Washington National Cathedral Holds Annual “Blessing of the Bikes” Ahead of Memorial Day

(Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts) James Magness (C), Bishop for the Armed Forces of the Episcopal Church, speaks with members of Rolling Thunder before the "Blessing of the Bikes" ceremony at National Cathedral in Washington, May 23, 2014. National Cathedral welcomed members of Rolling Thunder XXVII ahead of their annual ride on the Memorial Day weekend.
(Photo: Reuters/Joshua Roberts)
James Magness (C), Bishop for the Armed Forces of the Episcopal Church, speaks with members of Rolling Thunder before the “Blessing of the Bikes” ceremony at National Cathedral in Washington, May 23, 2014. National Cathedral welcomed members of Rolling Thunder XXVII ahead of their annual ride on the Memorial Day weekend.

Washington National Cathedral held its annual “Blessing of the Bikes” on Friday for members of Rolling Thunder as they arrived at the nation’s capital to honor fallen veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces on Memorial Day.

Ruth Frey, director of programs at Washington National Cathedral, told The Christian Post that “Rolling Thunder¹s presence at the Cathedral reminds us all we cannot fully recognize and honor the living without also remembering those who have been lost.”

“This event with Rolling Thunder is part of the Cathedral’s ongoing initiative to recognize and pay tribute to veterans, to offer a sacred space for spiritual healing, and to educate the civilian public about the experience of veterans and the challenges they and their families face when returning home,” said Frey.

“We also have two new features this year compared to last year: a Virginia chapter has made stoles for the service, which they will be presenting and will be blessed just before the blessing of the bikes and riders,” she continued.

“In addition, there is a brief Two Bells Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. held in memory of those lost to us, those missing in action, and in honor of those who continue to serve.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Michael Gryboski

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