Vail Valley memorial dedicated Wednesday |

Vail Valley memorial dedicated Wednesday

Scott N. Miller/Vail DailyJust about every emergency-service agency in the Vail Valley turned out Wednesday for the ninth annual "Ride in Remembrance." The ride honors those who have died in the line of duty in Eagle County.

VAIL VALLEY – There weren’t many motorcycles – looming Vail Valley snow will do that to a parade – but Eagle County’s police officers, firefighters and ambulance crews turned out in force Wednesday to honor those who have died in the line of duty.

The annual parade of emergency vehicles – and a hardy trio of local residents on motorcycles – was part of the ninth annual “Ride in Remembrance.” The annual event is always poignant for those who participate. This year there was a little added emotion in the chill, almost-snowy air with the dedication of a new memorial at Freedom Park in Edwards.

The memorial is simple, and serves a couple of purposes: honoring veterans and emergency service people, as well as the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Hovering above the pyramid-shaped stone memorial is a rectangular piece of limestone, a small piece of the Pentagon blown loose when a jet slammed into it nearly a decade ago.

That piece of stone is one of just 45 that have been authorized for various memorials around the country.

Local architect Tab Bonidy – one of the few motorcyclists who turned out Wednesday – designed the memorial, and said he’s happy with it. He’s even happier with the way it came together after construction stalled. Ultimately, several local contractors donated time and materials to bring the memorial together.

“It was simple,” Bonidy said. “All I did was make a few phone calls.”

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