By Aila Boyd

The Town of Buchanan welcomed cyclists from Law Enforcement United last Friday at the Buchanan Town Park during the group’s annual Tough Ride.

The stop in Buchanan was part of the Roanoke Division’s 250 mile/three-day ride from Roanoke to Washington D.C., which honors fallen law enforcement officers and raises money to support the families of fallen law enforcement officers. The group arrived in the nation’s capital in time for the start of National Police Week, which runs from Sunday, May 12 through Saturday, May 18.

National Police Week spawned out of a 1962 proclamation that President John F. Kennedy signed, which declared May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. Now, National Police Week is a weeklong annual celebration that occurs in Washington D.C.

This marked the fourth year that the cyclists have stopped in Buchanan. Cyclists from 17 different states participated in the Roanoke to Washington D.C. route.

In order to participate in the ride, cyclists had to raise $1,500. Funds raised go to benefit The Road to Hope, Concerns of Police Survivors, The…

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