WSMBA Southern Chapter joined thousands of other bikers when it made its annual pilgrimage to the National Memorial Arboretum in support of Ride To The Wall on the 7th October. With ten Widows Sons and two Cornerstones attending from the Chapter, it showed how important this event is in our calendar. This was a special year, as RTTW celebrated its tenth year.
We joined representatives from other Widows Sons Chapters from around the UK and Ireland, and we Gathered at the Masonic Memorial Garden at 13:00 to complete our traditional Circle of Friendship. This year, with numbers growing, we had to form two Circles to be able to enable all Widows Sons and other Freemasons to participate.
This is a humbling event, from the ride in and being greeted by David ‘Blu’ Andrew, who salutes every rider as they arrive. To the sea of different bikes showing the scale of what has been achieved over the last ten years. To the thousands of people who stand and take in the memorial service at the Wall. During the Service, there were several around me who were moved to a tear or two, but there was also some light humour, and it was the first time that I have heard a round of applause halfway through a prayer; but I guess the phrase, ‘and save us from dim-witted drivers’, would always spark that response from a large group of motorcyclists.
Next years event will take place on the 6th October, 2018. Please keep that date clear, and support this incredible event.