Sugar Land’s 5th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ride on May 18 will end this year with a Parade of Chrome at Constellation Field for “First Responders Night.”
The memorial ride continues a local tradition of honoring men and women who routinely place themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve. Each of the past three years, the community has joined police officers for a motorcycle procession that honors National Police Week.
This year’s event is being organized by the Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Republic Harley Davidson and the Sugar Land Skeeters.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world plan events honoring those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice, including former SLPD Sgt. Ron Slocket who died in the line of duty on the night of July 4, 1987.
“It’s important that we all remember and honor the memories of our law enforcement family,” said Police Chief Doug Brinkley. “That’s what we’ll be doing on May 18 – making sure their contributions are never forgotten and recognizing the hard work and sacrifice of those who serve on a daily basis.”
Sugar Land’s event on May 18 begins with ride registration at Republic Harley Davidson, 12707 Southwest Freeway, from 2-4 p.m. The ride is $35 for a single rider or $45 for doubles, and the cost includes a ticket to the game.
Fort Bend County’s armored response and rescue vehicle will be on public display during registration. Known simply as the Bearcat, the Fort Bend Regional SWAT Team utilizes the vehicle for deployments throughout the county.
Following a “Blessing of the Bikes” by SLPD’s chaplain, the Bearcat will join a procession of police and civilian riders as they embark for Constellation Field at 4:05 p.m. The Parade of Chrome at the stadium is scheduled for 5:15 p.m., with the game set to follow at 6:05 p.m.
Other festivities at the stadium will include a presentation of the colors by Sugar Land’s police honor guard and a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace by Sugar Land Fire Lt. Robert Rogers. The tradition of playing bagpipes for fallen police and firefighters is a time-honored tradition of more than 150 years.
Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $250 to $1,000 will be available for the event to benefit CPAAA’s ongoing fund-raising efforts to benefit SLPD’s crime prevention activities. The group’s goal this year is to raise $10,000.
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