another show of dedication and honor for those who need it most. On Sept. 8, I represented Kelly LawOffice at the 21st Annual Ride to Remember in Elkhart, Indiana. For the past two decades, the ride has honored police officers, firefighters, first responders, servicemen and women, and all those who have fallen in the line of duty. The event also raises funds for charities within Elkhart County. This year’s beneficiary was the initiative to build tiny homes for those living in poverty and unable to afford traditional housing in Elkhart County. The event began at Hoosier Harley-Davidson, where 800 riders were escorted by local officers to Goshen, Indiana. Residents along the route were encouraged to show their support and stand along the edges as we rode by. Once we reached Goshen, we honored those who have served and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice with a very reverent memorial service. Those in attendance were moved by the playing of“Taps,” speeches by the mayor and other local dignitaries, a prayer, and a closing bagpipe solo. The event was capped with a return ride to Hoosier Harley-

Davidson. While we mingled and swapped road stories with other riders and were treated to live music, food, and vendors. Each year, this event leaves an impression on riders, spectators, and participants. A wise person once said,“We may not know them all, but we owe them all.”No truer words have ever been spoken about the selfless men and women who devote their careers and lives to protecting our country, our families, and the freedoms we enjoy every day. Their dedication shapes our lives and gives us the freedom to ride in their honor. A big thank-you to the organizers whomade 2019’s event possible. This includes the city of Elkhart, Hoosier Harley-Davidson, North End Cycle Shop, Elkhart Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 52, Blue Knights of Indiana VIII Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, and other event organizers. It was great to

see all the participants and vendors whomade it out this year, and I cannot wait to see what organizers have in store for 2020. (A special thank-you goes to Hoosier Harley Davidson for loaningme a Road King for the ride. Thanks for the thrill, guys!) And, of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t publicly thank all the police officers, firefighters, first responders, servicemen and women, and the families of those who have died in the line of duty. The dedication and sacrifice youmake every day is insurmountable, and we appreciate all you have done and continue to do for our country. –Steve Graef

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