Hundreds of police officers from around New Jersey gathered Friday morning in Millville as they set to leave on a bicycle tour to our nations capital.
250 officers from 50 different departments across the garden state are making one trip, for many fallen heroes.
"My father was killed in the line of duty June 12th, 1994 so it hits close to home," Winslow Township Officer Dan Calabrese said.
For everyone, the reason is different, but the purpose of the Police Unity Bike tour to Washington D.C. is personal for every rider.
"It always hits closer to come when its one of your own. A guy that you hung out with, spent time with or just in passing in the department. He had your back and now that guy is no longer,' Millville Officer Emmanuel Morales said.
Officer Morales is riding for his friend and former co–worker, Millville Officer Christopher Reeves.
The 190–mile tour started in Millville because this is where Millville officer Christopher Reeves was killed in the line of duty last year. Each rider threw a carnation in his memory Friday as they rode by the location of his accident.
"Its hard it hasn't gotten any easier yet. I think this is a wonderful thing to do not only for Christopher but for all the officers that have lost their lives across the country," Reeves' mother Kathi Reeves said.
Officers travel 190 miles over the next three days, stopping in Lewes Delaware then to Annapolis before they end at the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.
"We want to make sure that their memory is never erased. We want to make sure that their names are forever etched in stone at the national law enforcement memorial in Washington D.C. And that their memory lives on," event organizer Dennis Felsing said.
On Sunday, 2500 officers will ride their bikes into the nations capital, honoring the journey of their fallen brothers and sisters, and taking a ride they will never forget.
Millville Officer Christopher Reeves will have his name officially unveiled on the National Law Enforcement Memorial this week in front of former co-workers and his family.