By: Caroline

The Freedom Memorial Wall Dedication has become an event at Smokin’ Harley-Davidson that draws the motorcycle community together every year. While its purpose is to remember our riding friends and family who have passed away, it is also to celebrate their lives and love of riding. The day began at 10 am with gospel music and inspirational speaker: this year’s speaker was Preacher Bob. Then, the memorial ride went on from 11 a.m. until noon and the riders came back to Smokin’ Harley-Davidson in time for a delicious lunch and fellowship. The Memorial Wall dedication ran from 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m.

Before the dedication, Smokin’ Harley-Davidson’s General Manager, Ray Perry, read the Proclamation issued by Winston-Salem Mayor, Allen Joines, stating that the first Sunday in May has been proclaimed as “Freedom Memorial Wall Sunday”. The day was quite rainy, but that did not stop family and friends coming out to pay their respects and listen as each name on the wall was read. A balloon release completed this beautiful ceremony. Next year, the 23rd Annual Freedom Memorial Wall Dedication will be held on the first Sunday in May, which is the 3rd. Mark your calendar and watch for the ad in The Carolinas’ Full Throttle Magazine.

Anyone who wishes to have a person added to the Memorial Wall can obtain an application at Smokin’ Harley-Davidson. Although many riding groups, such as the Winston-Salem HOG Chapter #2619 and the Winston Wings dedicate their time and resources to maintain the Freedom Memorial Wall, donations are very much needed and appreciated. If you would like to help out, you can contact David Nicoletta at 336-978-5542. You can also go by Smokin’ Harley-Davidson at 3441 Myer Lee Drive in Winston-Salem, NC. or call them at 336-790-6094.