Montrose, Colo. — ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ is a photographic war memorial that honors those who lost their lives in the War on Terror. It is unlike other memorials; insofar, the massive pictorial display is designed to travel the United States. Since 2017, the memorial has visited almost every state, and for one week it will be at the Montrose Elks. This is the first time the memorial has ever been in Colorado, and to help it get to Montrose safely, the memorial was escorted by patriotic motorcyclists.
Early this morning the motorcyclists met at the Mesa County Fairgrounds for the moving of the memorial, but not only was the memorial moved today, everyone’s emotions were moved as well. As people gave speeches, there were tears followed by laughs followed by the revving of motorcycle engines.
Noala Fritz, a Gold Star Mother and “Remember Our Fallen’ memorial driver, spoke this morning. Fritz lost her son to the War in Iraq in 2007, and while she is deeply pained by her lost, Fritz is proud to drive the national memorial throughout the country.
At the Fairgrounds, Fritz met supportive motorcyclists and veterans. She says that it is days like today that are less about mourning the loss of her son and more about celebrating the lives of every hero. Her mindset was also shared by everyone there. Tanya Young, Memorial Day Riders, said, “I think it’s amazing, and I am glad to see everyone here.” And Dave Andrews, Christian Motorcycle Association, said, “A lot of guys didn’t make it. That’s no fault of their own, and this is our way to honor those who have fallen.”
These sentimental words and widespread support brought tears to Fritz, who could not express her gratitude enough for everyone there. She gave a heartbreaking, but also heartwarming, speech dedicated to the Patriot Guard Riders as well as every other motorcyclist there helping to escort the memorial to Montrose.
For several years, thousands of dollars have been given to the organization to create the ‘Remembering Our Fallen’ memorial, and today, it received another $400 from the Patriot Guard Riders to help expand the display.