Hundreds of bikers like a sea of blue came rolling into Harford County. The Police Unity Tour peddled through our Maryland making a special stop to remember our fallen officers Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon and Deputy Pat Dailey.
"Three months later I still pick up my phone to send him a text, and look forward to seeing him when I get home, only to realize it's not possible," said Logsdon's widow Jennifer.
Fighting back tears at times, she says time has stood still for her family.
Both men were killed February 10, 2016 responding to a call at Panera restaurant.
"I never thought I'd be standing here under these circumstances and although our lives will never be the same, she said. "I hope and pray we continue to work together as a community, state and nation to respect those that are here to protect us."
Her words are near and dear to those who've committed to the 280 mile trek from Philadelphia to the Law Enforcement Memorial in DC.
Memorial bracelets serve as motivation during the trip Maryland State Police Sergeant Jules Pritchard said. She's riding in honor of Deputies Dailey and Logsdon.
"I've been doing the police unity tour for seven years," she said. It's important for us to recognize our fallen officers to show the families or survivors their loved ones will never be forgotten."
The tour began in 1997. This year the memorial honors 20,000 fallen officers. Those who commit to ride know there's a sad reality to this annual trip.
"It's the only memorial in DC that I’ll never be sadly complete because every year we'll be adding names," Pritchard said.
And we already know two of those names.
"Our memories will live on and gradually our tears will turn to smiles as we reminisce about our good times we spent with Mark and to you, Mark from our wedding song by Rascal Flats I thank God for blessing the broken road that led me straight to you," Logsdon said.