Fallen Motorcyclist Memorial.

Fallen Motorcyclist Memorial

Field review by the editors.

Hopedale, Ohio

The Fallen Motorcyclist Memorial resembles the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC: a long wall inscribed with names of the dead. Each end of the wall is bookended by a full-size 2-D motorcycle carved from granite. The memorial is built so that as more motorcyclists die, the bikes at each end can slide outward so that more slabs can be added.

At its 1993 dedication, the central black granite "Motherstone" was flanked by only two slabs of names. Now the memorial extends several hundred feet with dozens of slabs.

A quick perusal of the names -- and there are a lot of names -- suggests that memorialized motorcyclists rarely reach retirement age. Brent "Blockhead" Long was 32. Patty "Hot Dawg" Beres was 46. Wayne "Insane" McLean was an old man at 61.

Around the memorial is a "Walkway of Memories," paved with bricks inscribed with custom epitaphs such as, "In Memory of Skull," and, "See you again, Uncle Rat." There's also a gazebo with a guest book for signatures, a binder for finding names on the wall, and a framed poem, "Silent Thunder," written by a minister who performed a biker wedding at the memorial. The poem reads, in part:

Fallen Motorcyclist Memorial.

"Fearsome looking and thoroughly leather clad,
It was always the stereotypes of others that made them bad.
With their throttle half open and hell bound,
Their tailpipes as angels' trumpets made a heavenly sound."

Artist Anne Milligan engraved the central Motherstone with an image of a biker guy and gal in their prime, barreling down a winding highway beneath the wings of a big Bald Eagle. Neither biker wears a helmet as they curve into the eternal.

Fallen Motorcyclist Memorial

Address:
48225 Rabbit Rd, Hopedale, OH
Directions:
On the grounds behind American Legion Post #682. US Hwy 22 exit onto Hwy 151 south. Stay right into town, go under the viaduct, then turn right on Rabbit Rd. You'll quickly see the entry drive for the American Legion on the left.
Phone:
740-937-9995
Admission:
Free
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