Ride for the Fallen is an event built upon its founders' infinite love for SPC Justin Rollins.
"Justin A. Rollins Memorial Scholarship Fund"
This year the 2013 Ride for the Fallen is dedicated to Gary Champney and Aaron Robar
On behalf of the Rollins Ride, we pay tribute and honor those who gave their lives while leading our tribute motorcycle run: Gary Champney and Aaron Robar. You, too, will never be forgotten. To all of those injured and affected by the accident that took place on Saturday, August 25, 2012 our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Purpose: to ensure the safe, orderly crossing of an intersection by an undisclosed number of motorcycles. By definition they are the most experienced of riders; their sole mission: to protect the pack.
The sky was bright; the breeze refreshing. The flag – red, white, and blue – whipped and rippled in the wind. The motorcycles trickled in, lining up, preparing for the run. A ride to commemorate a fallen hero, a boy they’d called their own. And while all were there to honor and remember, it was the group at the front – the road guards, all like brothers – who, in their years of experience were there to lead, to guide to safety. We ride.
The engines started, they roared like thunder. All revved with pride.
Pulling out of the parking lot, the town rolled by; some waved, some cried. Today, we ride; today, we remember. But today would be like no other.
The mountains rose up all around; the trees were green, the ground we pound. We ride as one, we ride together.
And then, without warning, our road guards – our guardians, our angels – swept out from under their bikes.
What was he thinking? Where was he going?
Around the bend, we screech to a halt. Horsepower colliding with horsepower. Life coming to a stop.
Smoke billowed, rising to the heavens – signaling the tragic, the unimaginable.
Why you? Why now? Why today? How?
Some take a knee; some just fall. Heads bow, eyes down.
Now we’re left with remembering those who laid down their lives as we remembered – a fallen soldier – no answers, just increasing numbers.