Friday, May 12, 2006

Day #29 Annapolis, MD to Washington, DC

Pat Montuore addresses all riders at the Memorial

Today we completed the final leg of our ride. It seems so long ago, 28 days, when we left Los Angeles for the ride to the Memorial. 3600 miles later, 45 of them today, and at last we arrived in Washington DC. Our route today took us through rolling hills and farm lands before entering our Nations Capital. The motor support was fantastic and our good friends from Oklahoma, Lt Steve Howell and his boys rolled in and helped out during the last 20 miles. We all went to the FDR Monument where we met with the Virginia Chapter. At 1:45 pm we, 750 strong, headed to the Police Memorial. With our families, friends, supporters and many others waiting we rolled in to their cheers! It was very moving and inspiring to see.
At the arrival ceremony Pat Montuore and Harry Phillips spoke about the accomplishments of the Unity Tour. Craig White presented Craig Floyd with the Engraved Memorial Baton that we carried across the USA. Floyd then gave a moving and rousing speech about all the Great things that the Unity Tour has been able to do in the past 10 years. A $1,000,000 check was presented to the Memorial by Pat Montuore.

Today marks the end of our journey, a journey of Honor, remembering all of our Brother and Sister Officers as we rode across the USA. We could not have made this journey a success without all 12 of us working together as a "Team" in Unity. We also would never have been able to complete this journey without all the support we received from individuals, businesses, fellow Officers and our Families. On behalf of all the 12 members of the Cross Country "Team" we Thank you from the bottom of our hearts...


$5,000,000 pledge

Craig Floyd speaks about Unity Tour accomplishments after being presented with the Engraved Memorial Baton carried across the USA by bicycle

Memorial Flag

Rob and Pat look back as we ride through the streets of DC

Crowd at the Memorial

Hiroshi at a break along the route..

Kevin and Dennis celebrate the arrival at the Memorial

Shane getting ready to move on the DC

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS ON ACCOMPLISHING ALL YOUR GOALS IT HAS BEEN A HONOR TO FOLLOW YOU ON YOUR MEMORABLE JOURNEY, SHANE'S MOM, EMMY

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck guys! I wish I was there. Sorry I took so long to congratulate you on a job well done! For me and everybody else I speak to there are no words that can express our deepest thank you and gratitude. I myself can't express to all of you my heartfelt thanks and support for all your time and energy that you have undertaken these past few weeks. "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to have died in vain". To my good friend Rob, sorry I can't be in Washington, father's illness has worsened but my deepest support is always with you. Great job guys!!

Stu

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We wish we could be there in person to show you our support!! We love and miss you. What an unbelievable amount of time, commitment, and energyall of you have given to an amazing cause. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
P, J, B, and Slate

11:23 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Congratulations!!!!
Job well done.
Michelle

5:15 PM  
Anonymous The Lee Family said...

To all of you, CONGRATULATIONS! Nancy and Bruce, fantastic. It must be tough to come home after all of that but we can't wait to see you!

Hurry back and be safe!

The Lee Family

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Rochelle & Harold said...

Congratulations on a ride well done. We knew that you would be sucessful.
With Love, The Minden Family

6:00 PM  
Anonymous Daryl said...

Congratulations to all of you on completing such an arduous trip across the country. You are truly couageous, dedicated, energetic, loving guys. To Nancy & Bruce, we look forward to seeing you arrive home safely. To you now, our little ride out to Lake Sherwood or the Cool Breeze Century will seem like a stroll to retrieve the newspaper. Love, Daryl & George

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done to all the team from LAPD. It was a great experience just following your day to day travels across our country. Pat, can't wait to hear the details of your ride. All the gang at Beanscene Espresso chipped in and bought you a months worth of oat bars. See you soon.
Beanscene Espresso

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all 12 of you for reaching your goal. It was an honor for me to join you for the last 300 miles or so of your journey. Craig, it was great to see and talk with you again. I passed on your good wishes along to my wife, Sue. Shane and Kevin, it was nice to meet and ride along with you. Thanks for the many laughs along the way. I hope that you all arrived back home safely. May God bless you and keep you all safe upon your return to "the job."
-Patrick Christel
Harding Twp. NJ

2:27 PM  
Anonymous Fred said...

I just want to thank my eleven teamates for an incredible experience..All of you made the trip a memory I will not forget. Thanks again to all of you.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to post everyday. It was a pleasure to ride with all of you, even FFF !!.I'm just wondering how Tony is going to fit us all at his wedding.
Be Safe
The Iguana

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To my California Brothers and Sisters, congratulations on a job well done. I enjoyed following your journey cross country and was happy to greet all of you in Florham Park. One of the downsides to being on the motor is not getting to chat with the riders like those early tours when I still rode a bicycle. To those I got to chat with and renew friendships I thank you and to those I missed, I apologize.

You are all a great bunch and I look forward to seeing all of you next year.

Richie Schultz

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a human pyramid photo in front of the White House?
cpdsgt

5:26 AM  
Blogger mxracer8872 said...

Thanks to all the supporters and family members that followed our cross-country journey. This journey would not have been successful without your help and understanding. To my eleven other cross country team members: Thank you for making this experience a "ride of a lifetime." It was a truly incredible time!
Ptl. Robert Stober, Branchburg PD (NJ)

11:03 PM  
Blogger 瘋狂的 said...

朝著既定的目標走,就不會迷失。..............................

3:51 AM  

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