Arkansas Fallen Riders Association will host its yearly memorial service Saturday in the Christian Life Center at Watson Chapel Baptist Church, 5514 Pinnacle Lane.
This service is part of AFRA’s monthly meeting, which includes breakfast. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 9:15 a.m. and the memorial service will begin at 10:10 a.m.
Ten years ago a group of bikers in the Jefferson County area banded together to help the families of riders who had “gone down” while riding their motorcycles. In some cases the help was a shoulder to lean on and in others it was help with funeral expenses. The Arkansas Fallen Riders Association, based in Jefferson County, exists to help spiritually, emotionally, and financially when a biker goes down, according to a spokesman.
In 2005, a 10-foot wooden Cross was given to this group and placed in a cemetery in Grant County. Fallen riders were soon memorialized with their names placed on the cross by friends as a reminder of their lives to those who would come after.
The service will feature pictures of the seven people being honored and family members or friends will tell about their lives. After the service, there will be a Memorial Ride to the Cedar Branch Cemetery in Grant County where the Cross now stands.
The names that will be placed on the Cross will be Michael Strachota, Greg Ponder, Porter Crawford, Tim Roig, Sandy Johnson, Jerry Evett, and Mike “Bear” Sartin.
Memorial shirts including the names of all the fallen riders will be available for purchase.