EDISON, NJ - Hundreds of police officers took to their bicycles for the Annual Police Unity Tour last weekend, honoring their fallen comrades across the country.
The tour began May 9 in East Hanover, and officers rode their bicycles to Washington D.C., arriving May 13 for a special ceremony at the national memorial. Because so many participated, there were two separate sections of riders taking two different paths, and they all converged in D.C.
The unity tour is held the same week in May every year to coincide with Police Week.
Lt. Sal Filannino, along with several other Edison Police Officers, completed their journey from NJ to Washington DC as part of the Police Unity Bicycle Tour remembering fallen law enforcement officers
Unity Tour History
In May 1997 the Police Unity Tour was organized with the hope of bringing public awareness of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. We started in 1997 with 18 riders on a four day fund-raising bicycle ride from Florham Park, NJ to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C. which raised $18,000.00.
In May of 2014 there were over 1800 members nationwide who made the trip and were able to donate over $1.91 million to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, bringing our total donations to nearly 16 million dollars.
In late 2005, the Police Unity Tour pledged $5 million in support of the National Law Enforcement Museum. Inspired by our commitment and our motto, “We Ride For Those Who Died” the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected our organization to be the sponsor of the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance.
Having completed the 5 million dollar commitment to the museum in 2009, the Police Unity Tour dedicated the 2010 ride to the restoration of the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The $1.1 million restoration project included the re-engraving, coating and sealing of the then 18,983 names on the memorial, as well as, the cleaning of the walls and other memorial improvements.
The Police Unity Tour is also proud to sponsor the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s “Officer of the Month Program” and “Recently Fallen Alerts”.