Ride to the Wall 7

24 September 2014

Saturday 4 October will see the seventh annual Ride to the Wall motorcycle event take place, with many thousands of motorcyclists from around the country making a pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Ride to the Wall is the only event of its kind in the country that gives motorcyclists the opportunity to show their support for the Armed Forces with a dedicated service of Remembrance. It also raises considerable funds for the National Memorial Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities and provides a permanent home to the striking Armed Forces Memorial.

Riders will attend from all corners of the UK as well as continental Europe, either as individuals or in groups and chapters from particular organisations, such as regional Harley Owners Groups, The Royal British Legion Riders Branch and a large number of other owners groups and motorcycle clubs.

This year Thierry Tasset will be leading a group of 81 Belgian motorcyclists taking part in the ‘Great Ride’ – travelling from the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, to the UK where they will join Ride to the Wall. 

Thierry first took part in Ride to the Wall in October 2009, where he met John Foster, father of Robert Foster who was killed in Afghanistan at just 19 years of age. After that first short conversation Thierry was so moved by John’s tragic story that he promised he would return the following year. He did so, remembering the words of his own grandfather, who, after the battle of Eben-Emael during WW2, escaped to the UK and was one of the very first 5th SAS commandos. He had often said to Thierry: "When I die, don't forget to remember my Belgian and UK friends."

Thierry is pleased and proud to have organised the Great Ride this year and will be paying his respects, alongside his fellow compatriots, to all who have served and sacrificed.

From 08.30am on 4 October motorcyclists will leave one of the 11 designated start points to ride to the Arboretum. Later, the Military Wives Choir will perform on the steps of the Armed Forces Memorial and a Tiger Moth biplane will drop poppies along the causeway to the Memorial prior to the start of a service of Remembrance at its base. The walls of the Armed Forces Memorial are engraved with the names of more than 16,000 Service men and women killed on duty or by terrorist action since the end of the Second World War.

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