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Bikers to participate in Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride

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Sept. 18, 2021, is the date of the 12th annual Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride from Fort Worth to Terrell that honors those who paid the ultimate price for democracy. Motorcyclists will arrive at the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum located at 119 Silent Wings Boulevard for a brief stop at 10:30 a.m.

Flying large flags from the nine countries who host similar events, the Texas riders will parade through downtown Terrell to Oakland Memorial Cemetery for a remembrance ceremony. The group will pay tribute to the 20 British Royal Air Force cadets who were killed during training accidents at the Terrell flight school during World War II. The bikers return to the museum for refreshments after the ceremony.

“One ride, worldwide: united in remembrance of our fallen heroes” is the mission of the riders. Held at different times in each country, often in connection with special days honoring veterans, motorcycle riders visit a local cemetery where members of the military are buried

“It is an honor for us to host the Allied Riders who come to the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum (https://www.BFTSMuseum.org),” explained Patrick Hotard, executive director of the museum in Terrell.

“Many of the riders, like their organizer George ‘Tank’ Sherman, are veterans themselves or members of law enforcement agencies. We are always honored to have veterans visit the museum.”

About the ride

Two Brits and an American who shared membership in the Royal British Legion (Riders Branch), a UK charity that safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of those who are serving or who have served in the Armed Forces, organized the Allied Memorial Remembrance Ride in 2009 to honor fallen heroes.

The American, George S. Sherman, a 27-year Air Force veteran and Fort Worth resident, belonged to the Royal British Legion in honor of his grandfather who served in the British Army in World War II and his father, a veteran of Vietnam and member of the American Legion.

In America, the event has been coordinated by members of the American Legion Riders and Allied Riders, a new group of veterans and those who support veterans groups.