1st DEDICATION JULY 23,1993
HISTORY OF THE MOTORCYCLIST MEMORIAL
In 1992 a "few" dedicated bikers conceived the idea of the MOTORCYCLIST MEMORIAL dedicated to Brothers and Sisters lost.This dream slowly grew into reality with the formation of THE MOTORCYCLIST MEMORIAL FOUNDATION . In the beginning the major task was to raise the money to have the Memorial built. Through many fund raisers, poker runs, dances, selling T-shirts and help from several taverns (that sold silhouettes of motorcycles that hung on walls of their bars) and the members of Abate of Ohio Region One,Hopedale American Legion Post 682, and numerous friends. The money was raised in a very short time.
Milligan Memorials of Coshocton Ohio was awarded the job of doing the etching and ordering the Black Stone that stands so majestically on top of the grassy knoll. The Monument is made of Indian Black Stone which is the darkest of all marbles. The beautiful and touching words inscribed on the back side of the Stone was written by Dan Waterfield of Oregon Ohio, which truly expresses one's feelings. It is hard not to shed a tear when you read this beautiful tribute. Anne Milligan etched the image of the man and woman riding their motorcycles on the winding road with an Eagle flying with them. Tim Milligan installed and etched the names of the loved ones lost on the gray pillars and does to this day.
On July 23, 1993 the MOTORCYCLIST MEMORIAL was unveiled to the public. Every year during MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND we re-dedicate the WALL in loving memory of our Brothers and Sisters lost.Sadly enough, every year more names are added to the granite pillars that flank each side of the MONUMENT . The MOTORCYCLIST MEMORIAL holds names of brothers and sisters from across this great country and around the world.
Every year since the first Dedication, College Scholarships are awarded to senior high school students that are furthering their education. First place $1000, second $750, and third $500 scholarships are given to the winners of our essay interpretations .We have recently added a $500 Art Scholarship. Scholarship entries are open to senior students from High Schools in 10 counties to date. The winners are asked to read their essay and display their artwork at the yearly MEMORIAL WEEKEND RE-DEDICATION CEREMONY.
Expansion of the MEMORIAL has taken place over the years, including more granite pillars and a motorcycle that is made from the same black granite as the Motherstone. Every stone touches with no separation. Paul Jones of Jewett Ohio came up with the concept for THE WALKWAY OF MEMORIES, which is the brick sidewalk that surrounds the MEMORIAL.
In the true spirit of Brotherhood and Sisterhood the MOTORCYCLIST MEMORIAL has always been and will always be cared for year round by the Motorcyclist Memorial Board Members and will remain pure to keep alive the names and memories of those brothers and sisters that have gone before us.
Please plan to visit this Sacred and Hallowed site. Take a moment to reflect and remember those that we have lost.
MAY THEY RIDE IN PEACE