Bikers will hit the road this weekend for the first Beirut Memorial Ride, honoring the 241 American service members who died in the fateful U.S. embassy bombing in 1983.
The memorial ride, now scheduled for Nov. 12 after Hurricane Matthew postponed it from the original Oct. 8 date, is organized by Strength & Honor Motorcycle Club and all proceeds will benefit the Corpsmen Memorial Foundation to build a Corpsmen Memorial at Lejeune Memorial Gardens.
“A lot of people in the area don’t really remember the Beirut bombings anymore. As an active duty Marine myself, I didn’t really know much about it and I know most of my junior Marines don’t either,” Staff Sgt. Bob Gohsler said. “This ride is an educational tool to remember the 241 people that were killed. Everyone was starting to forget about it and we can’t let that happen as an organization.”
The ride will begin at New River Harley Davidson and end at the Beirut Memorial in Lejeune Memorial Gardens where a short ceremony will be held. Registration for the ride will begin at 9 a.m. at the New River Harley Davidson, and the ride will commence at 11:30 a.m.
“There will be a small ceremony at the memorial itself after the ride. We’re going to have a Navy burial detail from Camp Lejeune. They’ll present the colors in a ceremony that will last about 20 minutes to half an hour,” Gohsler said. “After the end of ceremony there will be a small get-together at Lejeune Motorsports.”
There is a $15 registration fee per bike and rider and an additional $5 fee per extra rider.
Pre-registration is available at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Memorial ride T-shirts will be given to the first 100 bikers who register.
For more information on Strength & Honor Motorcycle Club, visit shmcva.com or find their local chapter on the SHMC North Carolina Facebook page.
For more information, call 910-459-2854.