History of the National Memorial Ride
The National Memorial Ride offers motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity
to show their pride in Canada's Veterans and commemorate the Fallen.
The idea to have a National Memorial Ride (NMR) began after several
Veteran motorcycle enthusiasts saw the success of the annual American
Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride that supported American Veterans. They
also wanted to give Veteran motorcyclists the opportunity to pay their
respects to fallen comrades.
The problem was that Canada did not have a national military cemetery
for these Veterans to meet and pay their respects. This situation
changed in 2007 when the federal government agreed to the creation of
the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa.
Armed with an idea and a location, these founding NMR members set
about organizing the ride. The target date was 2010 and more than 150
Veteran motorcycle organizations gathered at the National Military
Cemetery on the first Sunday in June that year.
The NMR has continued unabated ever since. In 2015, the executive of
the NMR approached the Legion and asked them to host this event because
it was growing in scope and size beyond the capabilities of a few
The National Memorial Ride is the only event sanctioned by the
Canadian Armed Forces, the Beechwood Cemetery and the Legion, inviting
large numbers of Veteran motorcycle enthusiasts to visit the site on
their motorcycles and pay their respects.
The Legion’s NMR is open to all Veteran motorcycle enthusiasts,
Veteran motorcycle organizations, and supporters who wish to give
meaning to past sacrifice and acknowledge the courage of those presently
For more details on the Ride and how to participate or to observe, please view our registration details.
(Photo courtesy of Beechwood Cemetery and Richard Lawrence Photography)