Ride to Remember planning stop at county courthouse

Event honors memory of fallen heroes, families during recent wars, conflicts

The seventh annual Ride to Remember, honoring 16 fallen heroes and their families who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, will be Saturday and Sunday.

The ride includes a stop at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the Jackson County Courthouse, 111 S. Main St., Brownstown, to remember Marine Lance Cpl. Hunter “H.D.” Hogan of Norman for his sacrifice.

Hogan was killed in action June 23, 2012, while serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

A new stop was added this year in Vernon to remember Marine Lance Cpl. Jacky Koenig Jr. of North Vernon, who died April 7 of this year. The 20-year-old, who is buried in Vernon Cemetery at 315 S. Pike St., will be remembered at 4 p.m. Sunday.

The ride, organized by the Indiana Patriot Guard, will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday in Batesville and end at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Versailles. Participants do not have to ride a motorcycle, as four-wheel vehicles are welcome.

The route is 300-plus miles, with law enforcement support where available. Other stops to remember the servicemen from southern Indiana who lost their lives include Sunman, Aurora, Bennington, Madison, Scottsburg and Sellersburg on Saturday; and Clarksville, New Albany, Bartlettsville, Vernon and Versailles on Sunday.

Each stop includes a presentation of flags and portrait, reading of the fallen hero’s biography, placement of a memorial plaque, a poem recital, prayer for the family and the fallen, placement of a rose, a three-volley gun salute and playing of taps.

Information: 812-212-1297 or tkief@yahoo.com