THE POLICE UNITY TOUR -- (Extensions of Remarks - May 04, 2006)
* Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor the Police Unity Tour. On May 9th, the Police Unity Tour will kick-off their 10th anniversary bicycle tour to our Nation's capitol.
* For the past nine years, police officers have mounted their bicycles and cycled from New Jersey to Washington, DC, in memory of the men and women of the police force, who have sacrificed their lives while protecting our communities from harm. This year, the ride will begin on May 9 and end on May 13. The officers will depart from the Florham Park Police Headquarters, in Florham Park, NJ and will arrive at the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, DC, culminating their journey with a candlelight vigil.
* Established 10 years ago by Patrick P. Montuore of the Florham Park, NJ, Police Department, the Police Unity Tour started with 18 riders and has grown into a Nationwide project with participants and supporters from all over the country. The mission of the tour is to bring awareness to the lives of police officers who have died in the line of duty. The number of participants continues to grow with over 700 police officers participating last year.
* In route to Washington, the tour will stop at Ground Zero, a place that will forever remind us of American heroes. The Police Unity Tour honors the heroes who lost their lives that day and reminds us that everyday our police officers, firefighters, and emergency service personnel devote their lives to protecting and serving our communities. Too many of these officers make the ultimate sacrifice and to them we are eternally grateful. We must never take their actions for granted and always remember the families and friends they leave behind.
* Mr. Speaker, I urge you and my colleagues to join me in congratulating the participants of the Police Unity Tour on their 10th anniversary and for the work they do honoring those police officers who have died in the line of duty.